The landscape at Roku has changed drastically over the last year.
Right now, there are dozens and dozens of Church and Cooking channels clogging up the Public development que. Getting listed in the Roku channel store is a horrible situation, but you can get your PRIVATE Roku channel published immediately.
A little background…Right now it can take 2 months to get a “Public” channel approved. And then guess what…Making money with a Roku Channel is difficult.
Many have tried to monetize free channels with advertising and failed. It’s almost impossible to find a ad-insertion company that will take you seriously unless you get 500,000 views a month. And how do you get that kind of viewership?
Be Crackle, Be Netflix Be Amazon? Ha! In other words, forget it because you don’t have the engaging content that these networks have. 70’s 80’s films, Public Domain, and B-grade movie are just…well, it’s crap. No one wants to watch that stuff. Not convinced?
What do you watch? Game of Thrones? The Americans? The Walking Dead? Scandal? The Voice? Madmen reruns? Now how can B grade movies or TV shows compete with quality programming that networks produce? Unless you have Bruce Willis or better in your film…fo-get-about-it…
So…this brings me back to what they call Private Roku Channel publication. It’s not really private! And it’s something you can do on the cheap. I can make a Roku channel for your organization, without going through the Roku publishing approval process and without owning content produced for mass appeal. If you (or I) build a Roku channel they will come!
Picture this: If you have a Church group, Society, Meetup, VFW, Karate Club or most any other organization, then it’s likely that you’re already posting the videos of your meetings, outings and special events on Youtube or whatever. Now then, with my help you can publish your content on a Roku “private” channel. This is a TV channel that comes alive on your TV. And it’s a great way to distribute your content to your current members and potential recruits.
That’s because a private Roku channel is not really hidden or “private.” It’s just Roku’s term for a channel that doesn’t appear on their published list of channels. You know, the list that includes ABC, CBS and the big boys. Well, who wants to compete with them anyway? (You can’t, so why try.)
Okay, so how much will I charge you and what do you get. Right now I can make a private Roku channel for you for about a hundred bucks. That’s a one time charge. Yep, pay me once and you own the Channel.
This will save you all the headaches of browsing Roku’s development “how to” pages and their almost useless blog. You don’t need SDK’s or any of that “coding” garbage. You don’t need ‘No Stinkn’ Eclipse, Brightscript or any other special software. Oh, I am assuming you know how to email me your organization logo, yada yada.
You eventually will need a Roku device. If you don’t have 50 bucks and a PC to start, then this might not be for you because I’m just a Roku Channel builder. I don’t make the rules, like if you want to use Roku’s billing system, then you’ll have to get approved by them and that takes months. My solution is for free channels or channels that you charge for via your own means like a Club membership fee.
And I don’t have the authority to force Roku to publish a channel, especially one that has “borrowed” content, nudity or other redflag material…So I guess I’m saying there’s no guarantees in the life of a Internet TV Broadcaster. Okay, so assuming you’re an adult and you’re responsible for your own actions, let’s forget the bable and read on please.
You can buy a cheap Roku for around 49 bucks… Now, when you go to the Internet to register the Roku device you’ll eventually see a link for “Developer accounts.” You will need to supply Roku with your name, address, email etc for the Developer account. They call it an application process, but there’s nothing much to approve really. My account was free. I’m assuming they will keep Developer accounts free.
That’s how you start, it’s simple.
You of course will want your own Youtube or other account for your Video content. I like to see that you have Mp4 (mpeg 4) videos when I build your Channel, Mp4 videos of most any quality play fine on the Roku.
That’s almost it for this posting. Drop me a line and if I have time I’ll build you a Roku channel for 100 dollars or so.
*PS: This service is for Private channels only. I will not develop a Public channel for you because the competition is steep and I’m doing everything I can to make money on my own channels. And to ensure this, I will either put a little Accreditation within your channel indicating your channel is PRIVATE and developed by yours truly OR I will use a service like feedburner to compile your videos/feeds. Don’t worry, you’ll have a chance to look at the Channel in demo mode before you pay me or upload it to your Developer account. (I can upload it for you if need be.)
Oh, no offense, but I also will look at your video content to make sure it’s not hate/porn-adult or STOLEN/ILLEGAL content. Why, because I don’t want Roku to associate what I develop for you with my commercial account. (They have the right to cancel accounts if you/I break the rules.)
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