Self Publishing a Roku Channel on the Zype Platform
Before being ready to self-publish, you will need to set up your Roku Channel on the Zype Platform. Click here to read up on how to set up your Roku Channel for publishing. To self-publish your Roku Channel, you will need to have a Roku device and be comfortable using the terminal. This tutorial is focused for those users who are on Mac or linux. If you are on Windows, you can follow along with the tutorial, but you will need to use the Eclipse BrightScript plug-in to package your Roku Channel (step 2).
Step 1: Enable Roku Development Mode on Your Box
You will need to enable Roku Development Mode on your Roku device. Read through the Roku Documentation on how to load and run your Roku Channel.
Please store your ROKU_DEV_TARGET (the IP address of your Roku) and DEVPASSWORD (you will get to choose this when you set up your Roku Developer Device). You will need both of these to side load your Roku Channel into your Roku device.
Step 2: Unzip your bundled channel and test out locally (Mac/Linux)
Zype will email you a bundled channel zip that contains the BrightScript code for your Roku Channel. You will need to unzip your channel and, in your terminal, navigate to the Roku code.
Next, open up app.mk in your text editor of choice and change the ROKU_DEV_TARGET and DEVPASSWORD to match your Roku device.
Then, run make install inside the Roku Channel directory in your terminal to side load your Roku Channel to your Roku device.
If the command is successful, your Roku Channel will load automatically to your Roku Device.
Step 3: Package Your Roku Channel for Publishing
You will need to key your Roku Channel using your Roku device. Please read the official Roku documentation on how to generate your key and key your device.
Step 4: Submit Your Roku Channel to the Roku Channel Store
Now that you have a packaged Roku Channel, you will need to submit your Roku Channel to the Roku Channel Store. You can choose to either publish a private channel or a public channel. A private channel will be published right away, but is not searchable via the Roku Channel Store. You will be given a Channel URL that you can share to others to add your private channel. To publish a public channel, you will added to the Roku Publishing Queue for Roku QA. Based on high demand, it can take anywhere from 2 to 3 months to get approved by Roku into the Roku Channel Store.
Click here to submit your Roku Channel! You will have to be logged into your Roku Developer Account.
Please feel free to reach out to Zype using the question box in the lower left hand corner if you have any questions or would like Zype to publish your Roku Channel for you!