Is there any reason that I should not set up a "channel" on Roku to serve out the permaculture videos to roku devices? I'm interested in setting up a 'private' channel over this coming winter, just for my own entertainment, but I don't have any of my own data to serve out.
"The Roku is an open-platform device with a freely available SDK that enables anyone to create new channels. The channels are written in a Roku-specific language called BrightScript, a scripting language the company calls "similar to Visual Basic".
Developers who wish to test their channels before a general release, or who wish to limit viewership, can create "private" channels that require a code be entered by the user in the account page of the Roku website. These private channels, which are not part of the official Roku Channel Store, are not reviewed or approved by Roku."
Interesting concept. I don't have cable either and was thinking of getting a Roku to stream movies. I see there are lots of "specialty" channels - it would be pretty awesome to have a Permaculture channel.
So instead of programming a separate channel for permaculture vids - one could just go to YouTube, say, and pull up a channel with a ton of permaculture vids? Although a separate channel has it's own appeal.
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Erik Little wrote:I just cut cable tv and I got a Roku 3.
Since Roku 3 just added youtube to its list of channels I am not sure that there would be much of a need for a separate channel.
Not all of us have a Roku3. I've been off cable for years using my Roku LT. No Youtube for us yet. Besides, Having a separate Channel makes it so much easier to get to hat you want. Also, A Permies Channel would fill a niche that is wide open. There aren't any current gardening channels that I know of ( either public or private). The only one that comes close is AgTV and that has like 12 videos about unicropping corn and making barbeque that haven't updated in a year.
Of course i'd love to see all of Paul's vids and those he's gotten permission to re-publish, but I'd also love to see a section for user submitted videos of their gardens, farms, techniques, and all sorts of cool interesting shit. The main problem with a lot of independent Roku Channels is they languish with infrequent updates and lack of variety. I don't think that would be a problem here. It could be more a channel for the permaculture community, bolstered by community content, bringing attention to permaculture for what it is and acting as fountain of ideas for the public at large.
Looks like what you need are content providers. Is there anyone else out there with a whole bunch of raw permaculture video that just needs to be condensed it into something viewable? I feel like I have hours of raw video of my projects but I have neither time to edit nor an audience to present to. If you get the channel up and running, perhaps you could acquire video from content makers in enchange for the cross promotion. I'll be motivated to finish videos by knowing you have a ready audience to consume them. You benefit by just having to run the channel and select content.