This ROKU Walkthrough will walk through how to setup a live ROKU channel and begin streaming using DaCast. Need help with the basics of live streaming (i.e., setting up cameras and encoders)? Check out this guide instead.
In this tutorial, we will show you how to create your own private channel on ROKU, step-by-step.
In order to start, you will need the following:
- Your DaCast account
- An InstantTVChannel account (create one for free here.)
- A ROKU account (create one for free here.)
STEP 1: Create you channel on InstantTVChannel
First, login to the account you just created on www.instanttvchannel.com. The main page should look like this:
Click on “Channels” on the top-left part of the screen and then on “Create New channel”. An Information BOX will appear on the Top-Center of the page. Be sure to select “Classic” for the Channel Type and hit the “Confirm button”.
STEP 2: Choose and Edit your Theme
You can now click on “Theme” on the Top-Left part of the screen. In this section, you will be able to chose a Title and a Subtitle for your content, various Icons (in order to fit all the screen types, you can upload both SD and HD picture. The image shown for your users will depend on the hardware they have at home).
The Theme Settings look like this:
And the Picture/Icons Settings looks like this. Use the Image Ratio requested every time if you want the picture to be shown:
You also have the possibility to tailor you Text and Style by setting all the details.
For each parameter, a small description of what it does is given on the Right. You can also report to the “Help” window on the very Right part of you screen for more information.
STEP 3: Enter the Content information for your channel
Now that we have created our channel and set its description, icons and style, it is time to select the content that you will be broadcasting on your ROKU App (ROKU calls this an App). Click on “Content” on the Left part of your screen:
In this section, you will choose what content you will broadcast on your ROKU Channel. By default, only 1 video is already showing. You can “Right Click” on the name of you Channel (Top-Left part of the screen) and Click on “New Video or Audio” to add more.
Once you have done that, you can now parameter each video by setting its Title, Description, Poster, Length, Feature Actors and Director, etc. (You can even protect you content with a Password we won’t use this feature on this tutorial in order to make it simple).
In the section “Stream 1” => URL, you must provide the M3U8 link to your content and set the StreamFormat to “hls”:
STEP 4: Create your PKG file and get ready to broadcast
Now that we are done setting up your channel, click back on “Channels” (Top-Left of the screen), then click on the “Package” icon designated by the red arrow on the picture below and finally click on “Confirm Pkg” on the Top-Center on the screen. Save the file somewhere on your computer that you can easily access.
STEP 5: Go to your Dev account on ROKU
Login to you dev account at https://developer.roku.com/home. Then, on the Top of your screen, click on “Developer Site”. It will redirect you to the page below. Click on “My Channels”.
You can now select the desired features for you channel and select the Language:
You are now going to be asked to upload the PKG file that you created earlier on InstantTVChannel. Select the file, upload it and then click the “Submit” button on the Center of the screen. Once you have done this, note the “Access Code” somewhere you can find easily. It is the one underlined in red on the picture below:
Now, go back to you ROKU main page and this time, click on “Add a Channel”:
And enter the code you noted earlier:
A message will confirm that you successfully added you Channel:
STEP 6: Access you content on your ROKU device and verify that it works well
We are now almost done setting up a ROKU channel. We created the App and parameterized the Channel. It is now time to test it.
Go to you ROKU device and turn it ON. Then go to “Settings” => “System” => “System Update”:
This will allow your ROKU box to upload the App on its system.
You can now access you Channel. It is located in the “Home” section, at the very bottom of you Channels list:
You are now all set. Hope you enjoyed this ROKU Walkthrough. Happy streaming!
For more tutorials about Streaming and VOD, please come visit our dedicated page.