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Can we get an E3 event category?

No way to get to the press conferences currently, they disappeared off of the recent shows list too quickly with all of the trailers.

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@frobie Channel is definitely looking better! Appreciate the more frequent updates, and general attention that this is getting.

I'm seeing a problem where each time the channel is updated, I lose all of my "resume playing" statuses for every video, and I also have to relink my account.

The channel's local storage should persist between updates, unless you're manually clearing it out or something. Are you packaging the channel with the same key each time? If you're not packaging updates with the same key, you'll get a clean database with each update, which is undesirable.

https://sdkdocs.roku.com/display/sdkdoc/Packaging+Roku+Channels#PackagingRokuChannels-Rekeying

Also, the "resume playing" status incorrectly resets on videos very easily. If I try to resume an in-progress video, but the video fails to load, it removes the resume option. Most channels update this status every few seconds on a timer while the video is playing, rather than when the video stops playing or whatever.

Hope the last few kinks get ironed out, feels like it's almost there!

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Are there plans to address the channel load time? Would hope to see this reduced at some point, it's the longest-loading channel that I use by far.

Instead of loading each and every category during initialization, you can load them dynamically when the category comes into focus as the user scrolls. This is what most other Roku channels do.

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@ryudo said:

Is there anyway you can add a resume feature on the app? I am not going to sit through a 4 hour Mario Party video so Iwould like to come back later and resume like the old app.

This is a real killer, and a loss of functionality over the previous channel.

Makes it impossible to keep up with any of the long-form video series.

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FYI - @rorie@frobie

Roku just announced that they're sunsetting the old version of the SDK that the current Giant Bomb Roku channel is built with. You will be unable to update the existing channel as of next year, and the year after that it will cease to function completely.

https://blog.roku.com/developer/2017/02/01/legacy-sdk/

  • Effective immediately: No new features will be added to our “SDK1” visual screens
  • July 1, 2017: All new channels must use RSG or Direct Publisher
  • January 1, 2018: All channel updates must use RSG or Direct Publisher
  • January 1, 2019: Legacy visual screen components will be removed from Roku OS

Something to keep in mind.

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Channel updated? Looks like I have a new version.

...but it seems like it loses my login after exiting the channel now. That's a new bug for me.

Anyone else?

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@edgework said:

UPDATE:

I'm not entirely sure the code this was based on is the latest code. I say that because I started playing with the rest of the app and found that its way busted. Is it normal to have to sync your premium account every time you play a new Premium video?

...anyway I need to figure out if I have the latest code. If I do then this app needs a lot of help and we're not going to be able to do that. If there's any Roku devs out there who hate themselves enough to learn Brightcode (WTF?) and are interested in taking this on please let me know...

Paging @alexisg or @sdornan, if either of them still check the forums.

Count me as another user who primarily views GB content through the Roku channel. Given the popularity of the Roku and other streaming boxes, I would imagine that there are plenty of others for whom this is true.

To the CBSi developers - having some Roku development on your resume might not be such a bad thing. Streaming boxes have just been getting more popular year after year, and Roku is one of the big players in this space. I'm not sure why learning a new marketable skill (and satisfying your community in the process) qualifies as "hating yourself."

For a modern media company like CBSi, you would think this would be a much higher priority than it seems to be.

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Is the Roku channel currently broken for anybody else?

When I press play, the video screen comes up for a fraction of a second and then instantly bails back to the video description page.

Nothing will play for me currently.

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@jslack: Not true, the current GB Roku app was coded in-house and you guys have full control over it.

https://github.com/WhiskeyMedia/roku/tree/master/giantbomb

Have at it homey.