Archive for September, 2010

Six

Been awhile!

I recently bought a Roku Digital Video Player for an old tube TV in my bedroom. We’ve been using it for a month and I’ve been absolutely smitten with it. I couldn’t be happier with the purchase, and I plan to buy another one for our main HDTV in the living room.

Roku just so happens to offer a free SDK, so that you can develop your own “channels” and distribute them via their official Channel Store.  Nice!

Developers have already created channels for a lot of popular websites, like Flickr, Pandora, blip.tv, Revision3, and break.com. After downloading and playing around with all of these channels, I thought that it would be cool to watch videos from Giant Bomb (and other Whiskey Media websites) on my Roku.

Whiskey Media just so happens to offer a free API, so that you can query a bunch of information from their databases, including all of their videos. Nice!

The Roku SDK and the Whiskey API seemed like a perfect match, so I quickly got to work on developing a channel. After nearly two weeks of nightly coding, I’m almost done with a 1.0 release candidate. You can see the current state of the Whiskey Media Roku Channel in the YouTube video below:

I still have a little polishing-up to do, but I plan to submit a build for Channel Store distribution soon.

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