Build & publish a Roku Channel
using FREE templates, online channel builders & tutorials
Looking for a beginner channel developer support group?
Check out & subscribe to Reddit: r/RokuPrivateChannels
Building and publishing a Roku Channel can be FREE. Roku provides the tools, the SDK kit, and a developer account for free. In addition 3rd party resources are available such as online channel builders from Instant TV Channel that offers a FREE plan that can be upgraded as your audience grows. For those DIYers, free templates are available. We like and recommend the New Video Player actively maintained by Roku developer – Belltown. This template is a completely re-written and enhanced version of the Roku SDK example.
Looking for low-cost hosting for your video files? Vimeo Pro at $199 offers unlimited bandwidth and has positive reviews on the Roku developer forum. Additional hosting providers compatible with Roku services can also be found within the same Roku forum thread.
What about using YouTube? It’s FREE. YouTube does not allow 3rd party players. You may get your YouTube account banned.
For those with little-no coding experience, Instant TV Channel is another solution. Build a complete Roku channel in 5 minutes or less with an easy-to-use graphical interface. No programming, XML, or “side-loading” needed. Not only private channels, but many OFFICIAL PUBLIC channels use InstantTVChannel. As your Roku viewing audience grows, InstantTVChannel offers additional plans and services.