My understanding about the Mormon Channel on Roku is that the Church contracts with a 3rd party to program and maintain the Roku code base. The Church can then focus on content.
It's a very popular channel!
BYU TV also contracted with a 3rd party for their channel.
BYU-Idaho went the home-built route, but our proof-of-concept channel is on hold right now. University leadership is not sure how a Roku channel helps our communication strategy. We also don't have a large library of content like BYU and the Church.
What is your experience with Roku development? If the university decides to proceed, I'll need to train another student employee as a Roku developer. I wouldn't mind having an added mentor involved!
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