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#1 butch79 OFFLINE  

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Posted 20 July 2016 - 12:03 AM

Wanting to know if the Emby Roku team is ever going to update the Roku interface to match the Android or Emby Tv app?

I love the functionality of using the Roku as my watching endpoint, but I would really like to know if it is going to get a facelift anytime soon?
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Posted 20 July 2016 - 12:09 AM

Hi, yes we are currently planning and beginning to look at that.


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Posted 20 July 2016 - 12:21 AM

@butch79

http://emby.media/co...lue-neon-night/

Have you seen this themed roku app for emby? It is 100% Free, full version, no ads, no in-app payments required. It is fully community driven, and feature-filled. Both emby roku apps can be on your home screen together. This is an exclusive app for forum members.

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Posted 20 July 2016 - 09:55 AM

Yes, I have seen Blue Neon Light. I am not interested in this. Thank you speechless.

 

I am looking for something more modern. Something that looks similar to the Emby Theatre for Windows. The interfaces need to be similar so that when users go between interfaces they get a similar experience.


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Posted 20 July 2016 - 02:34 PM

You are looking for better live-tv, its okay to be honest. A real grid interface for roku. This is what you mean by modern interface. I gotcha.

The interface being the same on all devices limits the extra things each unique device can do. I am not a fan of the "one look fits all" design philosophy. I would rather each UI takes advantage of features unique to each device. This makes each device keep its charms, rather than forcing a "school uniforms" policy on all apps.

@Luke the live-tv section of the app should become scene graph first. The focus and time should be spent on this area first. This is the one real area where the roku leaves alot to be desired. Especially compared to other apps such as androidTV and theater. This is the sore spot people keep picking at. It scabs over, and its picked at again. Please put the main focus of your efforts on live-tv first with a grid. This will also encourage premiere adoption, since a full grid would require premiere. Some food for thought.

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Posted 21 July 2016 - 01:21 PM

[watching this thread hopefully]



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Posted 02 August 2016 - 06:36 PM

Maybe not a one look fits all but something like what the Netflix app for Roku looks like. Rather than having to slowly click through the categories, {"Jump In", "Resume", "Favorites", etc...}, each category could be a separate row.



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Posted 03 August 2016 - 02:22 PM

I find that the stock Emby app for Roku works very similar to the Roku Netflix app.  The navigation is pretty much the same, and appearance wise its very similar to Netflix, especially if you have all the background images and metadata for your media.

 

I disagree that live-tv should be the priority for Roku support, I would suspect that a large percent of Emby users are watching media they have stored, not watching live-tv.


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Posted 03 August 2016 - 10:29 PM

I disagree that live-tv should be the priority for Roku support, I would suspect that a large percent of Emby users are watching media they have stored, not watching live-tv.

 

Live TV is the priority for everything. I suspect we'll have Live TV on the Apple Watch and Samsung Gear before the Roku app gets updated.


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Posted 03 August 2016 - 10:31 PM

Live TV is the priority for everything. I suspect we'll have Live TV on the Apple Watch and Samsung Gear before the Roku app gets updated.

 

Now that's not true  :lol:



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Posted 03 August 2016 - 10:44 PM

Now that's not true  :lol:

I feel like a "yet" is missing. :lol:



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Posted 03 August 2016 - 10:56 PM

I only said liveTV needs updating as it is the red-headed step-child of the roku app. Compared to other devices this is where the roku is clunky. The rest is pretty much feature complete and in line with other apps. I would attempt to make a liveTV grid like other apps have, but I dont have liveTV. This is my one weakness, my kryptonite.

I do agree that there does need to be backgrounds, some fancy icons, some sounds/speech, multi language and then some pretty graphical methods to overlay windows and animate things. It will get there, but the talent pool in the roku department is lacking. There are a few users as of late, like myself, showing interest in bettering the roku app, collaborating on things. We are just individual users though. We arent part of internal developer discussions, or part of the "inner circle" of members with special perks.

This is where if luke is serious, he is missing an opportunity not reaching out to these people and helping round up the talent pool. Plex took on outside developers for their new roku app. The one running lead developed rarflix. If there was incentive to create something amazing I am sure people would line up to provide help.

There is a way to monetize in-app payments through the roku app. The same way the appleTV and androidTV require subscription or one time payment unlock. This would aggravate users initially, but encourage premiere adoption. Those wanting entirely free, can use the old app, or the blue neon app.

A free version, of the premium scene graph app can be made available after a short time. Perhaps 3 months. This free app would also require an in-app payment unlock or a premiere subscription for liveTV features. The free app would lockout liveTV until then. The only downside is nowTV and sideloading. These users cannot contact the roku store methods to pay in-app. For sideloading on nowTV would require a different way to make payments.

This is just me mumbling to myself so it may not evolve this way. But without some way to motivate development and encourage competition the app cannot be as great as it couldve been. So dont expect a free ride forever. Be grateful for what you have right now.

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Posted 04 August 2016 - 12:21 AM

I'd happily pay for an updated version.  I've tried just about every device emby is available on and roku outperforms them all.  It's just a shame that roku put such a limitation on development of apps.


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Posted 03 September 2016 - 03:22 PM

Im also following this thread. Bought a Roku4 and i was a bit dissapointed in Emby app. Ok all works. But I also want the design more like emby apps.

I have faith in developers and pressing update in channel store every 3 hour :ph34r:

I would gladly pay for a different design more like other emby apps that looks and works so great!



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Posted 13 September 2016 - 12:44 PM

+1!

 

Updated Roku app with better LiveTV abilities would be welcome!

 

I'm sure a lot would pay to have polished client apps. I know I would.



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Posted 17 September 2016 - 01:20 PM

Yeah, I think the Roku app needs some TLC too. It hasn't been updated for AGES. It still works, but it's way out of step with other Emby apps now, and the LiveTV side is way clunky.



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Posted 19 September 2016 - 03:39 PM

I would love to see this upgrade! I know I read somewhere that it was already in the works.



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Posted 26 September 2016 - 10:22 AM

I keep watching for a new Roku upgrade for EMBY!  Would love to come home...



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Posted 26 September 2016 - 10:25 AM

I keep watching for a new Roku upgrade for EMBY!  Would love to come home...

 

We can't say when it will be ready but I wouldn't be checking for it every day right now.



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Posted 26 September 2016 - 10:31 AM

Hey EBR!  Thanks for the reply.  I check about once a month.  Community is so much better over here!






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