This step-by-step walk-through will guide you through the process of
creating an Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) bucket to store public Roku content
such as poster artwork.
Content stored in the S3 bucket will be accessible from a Roku channel
or from a computer with a web browser.
The S3 bucket will be functionally the same as a directory or folder on a web server,
except that it will have a virtually unlimited amount of bandwidth available.
Log into your AWS (Amazon Web Services) account and
go to the S3 section of your AWS control panel.
Click the Create Bucket button.
Provide a Bucket Name, for example "my-public-bucket".
Very Important: Use only lower-case characters, digits, and dashes in your bucket name.
Instant TV Channel does not support the use of upper-case characters or other symbols in bucket names.
Good Bucket Name: test-bucket
Good Bucket Name: bucket123
Bad Bucket Name: test.bucket(contains unsupported period character ".")
Bad Bucket Name: bucket+123(contains unsupported plus character "+")
Bad Bucket Name: Test-Bucket(contains upper-case characters "T" and "B")
The bucket Region should be set to "US East (N. Virginia)".
Click the Next button (located in the lower right corner) to advance to the "Configure options" page.
No changes are necessary on this page.
Click the Next button to advance to the "Set permissions" page.
Uncheck all four of the checkboxes under "Manage public access control lists" and "Manage public bucket policies".
Click the Next button to advance to the "Review" page.
Click the Create bucket button.
Now we will add a bucket policy.
This will allow every file in your bucket to be publicly accessible
without having to individually adjust the permissions on each file.
Click the newly-created bucket name.
This will display a page with several tabs, such as "Overview", "Properties", "Lifecycle", "Permissions", and "Management".
Click the Permissions tab.
Click Bucket Policy. This will open a Bucket policy editor window.
Copy the policy below and paste it into the Bucket Policy Editor window,
with the actual name of the bucket that you just created.
This policy specifies that anybody can read the contents of the bucket.
Do not use SSL URLs (URLs starting with https) to access poster artwork,
as it will greatly increase the time it takes for your Roku channel to
load the posters, particularly in large horizontal lists or grids.
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Instant TV Channel
Instant TV Channel is a cloud-based tool for Roku developers and content providers that shortens development time and eases maintenance after deployment.