Zype Instant App Builder for Amazon Fire TV + New Options for Roku

By Chris Smith on January 20, 2016

Application creation through Zype just got a whole lot faster and more flexible.

We’re always working to streamline the OTT app creation process, which is why Zype is proud to announce Instant Code Generation for Amazon Fire TV and a slew of behind-the-scenes changes to our Roku SDK to deliver a more flexible and reliable SDK.

What’s New with Amazon Fire TV

The Zype platform now offers an automated bundling process for Amazon Fire TV apps. All you need to do is fill out a few simple forms and a finished code package will be emailed to you ready for publishing.

The code package allows you to submit your app straight to Amazon as soon as you receive it. If you need more help with the submission process, we are available to submit on your behalf.

So how can you get started using instant code generation?

Step 1 - Choose Platform

To get started, log in to the Zype admin dashboard. On the left sidebar of the platform, choose Video Apps and then click Create An App. Choose Amazon Fire TV!


Step 2 - Customize Your Fire TV App

This is where you will fill out the title you want for the app, the way you would like your videos arranged and the imagery that will appear both in your channel and in the Amazon store upon publishing.


Step 3 - Preview and Publish


When choosing self-publish, an email will be sent to you with your bundled Amazon Fire TV app and Store Icon image. You will be responsible for submitting the bundled product through the Amazon Developer Console.


Alternatively, Zype can publish your app on your behalf. If you prefer this option, the bundle will be sent to our developers and we will upload for you through the Amazon Developer Console.

Get Started!

For more information about submitting your Amazon Fire TV App to the Amazon Developers Console or setting up your monetization strategy, visit Publishing an Amazon Fire TV on the Zype Platform.

New Amazon Fire TV Options Available from the Zype Dashboard:

Automated App Building

Main Settings : Title, Featured Playlist, Featured Category, Logo, Auto Play

Monetization : AVOD, In App Purchasing

Advanced : Nested Categories, Per Page, Icon X/Y Position

Build Details : Store Icon

What’s New with Roku

The Roku automated bundling process has been updated and streamlined so more changes can originate directly from the Zype API. This means that you’ll be able to instantly update your Roku channel without having to repackage or re-submit your application to Roku. You’ll have more flexibility at your fingertips!

A number of options that used to be custom-only are now available directly from the dashboard. This gives you the ability to get your app code instantly, even if you want access to more advanced app options.

New Roku Options Available from the Zype Dashboard:

Main Settings: Autoplay videos

Monetization: Enable Ads, Force Ads, In App Purchase, Subscribe to Watch Ad Free, Device Linking, Device Link URL

Advanced: Nested Categories, Grid Layout Options

Labels: Springboard Breadcrumb On/Off, Home Breadcrumb On/Off, Category Home Breadcrumb On/Off, Subscription Button Text customization

About the Author : Jeremy Kay is a full stack developer at Zype where he focuses on making it easy for customers to build set-top video apps for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and more. Jeremy also spent many years as a freelance bass player and have had the pleasure to play with a broad range of artists in New York and around the world.

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