How To Build The Ultimate Video Podcasting Portal – Introduction

How To Build The Ultimate Video Podcasting Portal – Introduction

I have finally cracked the code.   Since the beginning of time… or at least my time on the Internet… I dreamed of a way to put my content in someones living room.

Over the years I’ve added to the dream.  Now I wanted a way to stream my content to your TV, tablet, phone and computer.  It seemed like a real stretch only 3 years ago.

Now in 2014 I run 3 separate Internet TV based channels with minimal resources. In this first article, I will be breaking down what you need to make this happen.

In parts 2, 3 and 4, I will explain the process to launch your channel and get it on as many devices as  possible.

If enough people request it, I will do a “Part 5” that is a live streaming show on how to make money (no sales pitch! at all… seriously!) using your content, these articles and YouTube!  (I’m paying my bills with my YouTube adsense!)

So what do I need?

To make use of this tutorial you will need a WordPress website with version 3.8 or later installed.  You will also need some test content to setup your trial run.

While most of this list does require a purchase, I will include free options where possible though some features may not work.

1. A Specialized Video Theme for WordPress

You can find many different video themes over at Theme Forrest but the absolutely best fit I could find was the DeTube theme.

Using this theme I was able to easily build a video portal with multiple service options for embeds and self hosted files.

2. Video Hosting

It used to be around $1000/month for video hosting when I was first getting started.  A few months ago Vimeo upgraded their Pro package to 20gb/week of uploads and unlimited plays.

Plus they offered URL’s to file downloads and HLS streaming files.  Thus I use Vimeo Pro as my hosting provider for video, much in the way that people use LibSyn for audio podcasting.

Plus the files are served on Vimeo’s massive delivery network ensuring that users world-wide get the best speed possible.

3. RoVidX Pro

To stream to media devices like Roku, Plex and others, you need a backend content management system.   When I designed the first channel, I realized that no suitable or cost effective solution was available.  I went on to design a plugin for WordPress that managed your content feeds and includes a app template for Roku media devices called RoVidX.

There is both a free edition (limited to 1 channel and 10 shows) and a paid edition (unlimited channels, shows or episodes, tech support & video training included) that ties in with your WordPress install.

Get RoVidX Pro here!

In the next tutorial I’m going to go over choosing a theme for your video portal!

Click Here for Part 2 of this Tutorial


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