I’ve been a MUBI customer for some time now and have used Roku to access (MUBI is a curated, hand-picked films streaming service). Unfortunately, the original MUBI Roku application was terribly poor - basic, a single home screen that holded 30 films only and a lot of other issues 🤔!
As a client, this was quite unfair, considering that users of other platforms, such as Web or Android had access to a library and they could even search!
After an initial contact to their support team (months back) about this 🐛, I got in touch with them later and explained that I could offer to help, as a software developer. My perspective was, talk is cheap, can I do something about it!? 🤗
Got trough the interview process, and was lucky to be given the opportunity to work on the MUBI Roku channel. It seems that it’s quite hard to find a Roku developer and my skills are convincing. I do have to say for you readers that developing on Roku is not trivial!
The Roku community is super small but very supportive, a big thank you to Chris Dwyer Perkings , Joe Testa , Brian Leighty , George Cook , Mate Szlanka, Philippe Elsass , Tasevski, Bronley Plumb and Ben Combee (Ben works at Roku) for answering all my questions and support!
Here’re some of the things I’ve worked on:
- Created a custom i18 translation system based in JSON Tokens
- Made all components sizing dynamic (fullfiling all language needs)
- Add support for all language translations
- Channel performance measurement (signal beacons)
- Created a search feature
- Created the main layout
- Reduce memory usage and computations by using “by reference” types
- Removal of legacy system and migration of parts to new system
- Improved perceived load time
- Decluttering of global state
- Composed fully custom layout through reusable components
- Created reusable components (abstractions)
- Split process through concurrency keeping UI free (vs networking and SG BRS tasks)
- Structured the project arch in MVVM
- MUX analytics
- Created full documentation (processes, diagrams)
- Created command line tooling for fast development
- Created versioning based in semantic release
- Created a changelog and automated it
I find great to be able to get customer feedback in real time, it’s absolutely fantastic!
New mubi roku interface is on point— Katy Matthew Perry (@beetkid) February 1, 2021
MUBI changed their Roku app today so that I can watch not just the 30 most recent films but a much larger library easily on my TV. Rewatching Murnau’s Tartuffe now— Jim Gerow (@Jim_Gerow) February 2, 2021
@mubi app on Roku now has the library. Day made. I'm ecstatic.— TheGoonieGodard (@deadgallop) February 8, 2021
Although I hoped MUBI invested more in Roku, it’s great to share and deliver this project to you guys and myself as a customer 👌