Starting with the forthcoming 4.3 software release, we will support (and strongly encourage) splash screens for Roku Channels. These splash screens are shown immediately when you channel launches, before any code is executed, so the user gets immediate feedback.
To add the splash screen, add three new lines into your manifest file:
splash_screen_hd=pkg:/images/<hd splash screen image> splash_screen_sd=pkg:/images/<sd splash screen image> splash_color=#rrggbb
The images you specify will be centered in the screen over the background color specified by splash_color. An easy way to get going is to simply use your current homescreen icons, so these lines might look like this:
splash_screen_hd=pkg:/images/mm_icon_focus_hd.png splash_screen_sd=pkg:/images/mm_icon_focus_sd.png splash_color=#062365
A couple of considerations for creating and using splash screen images:
- images must be in your channel package, they can’t be remotely hosted.
- consider using fairly small images to keep your package size down. Larger packages may not fit on some user’s Roku players if they have a large number of channels installed, and if your package is over 750kb, it may be limited to Roku 2 units only.
While this requires version 4.3 or later, earlier software releases will ignore these new items in the manifest and function correctly, though without the splash screen.
Let us know if you have any questions