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I want to publish a free-to-view channel app from a template
Kotlin, template, streaming, video
As the need to communicate in real time becomes increasingly important, I want to be able to launch a channel app which *does not* charge people to watch.
I would also like to make it easy for someone to migrate their setup to one which *does* charge people to watch.
# Desired User Experience
Simple free-to-play single-channel app:
- User launches app ("turn TV on")
- App loads audio / video content stream
- User taps screen ("turn TV off")
- App closes.
# Architectural Considerations
Given that the functionality exists to launch "pay-to-play" from template, we should enable people to launch "free-to-play".
I would like to start a discussion to achieve some condense on how best to manage codebase with the 2 paradigms: "free-to-play" and "pay-to-play"
Ideally, the "free-to-play" should be same as "pay-to-play", but with features disabled. This way any improvements made in the core "playback" functionality are shared across both paradigms.
Further, if a user starts with "free-to-play", they have an easy migration path to "switching on" direct peer-to-peer payments.
Now, perhaps we don't live in an ideal world... hence I open this conversation, and at the very least, I set out my proposal:
> the app is "pay-to-play" by default, but must be disabled to make it "free-to-play". Make it easy to re-enable later.
I am open to suggestions about whether this should be done first on iOS or Android.
There is a (poorly named) starting point for iOS [here](https://github.com/videoDAC/android/iOS), which might be ready to just polish up, and do the documentation for "how to launch an app from template" (Apple developer / app store process).
Or take [@mul1sh work on the "pay-to-play" template app for Android](https://github.com/videoDAC/android), along with [@adrianhacker-pdx excellent documentation](https://github.com/videoDAC/android/blob/master/README.md), and make "free-to-play" possible on Android.
I'm easy either way. Please discuss in your bounty application.
# Specific Deliverables
One Pull Request containing:
- Code updates for "free-to-play"-only option in the audio / video streaming player app template
- Updated instructions for how to generate your own "free-to-play" app (iOS or Android) from template app code
- e.g. how to: configure `STREAM_URL`, tailor text to show for "stream loading" page, change `applicationId`, disable wallet, disable copy to clipboard, disable paywall page, etc.
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