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How do I use my Apple TV® with my Slingbox? How do I connect it?

Own an Apple TV (first generation)? Do you want to use it with your Slingbox? Here's how!

1. The first step is to hook everything up properly:

  • Get the right cables. You'll need component and, if desired HDMI cables that are physically compatible with your first generation Apple TV. For more information on these cables, contact your Apple retailer or visit the Apple web site.

  • If you have a Slingbox PRO, use your Slingbox HD Connect. Using compatible component cables, connect your Apple TV, the HD Connect and your television as described in the HD Connect QuickStartGuide.

  • If you have a Slingbox SOLO, Slingbox PRO-HD or Slingbox 350, connect your Apple TV using the component connections to your Slingbox and your television, as described in the QuickStartGuide for your Slingbox.

  • If you have a Slingbox 500, it's recommended to use both component and HDMI in "linked" mode.

NOTE: If you currently use an HDMI cable to connect your Apple TV to your TV, you will have to switch to using component cables. If you plug an HDMI cable into an Apple TV, the analog component cables are disabled. Please check the video HDMI, your Slingbox & you linked below for more information on hooking up HDMI and component.

2. Once you've connected your Apple TV to your Slingbox, add it as a video source in SlingPlayer:

  • If you have a Mac OS X computer:

  1. Go through the Setup Assistant.
  2. When you reach the Source Selection window, select Miscellaneous Device, and click Continue.
  3. In the Device Brand window, select Apple, and then click Continue.
  4. In the Device Model window, select Apple TV, and then click Continue to finish setting up your Slingbox.
  • If you have a Windows Vista or Windows 7 computer:
  1. Click on the Configure Video Sources button on the left side of the Setup Assistant window.
  2. Select Component device.
  3. From the list of device types, select Other Controllable Device.
  4. In the Manufacturer window, choose Apple.
  5. In the Device window, select Apple TV.
  6. Finish going through the Setup Assistant to set up your Slingbox.

If you've paired your Apple remote with your Apple TV, you've set the Apple TV to work with one particular remote control and not to accept input from any others. Pairing will therefore prevent it from working with the IR Blasters for your Slingbox. To get an Apple TV to work with IR Blasters, you must first unpair it from your Apple remote. For information on unpairing your Apple devices, see the Apple web site.

Mention of products not made by Sling Media is for your information only, and does not constitute our recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the company that makes those products for any additional information, or for specific questions that you might have about their product.


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