Share your pictures and videos with the "My Media" feature of your Slingbox 500
Along with sharing your pictures and videos, you can also attach a USB drive to your Slingbox 500 ... then wirelessly beam your smartphone's pictures and videos to the USB drive for storage and later viewing.
Sounds great! How does My Media work?
Very easily! Want to share the pictures and videos that you've taken with your iPhone/iPod touch or Android smartphone? All you need is your Slingbox 500 and a USB drive. Just plug the USB hard drive into your Slingbox 500, then follow a few easy prompts on your TV screen to set up the USB drive for use with the My Media feature. It only takes a moment.
How can I use the My Media feature when I'm at home?
Once you're within the same Wi-Fi hotspot as your Slingbox 500, you can use SlingPlayer to copy your smartphone pictures and videos wirelessly to the USB drive that you attached to your Slingbox 500. You can view your pictures and videos on your TV right away ... or access them from the USB drive at any time.
This is a great way to offload those big video files from your smartphone, if storage space is getting tight on your phone!
Got an existing USB drive with lots of videos on it? Connect that to your Slingbox 500! As long as the videos are in any of the wide array of the formats that the Slingbox 500 supports, you can view them, too. (There's a list of supported file formats below.)
You can also just beam your photos and videos from your smartphone directly to your TV, for easy viewing without copying them to the USB drive. Click the support video link below for a step-by-step tutorial.
How can I use My Media away from home?And now you don't even need to be home to enjoy the My Media feature! Want to look at the pictures and videos that are stored on the USB drive that's connected to your Slingbox 500? You can do that with your computer ... or your iPhone!
You can remotely view anything that's on the Slingbox 500 USB drive: pictures and videos that you took with your smartphone, or existing videos that you had previously stored on the USB drive.
To use your computer, just connect to Watch on Slingbox.com with your Windows or Mac OS X computer. Then look for the My Media tab in Watch on Slingbox.com. Click it, and you can access anything on the Slingbox 500 USB drive.
Would you rather use your iPhone to view pictures/videos on your Slingbox 500 USB drive? No problem! Just launch SlingPlayer for iPhone/iPod touch, then tap My Media. Tap Browse Slingbox, and navigate through the folders to your pictures or videos.
Important note: While you can use either your iPhone or your Android phone to copy pictures and videos to your Slingbox 500 USB drive, currently, this away-from-home viewing feature is available only with SlingPlayer for iPhone/iPod touch.
What do I need?(Click the triangle to view the list)
- Do you have a Slingbox 500 connected to your TV using HDMI or component cabling?
- Do you have SlingPlayer for iPhone/iPod touch? Or SlingPlayer for Android Phones?
- Do you have a USB drive? Either a new, empty one ... or one that has your existing video files on it?
Then you're all set! You have everything that you need.
- These features do not work if you're connected to your Slingbox via the composite video input. You need to use either the component or HDMI inputs.
- Check for updates! The mobile device needs to have the latest version of SlingPlayer installed. It also needs to be on the same network as Slingbox 500.
- Currently, you can only copy pictures and videos from smartphones with the latest versions of SlingPlayer for iPhone/iPod touch and SlingPlayer for Android Phones. Other devices are coming soon!
- Almost any standard USB 2.0 drive should work for file synching ... see the list of supported file systems below.
What file formats are supported?Here are the supported file formats. Along with copying pictures and videos from your smartphone, the USB drive that you use can also have existing pictures and videos on it, in any of these formats. Connect the USB drive to your Slingbox 500 to view your media files on your TV or computer.
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- NTFS (Recommended for Windows computers only)
These supported file formats are Windows-based ... but FAT16 and FAT32 are standard file formats that Mac OS computers can read/write, too. NTFS is recommended for use with Windows computers only.
- Mac OS file system types (HFS+)
- 3TB HDD or larger
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