How do you get the local network channels at the primary home input to the WDTV box to steam across the network to the vacation home?
Are two of these WDTV boxes required - one for the primary home and another for the vacation home where the streamed local network channels will be received?
I had neglected to say why I wanted the local network channels at the vacation home. The reason is that the vacation home is in the mountains and is not able to pick up any local channels off the air.
Is there only one model of WDTV box?
Do I need an Amazon Firewire TV box or does the WDTV box perform this function?
Whatever your Slingbox is connected to it will stream.
So - think of the Slingbox as the 'Sender' and the WDTV as the 'Catcher'.
At your home connect the Slingbox to the set top box or cable decoder unit.
At your vacation home install your WDTV via HDMI to your TV.
Go to the main menu on the WDTV and open Slingplayer. If you have set up your account it will find your Slingbox by using your account name and password.
That's it. Only one WDTV needed where you are going to watch your home based cable box.
You will need stable internet speeds at both your home and vacation home.
NOTE: I am using the earlier Streaming Media Player (SMP) model (in a red box) the current model SMP (in a blue box) may not have Slingplayer on board. Please check before you buy.
I need help in determining the best solution to stream cable TV and/or Off-The-Air TV from one location to another.
We have two homes. In our primary home we currently have DirecTV, but would like to switch to either a basic cable plan or use an Off-the-Air antenna to watch network programming (ABC, CBS, NBC, etc.).
At the vacation home we currently have DirecTV as our TV provider where we mostly watch network programs through the satellite service.
At both homes, we currently have:
- High Speed Internet (cable at primary home (30 MB/Sec) - vacation home has DSL at about 10 MB/Sec
- Apple TV
- Blu-Ray Network connected players
- Samsung Smart TVs
I have read that the Amazon FireTV will work natively (without having to have an iPhone/iPad, or some other device in between the network player and the SmartTV. This would be better for us, as we often have guests at our vacation home and don't really want to have them require a smartphone or some extra hardware to watch TV. I also want HD via HDMI vs. some other type of connection.
Is there a good solution for this? If so, what would be the devices needed?