Why isn't there a 60 minute recording cache on the Mac version as there is on the Windows version?
Cause its a different program. Its based on the original Slingplayer 1.0 for the PC. The one hour cache was only introduced in the Slingplayer Desktop 2.0 for the PC. The Web Slingplayer plug-in does have a thirty minute viewing buffer though.
The Slingplayer Desktop for Mac does have a buffer cache, its just not that big. Only about 30 seconds or so long, you can see it by holding down [Option] selecting View | Show Statistics.
If the Web SlingPlayer has a 30 minute viewing buffer, how do you rewind it and fast forward it? Not by the remote control since that sends those commands to the source device - in my cases a set top DVR.
The DVR can rewind but with the 5 sec lag, it is easy to over or under shoot. A plug-in buffer might be more responsive. How would it be controlled in fullscreen mode?
I hope this article (http://support.slingbox.com/get/KB-1000210.html) will help you.
Where things are when using Watch on Slingbox.com
Need a guided tour of Watch on Slingbox.com? Look no further.
Watch on Slingbox.com features:
The name of the Slingbox that you're connected to.
Choose options such as Video Quality and Video Input.
Change video input (the A/V device that your Slingbox is connected to).
Watch a different Slingbox in your Slingbox Directory.
Click to show the remote; click again to hide the remote.
Click to display the onscreen program guide; click again to hide the Guide.
Watch in full screen mode (to the extent that your computer's processing power, and the speed of your Internet connection, allow).
SlingRemote (onscreen remote control)
An onscreen counterpart to the remote control you hold in your hand at home. Click it with your pointer. It works just like the real one! (If a picture of your remote control isn't available, then you see a generic remote control image.)
Click once to play video; click again to pause. SlingPlayer stores up to 30 minutes of paused video so you don't miss your show. 10 Playback timeline control Move the slider backward (to re-watch video you've recently seen) or forward (to skip ahead if you're watching stored video). The video timeline "buffer" stores up to 30 minutes of video. 11 Volume/mute control Adjust the sound volume to your liking, or mute sound entirely. 12 Streaming speed Shows you the current video streaming speed (higher is better). 13 Quality Click to adjust the video quality. 14 Zoom control
Change Watch on Slingbox.com zoom (aspect ratio) formats. Choose the best one for the video source you're connected to.
- D - Regular TV format (4:3)
- A - Movie format (16:9)
- L - Letterbox (fits 16:9 image to 4:3 screen)
- P - Pillarbox (fits 4:3 image to 16:9 screen)
- W - Windowbox (original 16:9 image cropped to 4:3)
15 Onscreen program guide A full onscreen program guide, based on your location and TV service. Click a current program and you can watch it now. Click a program playing in the future and you can change to that channel now.
Thanks, eferz. I'm on a Mac and controls 9 and 10, the ones for controlling the buffer timeline I asked about, do not appear. Some of the controls like Guide are recent additions to the Mac plug-in. So maybe the buffer just isn't implemented in the current version and will show up later. BTW, all of the other controls are available.
Also, this does not address how to control the buffer timeline when in fullscreen mode other than to exit that mode, do what you want and then reengage it which would be less than desirable.
Would also be nice if the user could specify the size of the buffer.