Twonky Beam Browser - Product Description & FAQ
Twonky Beam Browser provides you with a simple and familiar way to discover and enjoy Internet videos with your tablet or phone and beam them to your TV or other media players on your home network. When you visit your favorite websites, or discover new ones, Twonky Beam Browser will display a Twonky Beam button over the media files that you are able beam to your TV or sound system. The home page of Twonky Beam Browser contains links to popular websites with great content you can beam. If you navigate away from the home page, you can easily return to it by tapping the Twonky logo in the app. You can also create and manage bookmarks for any of your favorite sites within the application.
A simple tap of the screen will beam the chosen content to your selected player, such as your UPnP or DLNA certified device. The beaming mode in Twonky Beam Browser can be toggled on and off, allowing you to use the application to discover and enjoy content locally on your tablet or phone.
One of the best ways to use Twonky Beam Browser is with Internet video, but it also works with audio and photos. You can also create playlists with a queue of multiple selections that will play continuously in the order you added them, or you can change the order and delete items from your queue. It is always possible to continue browsing, either on the current site or another site, while your media plays on the device.
• Enjoy a familiar browser experience for discovering and enjoying Internet video, audio and photos
• Play the videos locally on the mobile device or beam them to a player on your home network
• Seeing the Twonky Beam Button lets you quickly know when you can beam something
• Create and manage bookmarks for your favorite websites
• Quickly access recommended links to websites that contain content you can beam
• Play selected content to remote devices, while continuing to browse
• Create and manage a queue of content
* Please note that the beaming functionality relies on the capabilities of the devices on your home network, as well as the media support provided by specific websites. Beaming does not work with Flash content.
- You can download Twonky Beam Browser for FREE by going to the App Store and searching for "twonky beam broswer"
- This version runs on iOS devices. A version for Android devices is also available now in the Android Market
- At this time, this app is only available to users outside of Japan.
This product is brand new and may still be a little rough around the edges, please send any comments you have or bugs that you find to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twonky Beam Browser FAQ
Q:What are the system requirements for Twonky Beam Browser for iOS?
· iOS 4.3 or later
· Requires 2MB available storage space
· iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
· Requires access to a Wi-Fi network
· Requires one or more UPnP or DLNA-certified media players or Airplay-compatible media players connected to your network
Q: Where can I find a list of devices that work with Twonky Beam Browser?
A: You can find a list of digital media players that work with Twonky Beam Browser here: http://twonky.com/products/twonkybeam/dmrs.html. Twonky Beam Browser works with a wide range of popular devices including Internet-ready TVs, networked stereo receivers, PCs and low-cost digital media adapters. Twonky Beam Browser is compatible with UPnP or DLNA-certified devices, as well as Airplay devices. The DLNA website has a directory listing their certified devices.
Q: I'm getting errors when beaming media marked with the Twonky Beam button to a device on your supported list. What is the problem?
A: Make sure the media you are trying to beam is supported by your device. There may also be problems with the support for the Internet site you are trying. New sites are constantly being added and existing support updated because the Internet is a dynamic environment. The home page in the Twonky Beam Browser, which is quickly accessible by clicking the Twonky logo on the top left, has links to sites that we have tested. If you notice a problem with those, please provide your feedback through the Beam Browser "Report a Problem" link within the application.
Q: I do not see the Twonky Beam Button on some media content on certain websites. Why aren't those marked as beamable?
A: If content is not marked as beamable by the application, it could be a problem with the application not recognizing the content or the content is not available in a format suitable for beaming. New sites are constantly being added and existing support updated because the Internet is a dynamic environment. The home page in the Twonky Beam Browser, which is quickly accessible by clicking the Twonky logo on the top left, has links to sites that we have tested.
Q: Why did I beam some media content when I clicked on part of a web page, even though there was no Twonky Beam button?
A: Twonky Beam Browser attempts to recognize media content on pages and display the Twonky Beam button whenever it finds content. Because of the different ways media can be placed on websites, this is not always possible. When you click a media item, though, Twonky Beam Browser may realize you are accessing media and begin beaming at that time. For example, a site may offer a way to download podcast files that Twonky Beam Browser does not identify as a media file, but Twonky Beam Browser will find the media file once you start downloading the podcast.
Q: Why is the beamed media displaying poor quality playback, such as blocky video?
A: If content is not playing smoothly, it is possible that your network connection cannot currently handle the volume of data associated with the media files. For some Internet sites, the media files are available at different quality levels, so it may be possible select lower quality clips. There is a quality / bandwidth preference setting in the application to allow some user control. Setting the value higher may help in cases of poor quality content. Setting the value lower may help in cases where the content does not play smoothly. Keep in mind that changing the settings may not work in all cases because of limited choices from the Internet site.
Q: How do I beam to an Airplay device from Twonky Beam Browser?
A: You must turn off beaming to send media to an Airplay device.
Q: Why can't I get my Samsung TV to work with Twonky software?
A: First confirm that your Samsung TV works with Twonky software. You can view a list of Samsung TVs that work with Twonky software here: http://twonky.com/products/twonkybeam/dmrs.html Samsung's 2009 TVs can be externally controlled without any settings changes. Samsung 2010
TVs sometimes need to have the following settings changed before they can be controlled using Twonky software:
- Use your Samsung handheld remote to navigate here:Menu > Application > Content View > AllShare and then press ENTER
- Make sure "Media" is set to "On" by pressing the ENTER key.
- A warning may appear informing you that media sent from a mobile phone or other device will be displayed on your TV. Press "Allow" to allow media to be sent. Please refer to the User's Guide that came with your TV for more information on this.
Q: How do I get the Xbox 360 to show up in the list of players on Twonky Beam Browser?
A: First, make sure your mobile device and Xbox 360 are connected to your home network. For example, connect your Xbox to your home router and set your mobile device to use the Wi-Fi signal coming from your home router. Sometimes your device will switch to another Wi-Fi network without telling you, so make sure that it is indeed using the right Wi-Fi network. Xbox will only show up in Twonky Beam Browser's list of players after it is paired with a Windows Media Center PC. Follow these steps to pair your Xbox with your PC:
1. Launch the Windows Media Center icon from your Xbox. This will provide a key code that you can use to connect with a PC running the Windows Media Center application on it.
2. After you have paired the PC to your Xbox's Windows Media Center, re-launch the Twonky Beam Browser application. The Xbox should now appear in the list of Players discovered by Twonky Beam Browser. If it doesn't, then make sure you're running your Xbox as a Media Center Extender and that the Media Center app is running on your computer.
There is also a setting in the Media Center settings screen that enables DMR functionalities. You must also enable this because it isn't always enabled by default. Here is the way to enable the Xbox 360's renderer option:
On the Xbox 360: Settings → Extender → Options → [x] Allow computers and devices on my home network to push Music, Pictures, and Video to my extender
After that box is check and saved, you should be able to see the Xbox 360 in the Twonky Beam Browser list of Players.
Q: How do I enable Wi-Fi on my iOS device?
A: To enable Wi-Fi, follow these steps:
1. Find the Settings menu on your iOS device.
2. Open the Wireless & Network settings menu.
3. From this area, open the Wi-Fi settings menu.
4. Select the desired Wi-Fi network and enter any required passwords for your network connection.
5. After you have connected to your Wi-Fi network, you should see the word Connected next to the Wi-Fi network you selected.
Q: Why can't my device play some media formats?
A: Some DLNA-certified or Airplay compatible devices can only play a limited number of file formats. If you want to play video from the Internet on your TV, you may need to purchase a low-cost media adapter that supports more formats than your TV does.
Q: Can I run Twonky Beam Browser in the background while I talk on my mobile phone?
A: Yes. You can stream media to a device in your home while you run other apps on the phone, or even take a phone call. The media should continue to stream without interruption.
Q: Can I use Twonky Beam Browser with TwonkyManager or running on my PC?
A: Yes. TwonkyManager provides an easy way to "push" selected media to a desired media player in your home, or just play them locally on your PC. If you don't already have TwonkyManager, you can download a trial version here: http://twonky.com/fbtrial/default.aspx
1. After installing and running TwonkyManager, you should be able to see it as one of your devices within Twonky Beam Browser.
2. Now you can beam content from the Internet to play within TwonkyManager.
To learn more about some of the features in TwonkyManager, click here: http://twonky.com/products/twonkywindows/default.aspx