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The Now TV Box is an easy-to-use, compact box that connects your 'Dumb' TV wirelessly to your home network and
the Internet. It gives your 'Dumb' TV access to BBC iPlayer, Demand 5, 4OD, BBC and Sky News. This eBook is,
at its' core, a graphical instruction manual, it is a 'Practical Guide’, it contains only the practical, ‘hands-on’,
information required to add 'Smartness' to a 'Dumb' TV.
Note: Should a potential purchaser merely wish to make use of the more limited access to local network and on-line
media content provided by the NOW TV / Roku Box and stream video & movies in .mp4 and music in .mp3, using the basic
features of the NOW TV / Roku Box and associated software, then this eBook is not a requirement and such potential
purchasers are advised that this ebook will be of no interest to them and should not attempt to purchase it.
This eBook is highly graphical in nature in order to minimise the amount of text the reader is presented with, this
is reflected in the high page count and larger than usual file size of the eBook, it moves very quickly after a little
reading into ‘hands-on’ practical demonstrations.
No advanced technical aspects of the underlying networking technology are discussed. No prior knowledge or advanced
technical skills are required to achieve the final result. The reader is not required to understand, and will not be
presented with, any technical details of the networking techniques used.
Many of us already own television sets which deliver an excellent quality picture and even sound. We may not want to
buy a new one just to add access to Internet based services. Using this eBook millions of people can now make their
'Dumb' TVs into Internet-connected, network aware Smarter’ TVs using the NOW TV Box. If the reader takes full
advantage of the functionally the NOW TV Box offers the connectivity can be used still further. Sit back together and
watch your 'Dumb' TV with the NOW TV Box, you can now easily enjoy your favourite on-line entertainment on your
'Dumb' TV downloaded movies, TV shows and music, No more huddling around a small screen struggling to hear the
sound produced by tiny in-built speakers.
Inspite of what you may have read or seen in advertisements, the mere combining of a 'Dumb' TV and a NOW TV Box
does not, of itself, make it a ‘Smart TV’, it does not even make it a much ‘Smarter’ TV. There are two essential features
common to all Smart TVs’, the ability to access additional media content from other networked devices in the home via
the home network and on-line content via the Internet. Neither of these is made available by just combining a
‘Dumb’ TV and a NOW TV Box. This eBook shows the reader how to add these two essential ‘Smart TV’ features to a
‘Dumb’ TV / NOW TV Box combination to create a ‘Smarter’ TV.
Concise text and illustrated full-colour descriptions are used to introduce the basic principles media file 'streaming'.
Step-by-step full-colour screenshots demonstrate the downloading, installing and use of all the required DLNA/uPnP
compliant software used for 'streaming' digital media content, all of which is completely free and fully functioning,
unless described otherwise.
This eBook provides all the practical instructions that you will need to restore the ‘streaming’ functionality to a
‘Dumb’ TV / NOW TV Box combination, enabling you, to reliably stream videos, movies, music and pictures to your
‘Smarter’ TV using a DLNA/uPnP Compliant Digital Media Server Application and an Android based Smart Phone / Tablet.
Add countless channels of movies, cartoons, sports and news channels to your now 'Smarter' TV using a DLNA/uPnP
Compliant Internet Digital Media content server 'app' on an Android based Smart Phone / Tablet.
This eBook underwent updates and corrections on 16th March 2014.