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ONSCREEN September Release - Version 1.9.4

ONSCREEN September Release - Version 1.9.4

Hello there!

We're so excited to tell you about some great new tv video calling features we recently released in early September.  Our engineering team is constantly working to add new features, and capabilities, based on YOUR feedback, so please keep it coming!


New Favorites Feature

Want make it very easy to call Mom?  Just add her to Favorites!  With a couple of clicks, now you can add contacts to your Home screen, allowing you to easily call them any time.  Favorites should already have an ONSCREEN account, so we make it easy for you to send them an invitation text so they can download the app and register for the service.

Zoom Tab

We decided that we've built so much great Zoom functionality, that it should get it's own place in our navigation tab bar.  With this new organization, you can just tap over to the Zoom tab and Join and Start Zoom meetings on your TV all from one place.  Here in the Zoom tab, you'll also be able to easily see your logged in status, and now... your Zoom events!

Zoom Tab for ONSCREEN

Zoom Calendar Events

On the new Zoom tab, you're now able to give the ONSCREEN App permission to read your phone's calendar, and look for any Zoom meetings you might have scheduled for the day.  Our smart app will analyze the calendar events, determine if you're a host or a participant and make it very easy for you to join your Zoom meetings on the Spark with just one click!  If you're the host, the meeting will be started on your behalf, once you've logged in with your Zoom credentials.

Behind the Scenes Improvements

While not immediately obvious, we've upgraded our in-app navigation system so that moving from screen to screen is more natural and robust.  This makes it easier for us to add more features in the future, so while this may not immediately look like a feature to you, we guarantee that you'll benefit from it!

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NEW: Start Meetings on Zoom from your Spark!

NEW: Start Meetings on Zoom from your Spark!

Howdy Spark-ers!  Boy, do we have an exciting update for you today!  You've asked for it, and we've built it -- you can now start Zoom meetings from your Spark TV Video Calling device, in addition to joining someone else's Zoom meetings.

While joining a Zoom meeting is something you've been able to do on your Spark for a while, you can now log in to your Zoom account and start a meeting to be able to host others... on your TV.  How does it work?  It's super simple.

1. From the Home screen, simply click "Use Zoom"

2. Then click "Start Zoom Meeting"

3. On this screen, enter your Zoom email address and password, to be able to access your account and start the meeting.  Then click "Start Meeting"

Your meeting will now start!

4. Once started, click the "Invite" button to send the meeting information to whoever you would like to join you.

A few Pro Tips

Depending on how your Zoom account is set up, you may have a different Start Meeting experience.  By default, your Zoom account will start a meeting on a random Meeting Code, which means you'll have to share your meeting info for every meeting you start. 

However, you can change this setting in your Zoom account, to always use your Personal Meeting ID for your instant meetings.  This makes it easier and more predictable to have others join you, if you're holding frequent meetings with the same group of people.

Your Scheduled Meetings

If you've scheduled a meeting and want to start it using the Meeting Code of that meeting, just make sure you're logged in to your Zoom account, and then use the "Join Meeting" button, with the correct Meeting Code and password.  This will start your scheduled meeting, allowing everyone else to join, and you will join it as the host.


During Your Meeting

Zoom on your TV with ONSCREEN Spark

Once you've joined your meeting, you have several options available to you.  

Invite - This will show you the meeting code and password for this meeting.  You can also share it with others using your phone's standard sharing function.

Speaker View / Gallery View - This allows you to switch views between the current Active Talker taking up the entire screen, and the Gallery View layout with up to 9 videos on the screen.

Previous / Next Pages - In the Gallery View, when there are more than 9 videos shared, you can use these arrows to see different pages of video.

Mic Mute / Unmute - Quite self explanatory, allows you to mute or unmute your microphone.

Pause / Unpause Video - Allows you to pause or unpause your camera.

Leave - As a Host, this option allows you to End the Meeting, or just Leave.  As an Attendee, this will allow you to leave the meeting.

Your Zoom Credentials

When you log in to your Zoom account via ONSCREEN, your credentials are encrypted and stored safely in our secure cloud.  You can manually clear the credentials from the app, or they are cleared when you log out of the ONSCREEN App.

Send Us Your Thoughts

We are super excited to make this new "Start Zoom on your TV" feature available to you.  If you have any questions or comments, or general feedback, please don't hesitate to contact us at