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Quick introduction

To visualize your dashboards, contests, and other media on a TV screen, you first need to add them to a slideshow. Think of slideshows live frames that rotate automatically throughout the day.

Slideshows allow you to display all the things you've created in Plecto (and more) on the same TV screen. There are 4 types of slides, and you can add as many to a slideshow as you like:

  • Dashboard slide

  • Contest slide

  • YouTube video (your company's promo video, a song, or other)

  • Content from a website via URL (such as the weather forecast)

Step 1: Create a slideshow

  1. Go to Visualization > Slideshows > + New slideshow.

  2. Give your slideshow a name.

  3. Start adding slides. If you want to show a YouTube video, it must be the full video link and not the shortened version.

  4. (Optional) Adjust the slide timelines if you want a slide to be displayed between specific hours during the day.

  5. Click Save.

  6. (Optional) Click Preview in the top-right corner to see how your slideshow looks.

(Optional) Create a public slideshow URL

You can generate a public URL for your slideshow and share it with people outside Plecto. Anyone with the link will be able to see the slideshow and its contents – like a picture frame – they won't be able to access Plecto or edit the slideshow. You can remove the link at any time.

  1. Go to VisualizationSlideshows.

  2. Find a slideshow, then click Actions > Create public URL on the right.

  3. Confirm that you want to create the URL.

  4. You can now copy the URL listed in the section Public URLs.

All URLs are stored in each individual slideshow settings in Visualization > Slideshows. All slideshows with a URL have a yellow "Public" label next their name.

Step 2: Connect your slideshow to a smart TV

  1. Open the page or the Plecto app (available only on LG and Samsung TVs) on your smart TV. You will see a four-digit code and a QR code.

  2. Make sure to log in to the Plecto app on your phone.

  3. Scan the QR code with your phone's camera and tap the notification once it appears.

  4. You should now see the Activate TV page.

  5. Choose a slideshow you want to display on the TV.

  6. Give your TV a name (for example, TV Main Room).

  7. To finish, click Activate.

All the activated TVs are listed under Visualization > TV management in Plecto.