2020 Sonoma Film Festival Tech Help – Digital Living

SIFF Streaming Tech Support

Digital Living is a proud partner of the 2020 SIFF offering technical support for those who wish to stream SIFF content.


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If you are going to enjoy the Sonoma Film Festival from afar, and you want to watch SIFF content on your mobile device or TV, then take a look below for some helpful tips. If you need additional tech support, use the chat button in the lower right of the page and we will do our best to assist you.

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What are the computer system requirements?

You can watch content on PCs running Windows 7+ to Windows 10, and Intel-based Macs running macOS 10.12+. You can also watch films on Android tablets and phones using Chrome, and on iPhones and iPads using Safari.

If you have an Apple TV or Roku, you can use our dedicated apps for these platforms. If you have a Chromecast, you can cast to it from your phone or computer. Detailed instructions are below.


What are the requirements for Windows computers?

Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10

Supported browsers: Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera. We recommend using the latest version of your browser. Internet Explorer is not supported.

What are the requirements for Mac computers?

macOS 10.12 or later

Supported browsers: Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Opera. We recommend using the latest version of your browser.

Can I watch content on my iPhone/iPad?

Yes, you can watch content using Safari on iOS 11.2 or later.

Important note: Due to content protection restrictions, the Screen Mirroring feature cannot be used. Additionally, HDMI or other video dongles cannot be connected to your device. Instead, use AirPlay to an AppleTV or compatible device, or our dedicated TV app to watch on your TV.

Can I watch content on my Android device?

Yes, you can watch content using Chrome on Android 6.0 or later.

Why does video playback stall or not play smoothly?

We use adaptive bitrate streaming which means the streaming quality will automatically adjust based on your internet speed. If your internet connection is poor or inconsistent you may experience problems during playback. If you’re on wifi, try moving closer to your router or wireless broadcasting device.

How do I play the movie on my TV?

If you have an Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Firestick or any similar device or smart TV, set your computer or mobile device to “airplay” or “cast” to the TV device. Unlock the program on Eventive Virtual Festival, then set your player window to full-screen using the icon at the lower right.

See our detailed instructions for our dedicated Apple TV and Roku apps below.

I'm seeing a black screen where the movie should be, but audio plays normally.

If you are using an external display, try disconnecting the display. Your display may not support the encryption necessary to securely stream your content. If you cannot detach the external display and are using Safari on a Mac, try switching to Google Chrome. If you are on a mobile device, try letting the film play for 15 seconds.

Can I rewind and start over?

Yes, you have complete access to the entire program during your watch window.

My movie won’t play! (General troubleshooting steps)

Please confirm that you are not on a VPN (Virtual Private Network).

Are you logged in with the correct account? Please check your login status at the upper right of the Eventive window. If you are logged in you will see a circle with the initials of the account holder. To switch accounts, click on the circle and select “sign out”, then login (using email address or facebook login) to the preferred account.

If you are not logged in, you’ll see the word “login” at the upper right of the window. Click “login” and enter the desired account credentials.

You may also login directly from the order pop-up if you click “unlock movie” while logged out.

If all you see in the player window is a black screen, please click or tap on the window to activate the player controls.

How long can I watch the movie?

When you unlock the movie, you will see an indication of how long you have to start watching below the “watch now” button on the film page. After you’ve started watching the movie, the indication will change to show you how much time is left to finish.

Can I rewind and start over?

Yes, you have complete access to the entire program during your watch window.

I bought the movie and now it’s telling me to unlock it again. What do I do?

Yes, you have complete access to the entire program during your watch window.

Please confirm that you are logged in with the same email address or Facebook login you used to purchase the program. You can login using the login link at the upper right corner of the screen, or if you are not logged in at all you’ll be prompted to login after clicking “unlock now.”

How do I find my movie?

If you’re on another device, you can also check your email inbox for the order confirmation email and click the “watch now” button.

Or visit your festival or cinema page and click on the original listing for the movie. If you’ve already ordered a ticket with your logged in account, you will have the option to “watch now” from the virtual screening page.

How do I watch a livestream?

If you’ve ordered a program that includes an on demand title plus a livestream, simply select the livestream from the right sidebar and then click “enter livestream” at the designated time. There is a countdown clock on the livestream window to let you know when it will start.

Can I watch a livestream after it’s over?

Yes, livestreams are recorded and made available to ticket holders for the duration of the program availability window.

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