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Great Product, just one missing feature
I love my slingbox. I use it all the time on my phone and my ipad. The only thing that is missing is the ability to stream it to another TV well. I...Read complete review
I love my slingbox. I use it all the time on my phone and my ipad. The only thing that is missing is the ability to stream it to another TV well. I currently stream it to my ipad and then use mirroring on Apply TV, but if there was an app for Apple TV that made it full screen would be so much better.
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Great box if your Cable Co doesn't block
I bought the Slingbox500/SlingTV because it offers the superior HDMI interface. Sling Media notes that some programs might be blocked for copy protection on some cable boxes. I called them first and inquired...Read complete review
I bought the Slingbox500/SlingTV because it offers the superior HDMI interface. Sling Media notes that some programs might be blocked for copy protection on some cable boxes. I called them first and inquired about the Comcast X1 system: was told that there was no way to know if it would work without buying and trying the Slingbox500. Well, it turns out that Comcast blocks ALL programs on the HDMI output to the Slingbox! So it was necessary to utilize the Component outputs instead of HDMI. Which works fine, except that the Slingbox M1 and 350 also can do that at a much lower price. (This isn't Sling's fault, but they could be more honest about incompatibility.) Recommendation: if you need wifi, get the M1; if you're willing to run an ethernet cable, get the 350 (which I did). The extra features in the 500/TV are nothing that a Roku or Chromecast doesn't provide, so not worth the extra bucks just for that.
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If you have a 2nd home, a Sling is a must-have.
from Hilton Head Island, SC, United States
Comments about Sling Media SlingTV Media Player:
I own a condo where we spend considerable time throughout the year. Since it is not a primary home, I brought high-speed internet in through the local cable provider, but did not purchase a package that included cable TV. This was intentional, as I needed reliable data access for work (and all of the kids tablets, phones, etc), and for the minimal amount of time that we actually watch TV while we are there, streaming media, Netflix, YouTube, etc, would fill that need since I purchased a smart-TV. Or so I thought. I found that I miss most of the sporting events for my home team(s), and buying the local cable didn't get me what I needed anyway. As with most condo associations, you can't install a dish, so you are left with a mixed-bag of solutions/subscriptions that kind-of fill the need. I also tried a high-end Digital antenna since I have the top-floor condo. I tried it at our primary home and it worked exceptionally well, so I had high hopes for at least some broadcast channels in the condo. I went into the attic and installed the antenna as high as possible, but still could not get a signal because of the location of our condo complex. I thought I was out of options until a friend mentioned that he 'slings' TV to his cabin in upper Minnesota, and that brought me to Sling. I must have watched the video on your site about 10 times trying to figure out what I was missing. It couldn't be THAT simple, but it was. You put a Sling box between your home cable box and your TV, you follow the prompts that appear on your TV, and in minutes you are watching TV from anywhere. One of the hidden gems that you didn't mention on your site is that your home experience does not change at all. The Sling box just inserts itself between the TV and your cable box, but neither device actually sees it there. I bought the Sling 500, which does give me the ability to make my home TV smarter when I choose to, but the cable box will never know about it, which is the real magic here. We still use the same remote from our cable company and do everything the same way. I will say that I have seen some of the negative reviews about a choppy video and/or sound being out of sync with video, but since I'm on high-speed at both ends of the equation I have not experienced this at all. I do travel for work, and have seen both of these problems when I'm on the shared network at a hotel or convention, but Sling can only do so much with that physics problem. :) I give my Sling500 5 stars because it has solved the exact problem that I had; Lots of great channels at home, lot's of internet speed at a 2nd location, but no access to the channels that really mattered to us no matter which package we bought from the local provider. Problem solved with no additional subscriptions or inconvenience. Thanks Sling!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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No support for external USB Drive
from Brighton, MI, United States
Sorry for the negative ratings. The Slingbox 500 works very well for place-shifting TV content. The latest software updates, however, have dropped support for the external media device (USB drive) from users who had already purchased the Slingbox 500. This was a great feature and I hope Sling will bring it back.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
from Owings Mills, MD
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By Tony D
from Chicago area
I was concerned about the reliability of this product. But after working though some non-Sling issues...cable and internet), it has run flawlessly. As other reviewers have mentioned, key is internet speed/reliability on both ends. Very happy so far.
By Happy Customer
We own a beach house where I was paying over $150 per month for cable and internet. I bought this so that I could cancel the cable and I haven't looked back. I also bought a WD Live because it has the Slingplayer built in and I didn't want to have to hook up a computer, Ipad or phone to watch tv. Reception is great and I get all of the channels (including premium) that I'm already paying for at home. The guide is a little slow, but that's probably due to my internet connection at home. It will pay for itself in just 4 months and then I'm saving over $75 per month.
from Los Angeles, CA, United States
I've been using my Slingbox 500 with my Apple TV, iPhone 5/iPad & Roku 3.The SlingBox 500 is the best thing to happen to TV on the go. I got the best steaming results using the Newest Apple Router.
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Using for a long time...now upgrading.
from San Diego, CA, United States
I bought this device over 10 years ago...now upgrading... It works good in most countries, the only country I have had problems with is China, they censor all internet activity. But, in most countries it works well. I have become dependent on Slingbox over the years! It would be nice if there was a bluetooth "remote control" device for controlling the slingbox remotely through your computer. As it is, you have to stand up and go to the computer to change channels...it would be great with a remote!
Stream your Xfininity and Roku Remotely
from Chciago, IL
This is my second Slingbox. I've used it to watch Hockey off my laptop in the backyard wirelessly. With the virutal remote you can control your devices as if you are sitting in your own living room. Great product. Clear picture, easy to setup, easy to use.
(1 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
No support for Amazon Fire TV
Product works fine from my laptop and they have an android app, but no support for Amazon Fire TV.
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Woks as advertised!!
from Saratoga Springs, NY, United States
Little tough to set up but tech support was outstanding. Thank you Melvin! When I read about Slingbox I just had to have one. Great easy to use software. Cool that it shows on screen the actual Time Warner remote so you don't have to learn a new one. I would recommend Slingbox to anyone that has moved out of the country, travels a lot or just has to have the latest, coolest electronic device. Thumbs way up!
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