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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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Not ready for prime time!
Tested this out to watch the first round of the college football playoffs at a vacation home on a large screen TV with consistent dropouts despite excellent broadband at the sending and receiving locations....Read complete review
Tested this out to watch the first round of the college football playoffs at a vacation home on a large screen TV with consistent dropouts despite excellent broadband at the sending and receiving locations. An alternative streaming service tested at the same time worked much more reliably. I am showing my displeasure by returning this substandard product and urge others dissatisfied to do the same. At the receiving end I had a new Vizio 4K HD and a Roku3 box that seems to work perfectly and had the Slingbox app installed. Test #1: I downloaded the Slingbox app on my phone ($14.99!) so the Roku app could receive the Slingbox broadcast via my wireless router. (Note, once the Roku is connected by the phone, the phone can be switched off since the streaming function then goes directly though the Roku.) Results: would work about 5 minutes before losing the signal and would have to restart the process. This was definitely the worst. My wife was not happy. Luckily I realized within an hour that this was hopeless and was able to get an app refund on Google Play. A reviewer on Amazon said the refund limit was 2 hours so I only downloaded it when I was ready to go. Test#2: Same as Test#1 except I used my Android tablet instead. Results were the same. Test#3: I used my Windows 8 laptop to go to slingbox.com and watch my broadcast. Then I set up my TV to function as a wireless display (i.e. Miracast/WiDi) which works pretty well. This worked better than Tests #1 and #2 but it lost the connection enough that it wasn't worth it to try to pursue it any longer. Again the wife was not happy. Test#4: Similar to Test#3 except I signed on to WatchESPN (using my Comcast account). This definitely worked the best and the connection was solid. However, instead of commercials ESPN plays a single electronic composition in a mind numbing loop. Again the wife was not happy (after a while) but at least I was able to mute! Bottom line is that it is a great idea but the implementation is not reliable enough. My aim was to watch my expensive home cable subscription at the vacation place so I wouldn't have to pay for another cable subscription that I was only going to use for a few weeks each year. So far, mission not accomplished.
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What an awesome way to save money
By Loving tv
from Edgartown, MA, United States
Comments about Sling Media Slingbox 500 Media Player:
I bought this so we wouldn't have to pay 2 cable bills. Score!! Works perfectly paired with our Roku 3
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Just as I was hoping for...
from Michigan, United States
I bought a Slingbox 500 recently for a vacation home and it worked perfectly! I was primarily watching on a TV through a ROKU and smartphone, and this works great although using the phone for the remote is a bit cumbersome. I suppose next trip I'll try a tablet or maybe direct from a laptop. There were only a handful of instances when the feed was "buffering.." and the video quality was excellent. I really like the PC app that has the onscreen remote.
Doesn't work with Comcast
from Seattle, WA, United States
It works great if never want to change the channels that it's on Comcast won't allow that.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
An amazing product
from Missouri, United States
I love the Sling box and I just got my 2nd box after 4 years of using the old model. Great product and service. Thanks
Great potential if support was better
from Phoenix, AZ, United States
I bought a Slingbox 500. A large sticker on the box says free Sling TV. I cancelled a trial account I had with my FireStick. There is no slingTV just my own stuff from my TV sat. service. I cannot find any help in forums or support. I have followed all of the directions. I have also connected two different hard drives. The box does not recognize them. The link in the quick start directions for media drives takes me to a page that no longer exist. I feel a bit misled. Bad directions and support.
from Boonton, NJ, United States
I just added my second Slingbox 500. I use it to watch TV in my office, in my vacation home, on the road in hotels and to stream in my home to TVs with Roku or AppleTV so I don't have to pay a monthly fee for extra cable boxes.
By dre 222
from LA, CA, United States
All I have is a hdmi conection. almost everything is protected. Wish you would say this on the box.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
My wife bought me one of these a year or two ago. We managed to get around the HDCP protection by hooking up the HD component cables off the back of our old cable box. So, we were able to receive all of our HD channels and it worked great! However, we moved, got a new cable box that didn't have the component video out. Only HDMI for HD video. Since a good number of the channels have HDCP Protection, you can't get them over HDMI. So, you can only view your SD channels. I have mostly HD channels in my cable package, so the Slingbox just isn't for me. It used to fit my needs, but now with new cable equipment, it just doesn't fit anymore. I would recommend it to anyone who still has HD component video on their cable box, but if you only have HDMI, it isn't worth it.
By mike panama
from San Carlos, Panama
i am working out of the country, and sling box is the answer to my prayers! I could not be more happy with my purchase experience, the promptness of delivery, the ease of set up, to the high quality of the customer service team. I could not recommend this product more strongly.
from Houston, TX, United States
I have been using the slingbox 500 at our weekend home for about a year now and it works very well. The picture was OK but not great so I increased our network speed at our camp from 5mb to 12mb and that all the difference. Viewing is not HD quality as slingbox states but it saves me a ton of money by being able to watch whatever I can from my home provider at this remote home. I think my favorite part is I can watch my recorded shows just like I am at home. Great great product.
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