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Sling Media SlingTV Media Player - SB500

Abt Model: SLINGBOX500 | UPC Code: 753960013190
Sling Media - SB500 - Streaming Digital Media Players
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$299.00  
Watch And Control Your TV In Full HD Anywhere You Can Connect To The Internet/ Turns Your Laptop, Tablet Or Smartphone Into A TV/ Connects To Your Digital Video Recorder (DVR), Cable Set-Top Box Or Satellite Receiver/ Ethernet Connectivity/ Built in Wi-Fi/ Black Finish
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Product Details

Sling Media SlingTV Media Player - SLINGBOX500

Key Features:

  • Your TV. Smarter
    SlingTV turns your home TV into a smart TV. Easily find news, shows or movies, or set up your own favorites with the on-screen Gallery view. Use intuitive filters to always find what you want to watch
  • For the Ultimate Sports Fan
    With SlingTV you can easily access all the games and matches you want to watch, and view live sports scores and stats while you're watching, all on the same big screen. You'll be the king of your fantasy football pool
  • The Best Experience
    Only SlingTV gives you the most complete TV anywhere experience with an enhanced Slingplayer for iPad* interface. It features an intuitive gallery view for easy program discovery and social media integration
  • Watch Anywhere
    No matter where you are in the world, or your backyard - watch and control all of your TV on your mobile devices, live or recorded, over the Internet
  • Stunning Quality
    Extend your living room TV experience in sparkling high definition video up to 1080p. Tune in to your favorite programs on your tablet, phone, Mac, PC, or connected TV and enjoy your shows in the best possible quality
  • Absolutely No Monthly Fees
    You already pay a lot of money for your current cable or satellite subscription. Only Sling lets you take it anywhere in the world without additional monthly fees

Features:

  • Watch and control your live and recorded TV shows anywhere, anytime – in up to Full HD
  • Experience it your way. Watch shows with friends, view insider show content and receive new show recommendations
  • Never miss a final episode or live event. View them on your tablet*, phone*, PC, or Mac when you want, where you want. Then you can be the spoiler in your social group
  • Replace your traditional program guide with a fun and easier way to find your favorite shows on your big screen TV with the Gallery view
  • Find all the games and view live sports scores and stats while you’re watching the game
  • Play and schedule DVR recordings
  • Watch on a second TV anywhere via Apple TV®, Chromecast®, and Roku®**
  • Access to thousands of movies, as well as international sports and channels
  • Features WiFi, Ethernet, HDMI, composite and component in/out connections
  • Enhanced Slingplayer for iPad* with program gallery, social sharing, and live sports stats
  • Absolutely no monthly fees

Specifications:

  • Compatible with
    • AT&T U-verse®
    • Bright House Networks®
    • Cablevision® Systems
    • Charter Communications®
    • Comcast XFINITY®
    • Cox Communications®
    • DirecTV®
    • DISH Network®
    • Time Warner®
    • Verizon FiOS®
      • ...and all other cable and satellite operators
  • Supported Audio-Video and Storage Sources
    Connect to any of the following high-definition video sources in up to 1080p
    • Digital cable set-top box
    • Satellite receiver
    • Digital video recorder (DVR)
    • DVD or Blu-ray Disc™ 2player/recorder
    • Video security cameras
    • Works with most tablets and mobile devices and is available on: Apple App Store, Google Play, Amazon Appstore and Windows Store
      • Video quality is dependent on network speed and conditions
  • Mobile and Connected Device Requirements
    Slingplayer® software for Android™, iOS®,Windows® 8.1, and other mobile and connected devices is available separately.
  • Windows® or MAC® Minimum Requirements
    • Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or better
    • DirectX 9 Class video card with more than 256 MB of dedicated memory for Windows PC
  • Operating Systems
    • OS X
    • Windows
  • Web Browsers
    Latest versions of Chrome™, Firefox®, Internet Explorer® or Safari®

Approximate Weight:

  • Shipping: 2 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): 1 Year Parts and Labor
  • Extended Service Warranty Available: Click the warranty tab above for details

Footnotes:

  1. *Requires Slingplayer app, available through Apple App Store, Google Play, Amazon Appstore and Windows Store
  2. **AppleTV support requires Slingplayer for iPhone or iPad. Roku support requires Slingplayer for iPhone, iPad or Android Phone
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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Sling Media SlingTV Media Player
 
4.7

(based on 580 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (460)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (94)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (10)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (7)
  • Fast (3)
  • Good remote control (3)
  • Great picture quality (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      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.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      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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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent product

      By Tpalmer43

      from Fairfax, VA, United States

      Comments about Sling Media SlingTV Media Player:

      I am so happy with this product! I can watch TV when I am away from home!

      Comment on this review

      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Very Bad, compatibility with BELL PVR and Box

      By Steph

      from Montreal, QC, Canada

      Comments about Sling Media SlingTV Media Player:

      After beeing a user of PLEX, I decide to switch to sling box. Error. Product is suck, poor quality, etc. My connection is a 175gigs up and down, so problem is not there. Very bad experience. It all be related to the BELL service that I am using, who knows... but this is going back to the store !

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      5.0

      Family Overseas

      By jerry72

      from Scranton, PA, United States

      Comments about Sling Media SlingTV Media Player:

      Great Product. I have family living in Japan and they love to log into my Slingbox 500 to watch and record their favorite programs at their convenience! Keep up the good work!

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Not ready for prime time!

      By other

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Sling Media SlingTV Media Player:

      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.

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Shhh don't tell the wife

      By gmann21133

      from Houston, TX, United States

      Comments about Sling Media SlingTV Media Player:

      Finally the day has arrived. I got my 500 today, and could not wait to hook it up. What's worse I had to hide it, and install it while my wife was not looking, and I had to hide the old one in our room. Mission accomplished, life is good… well at least till my secret gets out.

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      1.0

      Instructions Please!

      By Rkooi

      from Porter, TX, United States

      Comments about Sling Media SlingTV Media Player:

      We bought this and installed by instructions provided and by watching videos on website. My laptop will not play and I have the highest internet speed available. iPad played with so much buffering it was painful to watch. I am now having to pay someone to come reinstall and see if they can get it to work. If not we will return to store.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best christmas gift ever

      By Easybel

      from Montréal, QC, Canada

      Comments about Sling Media SlingTV Media Player:

      My son gave me the Slingbox for christmas. We live in Canada and spend our winters in Los Angeles, and miss a lot of our canadian shows, not anymore! This is great

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      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      TERRIBLE

      By Stevie

      from Chicago, IL, United States

      Comments about Sling Media SlingTV Media Player:

      Zero support for Chrome (64 bit)? Absolutely horrible! Don't waste your money!

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      5.0

      If you have a 2nd home, a Sling is a must-have.

      By beachcondo

      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!

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      No support for external USB Drive

      By MichiganMike

      from Brighton, MI, United States

      Comments about Sling Media SlingTV Media Player:

      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.

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