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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.
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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This an awesome device!
from Florida, United States
Comments about Sling Media Slingbox 500 Media Player:
I've had the Slingbox 500 for well over a year. Setup properly, this works wonderfully for watching your TV provider's content anywhere you choose. It has eliminated my need for a second satellite box since I can merely broadcast the content to my other TV via the Roku app. As far as mobile, just get the app (iPhone and iPad, in my case and iPhone and iPad apps are separate but once done, well, there are no further fees), at a one time cost ... no ads, just the content one desires. When one is using it over a local LAN to a device connected to the local LAN, no data is used outside one's own network.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Used to be perfect, now it's just ads.
I have owned a slingbox since the beginning. It was the best because nobody had anything like it. It worked flawlessly over all devices and the picture was perfect. Now I would say the web player version gets one star. over half the screen is ads in spanish. Looks like I will have to go back to using the cable access. ;o(
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Upgrade is a real improvement (not)
from Saudi Arabia
Last update on firefox is a disaster. Give me the option to defer updates, please. And do not change what works, bad experience since years.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Fried my cable box
from Chicago, IL, United States
Connecting this up to my new Comcast Infinity X1 cable box and running through the setup steps resulted in the disabling of the HDMI output of my cable box. Luckily it had just been installed a week ago and installers were still in the building so they replaced my box for me. Returned this for a credit, not trying again. I had an old Slingbox ProHD wihch worked fine for a long time with old cable service, but it had died a while back so thought I'd try this one. So be careful out there...
from Georgia, United States
It's one obstacle after another setting this thing up... First needing to reset password, then wifi issues, then it wouldn't play HDMI videos (component only), then connection not available. 300 dollar product is great once it actually begins working and monthly payment that's great once it actually works.
from Charlotte, NC, United States
I am a huge soccer fan, When Champions League is on you want to see all the games. Slingbox makes this possible. I have one game on my TV, one on my Phone, and can have on on the Ipad as well. MY job takes me out of town weekly and having a slingbox with me allows me to watch all my stuff and take full advantage of my cable anywhere!
Great Product, but.......
from Rockledge, FL, United States
Been using the 500 for the better part of 3 years. Upgraded my laptop to Win 10 and worked great up until a few weeks ago. Can log in and everything is going great. But, 20 secs in, the browser crashes. Changed browser and still the same thing. Tried another browser, same thing. So, the only way to watch is via an iPad or iPhone right now. Was able to finally get the laptop to work but only by downloading Slingplayer from the Win store. Not ideal.
unreliable luxury aint a luxury
from New York, NY, United States
Such a shame. Great idea. When it works it is gold, but too often there are tech glitches. I would say over the last year 2 out of 3 times I have tried to use it there have been serious glitches including no sound,random blackouts, freezes, and a glitchy programming leading to it thinking no one is watching after thirty seconds. all of this makes this a very frustrating product which i cant recommend.
Great product for anyone who travels
from Lake Forest, IL and Puerto Vallarta Mx.
I think the picture and sound we get at our vacation home is as good as if I were sitting in my living room. Easy to access live broadcasts and recordings -- and even to set up new recordings while away. We now see all the local sports and news events we'd miss otherwise.
Service and delivery comments:
Typical Abt service: on time, no problem.
over a year now
from Buford, GA, United States
and is great. i can watch my cable anywhere i go, hd resolution
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