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iPad.Lover
Dec 25, 2010, 01:15 AM
http://iphone3ghacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/slingplayer-ipad.jpg

http://images.intomobile.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/sling-ipad.jpg

With SlingPlayer you can watch your Home TV anytime anywhere. The SlingPlayer app is a gorgeous designed app with a HQ resolutions specifically for the iPad. Please if you have any info/experience with the SlingBox products or the App itself I hope you can share it with us.

Here is a Demo:
1-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB6yuS9LNFc

2-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4apiifpn54

Sincerely.



Mitchrapp
Dec 25, 2010, 12:37 PM
You work for them? :D

I did buy a slingbox just for the iPad after the app came out. and it's awesome. At least with wifi, the quality is beautiful and no lag, or delays. Just HD goodness.

einmusiker
Dec 25, 2010, 12:55 PM
how does slingbox work with cable company and whats the difference between different slingboxs?

iPad.Lover
Dec 25, 2010, 03:23 PM
You work for them? :D

I did buy a slingbox just for the iPad after the app came out. and it's awesome. At least with wifi, the quality is beautiful and no lag, or delays. Just HD goodness.

Hey there, unfortunately I don't work with them :D but I'm here to share the good stuff that they provide. Anyway, Yeah me too, I got my Slingbox just for the iPad and it's great but the app itself needs an update for the 3G. Good to have you here and please keep us updated with ur experience.

iPad.Lover
Dec 25, 2010, 03:28 PM
how does slingbox work with cable company and whats the difference between different slingboxs?

Hello sir, It works perfectly fine with cable companies and it's really easy and enjoyable to setup your slingbox. You can control all your cable channels by your slingplayer app or your slingbox software in your PC/Mac. It's so easy to use and control. For your second question, There is a lot of slingboxes each one has it's own feature, however only SlingBox PRO-HD and SlingBox Solo works with the iPhone/iPad apps so be careful before purchasing any. In my opinion go for the PR-HD. You don't wanna miss the opportunity of having great HD channels anywhere, anytime. Enjoy man

sinsin07
Dec 25, 2010, 05:19 PM
how does slingbox work with cable company and whats the difference between different slingboxs?

Sorry, I'm skeptical of the the thread starters intentions, he/she joins recently and their first posts appear to be all adverts for Sling.

However to answer your question, your performance on wifi should be fine, your performance on 3G is dependent on how good your bandwith is, both on internet provider and ATT. If you use the recently released optimized app for the iPad, and you do not have good up/down speeds on your cable provider, you will be prone to freezes. I have the worst of both worlds, I mostly use Slingbox going to and from Midtown Manhattan (ATT), and I am on Cablevision.

There has been mention of this on the Slingbox forums, especially when the app first came out.

I currently have a 3 year old Slingbox AV and a Slingbox Pro HD, however my speeds suck, so I have both the iPhone and Ipad apps on my iPad, so I can switch if I find poor performance from the iPad version.

Of course I am not recommending buy both apps, I already had the iphone version from 2009.

Once again, mileage will vary from person to person depending on their internet provider. I just want to alert you it is not necessarily a slam dunk.

iPad.Lover
Dec 25, 2010, 06:30 PM
Sorry, I'm skeptical of the the thread starters intentions, he/she joins recently and their first posts appear to be all adverts for Sling.

However to answer your question, your performance on wifi should be fine, your performance on 3G is dependent on how good your bandwith is, both on internet provider and ATT. If you use the recently released optimized app for the iPad, and you do not have good up/down speeds on your cable provider, you will be prone to freezes. I have the worst of both worlds, I mostly use Slingbox going to and from Midtown Manhattan (ATT), and I am on Cablevision.

There has been mention of this on the Slingbox forums, especially when the app first came out.

I currently have a 3 year old Slingbox AV and a Slingbox Pro HD, however my speeds suck, so I have both the iPhone and Ipad apps on my iPad, so I can switch if I find poor performance from the iPad version.

Of course I am not recommending buy both apps, I already had the iphone version from 2009.

Once again, mileage will vary from person to person depending on their internet provider. I just want to alert you it is not necessarily a slam dunk.

Man, I don't have any relation with Sling Media at all. All what I'm saying is the SlingBox the ONLY option to get your home TV into your iPad. The app is just perfect. the problem is with your internet connection that's all. You can't ask for HD qualiyt in your 3G connection we're not in 2020 yet. The reason you bought both apps because you like them and that's why I'm here.

einmusiker
Dec 25, 2010, 06:48 PM
how do you set it up?

Mitchrapp
Dec 25, 2010, 06:51 PM
Regardless of intentions this or intentions that, it works wonderfully. As the previous poster mentions, the Solo and Pro-HD are the only two slingboxes that work with the app. But it's an easy setup and the quality is really good. I didn't think it'd be that good to be honest.

Mitchrapp
Dec 25, 2010, 06:57 PM
how do you set it up?

Slingbox to cable box or DVR, and TV. So DVD out to SB in and SB out to TV in or vice versa -- I forget ;). Then they give you IR cable, hooks in to SB and put it on the cable box or DVR for Remote control. It took me about 10-20 minutes.

App then auto finds it. I'm probably missing a small step or two but the Instructions will have the steps. Only a handful. But definitely worth it.

Or you could follow this: ;).

http://support.slingbox.com/attach/989

MacGurl111
Dec 25, 2010, 07:47 PM
Sales pitch much? :D

iPad.Lover
Dec 25, 2010, 08:45 PM
These are good reviews guys.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGbfMtwrW-Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqwT7_g6TBs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh6kCl97U1U

sinsin07
Dec 26, 2010, 05:13 AM
Man, I don't have any relation with Sling Media at all. All what I'm saying is the SlingBox the ONLY option to get your home TV into your iPad. The app is just perfect. the problem is with your internet connection that's all. You can't ask for HD qualiyt in your 3G connection we're not in 2020 yet. The reason you bought both apps because you like them and that's why I'm here.

I did not say the app does not work, when you click on it, launches. I was giving the poster with the question the particulars of the app working well over 3G, which you seem to ignore. The app works perfectly on 3G if the two factors I mentioned have good bandwith. Nothing you said defuses that fact. I also did not mention anything about HD, so the comment you made is out of context. I also did not say I did not like the app, so your comment about me liking it is pointless.

Since the OP with the question may not be aware of some of the points on 3G I listed them. If they are aware of poor performance on any one of the items I mentioned, they can make an informed decision, instead of your disingenuous post.

These are good reviews guys.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGbfMtwrW-Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqwT7_g6TBs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh6kCl97U1U

Another disingenuous post. All three videos show a wifi only iPad. I guess you didn't notice my comment in my first post: your performance on wifi should be fine... And you say your not a pitch man...tsk tsk tsk

Just in case you or anyone else does not get it, I like the product. The only reason I brought the iphone in 2009 was this App, I wanted a screen larger than my Treo. Also my comments are on the iPad version of the App running in SQ mode using 3G. I can run the iPhone verison fine on the iPad. My comments are not to imply that this is typical for everyone, however there are post about it from others.
My only intention to poster einmusiker was to give some info on the 3G aspect. And like a mentioned earlier, mileage will vary from person to person.

iPad.Lover
Dec 26, 2010, 10:27 PM
I did not say the app does not work, when you click on it, launches. I was giving the poster with the question the particulars of the app working well over 3G, which you seem to ignore. The app works perfectly on 3G if the two factors I mentioned have good bandwith. Nothing you said defuses that fact. I also did not mention anything about HD, so the comment you made is out of context. I also did not say I did not like the app, so your comment about me liking it is pointless.

Since the OP with the question may not be aware of some of the points on 3G I listed them. If they are aware of poor performance on any one of the items I mentioned, they can make an informed decision, instead of your disingenuous post.



Another disingenuous post. All three videos show a wifi only iPad. I guess you didn't notice my comment in my first post: your performance on wifi should be fine... And you say your not a pitch man...tsk tsk tsk

Just in case you or anyone else does not get it, I like the product. The only reason I brought the iphone in 2009 was this App, I wanted a screen larger than my Treo. Also my comments are on the iPad version of the App running in SQ mode using 3G. I can run the iPhone verison fine on the iPad. My comments are not to imply that this is typical for everyone, however there are post about it from others.
My only intention to poster einmusiker was to give some info on the 3G aspect. And like a mentioned earlier, mileage will vary from person to person.


I'll get back to you soon sir. I guess I miss understood you, I'm sorry. Again, we're both customers... we always look for the best. best regards.

hitekalex
Dec 26, 2010, 10:45 PM
All what I'm saying is the SlingBox the ONLY option to get your home TV into your iPad.

"All what you're saying" is wrong. There are several other options to get live TV on an iPad - FilmOn, EyeTV, etc. :rolleyes:

JNGold
Dec 26, 2010, 11:10 PM
"All what you're saying" is wrong. There are several other options to get live TV on an iPad - FilmOn, EyeTV, etc. :rolleyes:

Exactly. Not to mention the Vulkano box by Monsoon.

http://www.monsoonmultimedia.com/products.html

I am a Sling AV owner and have become a bit fed up with Sling's software policies. I hear that the Vulkano clients are free.

iPad.Lover
Dec 26, 2010, 11:28 PM
"All what you're saying" is wrong. There are several other options to get live TV on an iPad - FilmOn, EyeTV, etc. :rolleyes:

You can't compare any of your list with Sling Media... FilmOn has monthly fees almost 10 bucks, they're the worst. EyeTv comes next after SlingBox. I'm an old subscriber but Sling waaaaaaaay better that EyeTv, and ask everyone. .. Please don't include ETC,, there's none,, sorry

iPad.Lover
Dec 26, 2010, 11:37 PM
Exactly. Not to mention the Vulkano box by Monsoon.

http://www.monsoonmultimedia.com/products.html

I am a Sling AV owner and have become a bit fed up with Sling's software policies. I hear that the Vulkano clients are free.

Please you must be a a Vulkano user to judge. hearing is not enough... Sling still number 1.

Moyank24
Dec 26, 2010, 11:52 PM
Exactly. Not to mention the Vulkano box by Monsoon.

http://www.monsoonmultimedia.com/products.html

I am a Sling AV owner and have become a bit fed up with Sling's software policies. I hear that the Vulkano clients are free.

Looks interesting, but I'd like to read more real world reviews about it. I've read a few, and none of them have been good. They all have pretty much said it's not ready yet.

Uofmtiger
Dec 27, 2010, 12:18 AM
I have Sling on my iPhone and iPad ( used to have it on my Treo, so I have been a customer for a while) and I think it is the best solution for streaming from satellite or cable. It also works with my IO Data linkplayer (unbelievable, but true) and OTA HDTV.

However, I just got an EyeTV and it can do most of the job, too. My main issue (and I could be wrong, I just got it yesterday) is that I can't access my Directv DVR recordings from the mobile interface. However, it has the added benefit of recording HD to the computer and it will transcode it to iPad, iPhone, AppleTV format if you desire.

I will keep both because they do different things, but the Sling is a great product if you don't need to archive.

Stirolak123
Dec 27, 2010, 12:31 AM
http://www.filmon.com/tv/?mid=13

iPad.Lover
Dec 27, 2010, 01:13 AM
I have Sling on my iPhone and iPad ( used to have it on my Treo, so I have been a customer for a while) and I think it is the best solution for streaming from satellite or cable. It also works with my IO Data linkplayer (unbelievable, but true) and OTA HDTV.

However, I just got an EyeTV and it can do most of the job, too. My main issue (and I could be wrong, I just got it yesterday) is that I can't access my Directv DVR recordings from the mobile interface. However, it has the added benefit of recording HD to the computer and it will transcode it to iPad, iPhone, AppleTV format if you desire.

I will keep both because they do different things, but the Sling is a great product if you don't need to archive.


it's really nice to have people like you here. thanks for sharing your experience.

Stirolak123
Dec 27, 2010, 02:16 AM
There is also this:
http://www.dishnetwork.com/tveverywhere/remoteaccess/
http://venturebeat.com/2010/08/04/dish-network-brings-live-tv-to-the-ipad-and-mobile-devices/

iPad.Lover
Dec 27, 2010, 02:35 AM
There is also this:
http://www.dishnetwork.com/tveverywhere/remoteaccess/
http://venturebeat.com/2010/08/04/dish-network-brings-live-tv-to-the-ipad-and-mobile-devices/

Thanks for sharing the links. Dish Network has improved a lot since they companied with Sling Media. Sincerely

azstinger
Dec 27, 2010, 08:18 AM
so would this app allow me to access my US based slingbox while I am overseas?

iPad.Lover
Dec 27, 2010, 03:43 PM
so would this app allow me to access my US based slingbox while I am overseas?

Anywhere in the world. Please check the previous youtube links. Sincerely

JNGold
Dec 27, 2010, 04:20 PM
Please you must be a a Vulkano user to judge. hearing is not enough... Sling still number 1.

Pardon me, we weren't address who is number one but rather the availability of other solutions on the market. I am a Sling owner and know several friends who have purchased the Vulkano and are quite happy with it (they were Sling owners). In fact, they too were tired of being raped by Sling for having to purchase separate apps for the iPhone and iPad (at 30 bucks at shot no less).

Furthermore, the Vulkano is more capable than the Slingbox as well, offering models that allow SD storage and/or connecting to a external HD (USB 2.0) for the capability of being it's own DVR. By doing that, you can get rid of your cable company DVR which you are paying monthly for. The Sling does not allow for that capability. The Vulkano also includes Wi-Fi N.

Also, as an experienced Sling owner (for several years now), I can tell you that tech support is absolutely horrible and at times has NOT been very helpful.

Finally, you were very incorrect by saying Sling was the only option on the market. Clearly, it is not.

einmusiker
Dec 27, 2010, 05:23 PM
I know about filmon, but they've pulled access to the free channels because of a lawsuit, and it doesn't look like they'll be back.

So for watching tv anywhere with a mac or iphone it looks like the best options are slinbox and eyetv. which is better? price? service? features? etc.

JNGold
Dec 27, 2010, 05:38 PM
I know about filmon, but they've pulled access to the free channels because of a lawsuit, and it doesn't look like they'll be back.

So for watching tv anywhere with a mac or iphone it looks like the best options are slinbox and eyetv. which is better? price? service? features? etc.

Do yourself a favor, check out the Vukano box. They are having a sale until Jan 3rd. You can get a premium box for around $129 and the iOs client is a universal binary and is free.

einmusiker
Dec 27, 2010, 05:54 PM
Do yourself a favor, check out the Vukano box. They are having a sale until Jan 3rd. You can get a premium box for around $129 and the iOs client is a universal binary and is free.

do you have a link to the sale?

JNGold
Dec 27, 2010, 06:12 PM
do you have a link to the sale?

Home page: http://www.monsoonmultimedia.com/

einmusiker
Dec 27, 2010, 06:46 PM
Home page: http://www.monsoonmultimedia.com/

thanks seriously considering it. how long have you used it?

JNGold
Dec 27, 2010, 07:05 PM
thanks seriously considering it. how long have you used it?

I have a older Sling box (AV) that is due for an update. A few of my good friends have dumped their older Sling boxes for a Vulkano. They have all said good things about them. Last weekend, my Co-host on the tech podcast I do came to visit and she was showing me the player on the iPhone 4. It was very smooth and worked just as well a the Sling app I have on my iPhone.

I am seriously considering purchasing one.

Uofmtiger
Dec 27, 2010, 08:06 PM
The NYTimes reviewed the Vulkano in September and called it a train wreck. I would definitely spend some time researching before I went that route.

hitekalex
Dec 27, 2010, 09:13 PM
You can't compare any of your list with Sling Media... FilmOn has monthly fees almost 10 bucks, they're the worst. EyeTv comes next after SlingBox. I'm an old subscriber but Sling waaaaaaaay better that EyeTv, and ask everyone.

I can't compare it? Really?? I just did! Your original statement was that Sling was "the only option to get TV on iPad". I pointed out that statement was factually wrong. Are you going to apologize for spreading false information on MacRumors?

Sling is "waaaaaay better" than EyeTV? Again, according to who? You? You like Sling - great for you.. But stop presenting your personal preference as some sort of well-accepted fact.

This entire thread has a stink of a sales pitch for Sling. *MR really needs to impose something like a 2-week posting quarantine for newbies, to stop these sort of threads.

Stirolak123
Dec 27, 2010, 11:18 PM
Cnn app + abc app + netflix streaming + filmontv subscription which is as cheap as netflix monthlsy = save tons on monthly tv charges. Zbout $20 in total or $30 witj adult channels on filmontv. And the great part its mobile and anywhere as lomg ss there is wifi unlike a big tv to carry around or $150 on up slingboxes.

Stirolak123
Dec 27, 2010, 11:21 PM
Ipadlover how is filmontv or netflix expensive at $10 each when a single slingbox costs at least $150. Thats using filmontv for 15 months, and thats not counting the subscribor monthly fee you pay even with sling.

iPad.Lover
Dec 27, 2010, 11:49 PM
I can't compare it? Really?? I just did! Your original statement was that Sling was "the only option to get TV on iPad". I pointed out that statement was factually wrong. Are you going to apologize for spreading false information on MacRumors?

Sling is "waaaaaay better" than EyeTV? Again, according to who? You? You like Sling - great for you.. But stop presenting your personal preference as some sort of well-accepted fact.

This entire thread has a stink of a sales pitch for Sling. *MR really needs to impose something like a 2-week posting quarantine for newbies, to stop these sort of threads.

You're missing my point Mr. I'm not here to fight with you. Take it easy. I'm a user like you. We're in the same bout with different experience. If you're angry then I'm sorry. Sincerely

iPad.Lover
Dec 27, 2010, 11:56 PM
Ipadlover how is filmontv or netflix expensive at $10 each when a single slingbox costs at least $150. Thats using filmontv for 15 months, and thats not counting the subscribor monthly fee you pay even with sling.

Who doesn't love Netflix? Everyone but again it's not Live Tv. FilmOn is spam with limited channels, and a terrible performance,, I'm sorry it's my opinion you may disagree with me. As a Slingbox PRO-Hd + Directv HD-DVR user, I'm completely happy with the HD reolution on my iPad; ANYWHERE, ANYTIME. I'm a soccer and tennis fan so every moment matters. Sincerely mate

Stirolak123
Dec 28, 2010, 12:03 AM
Thats why i listed it along with cnn app and abc not by itself. If you multitask among all four of them you get good tv experience at a much cheaper rate. And filmontv has hd channels and getting more. It also has a soccer channel.

iPad.Lover
Dec 28, 2010, 12:36 AM
Thats why i listed it along with cnn app and abc not by itself. If you multitask among all four of them you get good tv experience at a much cheaper rate. And filmontv has hd channels and getting more. It also has a soccer channel.

I hope they get more and more channels since that reach guy alki bought it. :D

but when you have a good company like DirecTv in your house,, you don't wanna miss the opportunity to have all your home tv in your ipad. I hope Directv do their on app like Dish..., Btw, excuse me for my language I'm not English speaker I'm from Hungary but I live in the states... Sincerely

Stirolak123
Dec 28, 2010, 01:05 AM
They even have their own three dedicated movie channels. I wonder how they accomplished that? Btw tell me about the kiss principle.

Dirtywater
Dec 29, 2010, 02:01 PM
Of course, I can only speak about my own experiences, but I love my Slingboxes. I own two, an AV and a SOLO, and I recommend them just about every day. That is not to say that Sling is the best company, because clearly they are not.

Sling, up until very recently, has had a history of releasing a product and then hardly ever putting out any support for it. As a consumer, that is beyond frustrating, and was enough for me to seek out alternatives. In the end, I have found that for my needs, Sling is still on top.

I bought an AV maybe 4 years ago. It served it's purpose for me, being able to placeshift my TV watching to my laptop when I was at the office or traveling. Quality was OK, of course depending on the wireless situation at hand. Once Sling released their iPhone app, I like many found out the hard way that my Slingbox was not supported. That is some really weak **** right there.

I looked into my options and found that the SOLO was supported I began to price it out. A website featured the SOLO for $99 for that day and me and about 8 other co-workers jumped on board. I got it up and running instantly and was pleasantly surprised by the improved viewing quality on my MacBook Pro. I took my old AV and put it in my father's house 3k miles away in Massachusetts so I could watch east coast programming and the occasional sports show that was unavailable to me in LA.

Still though, I could not watch the AV on my iPhone and the quality of my SOLO's performance on my iPhone was OK, and nothing as god as the quality on my MBP. I got an iPad, and of course, had to wait out until Sling put out it's iPad app.

That's when everything changed. Seriously.

Sling put out the stand-alone app and after watching the youtube videos, I paid for it and it's been great. Great. Even more amazing, Sling then came out with another update (holy ****, they never update software!!) which made the viewing even better quality.

The better part is that they somehow were able to offer viewing of most of their older models now. So, I now can choose between the two Slingboxes I have on my mobile devices which is great, and the HQ/SQ option really is useful depending on my wifi connection. The iPad Sling app on HQ is just perfect! The others are really decent quality as well. Sling more than came through.

As far as cost, well YMMV, so I can only speak for myself. I paid $120 or my AV back in the day, $99 for my SOLO and $29 each for the iPhone/iPad apps. Total cost around $300 with taxes. This was a cost I was more than ok with as I use my Sling just about everyday. The post-purchase no-fees are attractive to me and the "it just works" simplicity of the hardware/software put it over the top.

One more thing, I use my Sling a lot for something that I never thought about before purchasing. I find that I am constantly setting my DVR to record something, while away from the DVR. I realize there are other options (DirecTV app, etc.) for doing this, but nothing beats using my actual remote and knowing all the settings are correct (sports games require adding extra recording time, which might require canceling a previous scheduled recording).

Way to go Sling, your product is one of my essential and favorite apps on the iPhone/iPad. :)

Uofmtiger
Dec 29, 2010, 03:09 PM
Cnn app + abc app + netflix streaming + filmontv subscription which is as cheap as netflix monthlsy = save tons on monthly tv chargesI am sure it does, if you don't care about content or time shifting.

saberahul
Dec 29, 2010, 06:23 PM
Nice informative thread. Your way with words and language seems very marketing like; hence, I can see why many, including me, feel you work with them - but it doesn't matter really.
I just wish the sling box would be a little cheaper than 300. Being a dish customer, I'd like to see one at about 100 USD - I think that's a better price.

From A Buick 8
Dec 29, 2010, 07:16 PM
Ok wow this is pretty cool. I have only had my iPad since Christmas and I swear everyday I find some cool thing on it.

I have had the EyeTV Hybrid on my iMac and now with the EyeTV app it is so Colleen to be able to watch live tv on the iPad.

iPad.Lover
Dec 30, 2010, 12:56 AM
Of course, I can only speak about my own experiences, but I love my Slingboxes. I own two, an AV and a SOLO, and I recommend them just about every day. That is not to say that Sling is the best company, because clearly they are not.

Sling, up until very recently, has had a history of releasing a product and then hardly ever putting out any support for it. As a consumer, that is beyond frustrating, and was enough for me to seek out alternatives. In the end, I have found that for my needs, Sling is still on top.

I bought an AV maybe 4 years ago. It served it's purpose for me, being able to placeshift my TV watching to my laptop when I was at the office or traveling. Quality was OK, of course depending on the wireless situation at hand. Once Sling released their iPhone app, I like many found out the hard way that my Slingbox was not supported. That is some really weak **** right there.

I looked into my options and found that the SOLO was supported I began to price it out. A website featured the SOLO for $99 for that day and me and about 8 other co-workers jumped on board. I got it up and running instantly and was pleasantly surprised by the improved viewing quality on my MacBook Pro. I took my old AV and put it in my father's house 3k miles away in Massachusetts so I could watch east coast programming and the occasional sports show that was unavailable to me in LA.

Still though, I could not watch the AV on my iPhone and the quality of my SOLO's performance on my iPhone was OK, and nothing as god as the quality on my MBP. I got an iPad, and of course, had to wait out until Sling put out it's iPad app.

That's when everything changed. Seriously.

Sling put out the stand-alone app and after watching the youtube videos, I paid for it and it's been great. Great. Even more amazing, Sling then came out with another update (holy ****, they never update software!!) which made the viewing even better quality.

The better part is that they somehow were able to offer viewing of most of their older models now. So, I now can choose between the two Slingboxes I have on my mobile devices which is great, and the HQ/SQ option really is useful depending on my wifi connection. The iPad Sling app on HQ is just perfect! The others are really decent quality as well. Sling more than came through.

As far as cost, well YMMV, so I can only speak for myself. I paid $120 or my AV back in the day, $99 for my SOLO and $29 each for the iPhone/iPad apps. Total cost around $300 with taxes. This was a cost I was more than ok with as I use my Sling just about everyday. The post-purchase no-fees are attractive to me and the "it just works" simplicity of the hardware/software put it over the top.

One more thing, I use my Sling a lot for something that I never thought about before purchasing. I find that I am constantly setting my DVR to record something, while away from the DVR. I realize there are other options (DirecTV app, etc.) for doing this, but nothing beats using my actual remote and knowing all the settings are correct (sports games require adding extra recording time, which might require canceling a previous scheduled recording).

Way to go Sling, your product is one of my essential and favorite apps on the iPhone/iPad. :)


It's so nice to have people like you here in Macrumors. Thanks for such a post.. I'll be back mate

iPad.Lover
Dec 30, 2010, 01:01 AM
Nice informative thread. Your way with words and language seems very marketing like; hence, I can see why many, including me, feel you work with them - but it doesn't matter really.
I just wish the sling box would be a little cheaper than 300. Being a dish customer, I'd like to see one at about 100 USD - I think that's a better price.

Ha Ha Ha :D I swear I don't work with Sling media. I'm just an exchange student live in the US. Anyway, You're right the price should be more cheaper, I mean 29.99 bucks for an app that's just ridicules, but in my case I have to live with it until I find another solution. I hope new companies like Sling and Eyetv get involve in the industry of Internet TV, I don't see the bright on Monsoon but we will see ,, Good to have you here sir

iPad.Lover
Dec 30, 2010, 01:04 AM
Ok wow this is pretty cool. I have only had my iPad since Christmas and I sweater everyday I find some cool thing on it.

I have had the EyeTV Hybrid on my iMac and now with the EyeTV app it is so Colleen to be able to watch live tv on the iPad.

iPad is the device of the decade in my opinion, just magic. EyeTv is a perfect way to watch TV on your iPad I hope you can share your experience... thank you

einmusiker
Dec 30, 2010, 10:02 PM
ordered the vulkano platinum. 30 day money back guarantee so I'll give it a run and report back

iPad.Lover
Dec 31, 2010, 12:10 AM
ordered the vulkano platinum. 30 day money back guarantee so I'll give it a run and report back

Nice.....! I hope you'll like it.. We'll be waiting for you

Resist
Jan 4, 2011, 05:28 AM
Anyone know what the 5 buttons at the top of the favorites screen are for and how to use them? They are labeled 1 2 3 4 5. I can't get them to do anything.

Cryminysakes
Jan 4, 2011, 10:17 AM
I had the great idea to use sling box and an iPad to get TV into the kitchen for my wife. Bought all the eqpt and had absolute hell trying to get it running. Several hours on the phone with tech support, $29.99 for the iPad SlingMobile app, $180 for the SlingBox Solo (on sale for Christmas) and once it was up and running the picture was a pixilated horror and the delay from the next room was disconceting ang distracting. It looked beautiful on my PC over WiFi so I was taken aback. Further, the remote control was clunky to access and operate not slick or intuitive at all.

I very quickly unhooked all that stuff and returned it and requested and received a refund on the exorbitantly priced SlingMobile app.

This was all just before Christmas. Maybe I gave up to quick but I was not happy about the high cost vs the quality I was getting.

Glad others had good experiences but SlingBox is definitely not for me.

Dirtywater
Jan 4, 2011, 11:50 AM
Anyone know what the 5 buttons at the top of the favorites screen are for and how to use them? They are labeled 1 2 3 4 5. I can't get them to do anything.

Yeah, they are pages of favorites. So, if you have say 100 favorite channels, each page holds like 20, so you just hit the next number to continue to browse favorites.

Resist
Jan 4, 2011, 10:00 PM
Glad others had good experiences but SlingBox is definitely not for me.I'm using a Slingbox Pro HD and also have 10MB cable Internet. Using my home Wifi the picture on my iPad is great, much better than using the Sling app on my iPhone, but not as good as when on my computer. I'm sure the picture quality will not be as good away from home, but it really depends on the Internet speeds.

iPad.Lover
Jan 5, 2011, 12:38 AM
I had the great idea to use sling box and an iPad to get TV into the kitchen for my wife. Bought all the eqpt and had absolute hell trying to get it running. Several hours on the phone with tech support, $29.99 for the iPad SlingMobile app, $180 for the SlingBox Solo (on sale for Christmas) and once it was up and running the picture was a pixilated horror and the delay from the next room was disconceting ang distracting. It looked beautiful on my PC over WiFi so I was taken aback. Further, the remote control was clunky to access and operate – not slick or intuitive at all.

I very quickly unhooked all that stuff and returned it and requested and received a refund on the exorbitantly priced SlingMobile app.

This was all just before Christmas. Maybe I gave up to quick but I was not happy about the high cost vs the quality I was getting.

Glad others had good experiences but SlingBox is definitely not for me.


I'm sorry to here that. it's all about internet speed, internet speed and internet speed. Man, if you had a great internet speed I'm definitely sure that the slingbox will have stood at your home. regards

JNGold
Jan 9, 2011, 11:10 PM
You guys might want to hold off on a Monsoon purchase. Monsoon was showing a $99 basic "Flow" player which offers basic placeshifting (ie. Slingbox) functionality. At 99 bucks, it becomes more of an impulse purchase very similar to an Apple TV (in terms of cost/value). The mobile apps will go for 9.99 each which is still much better than the 30+ bucks that Sling charges for EACH client.

The Blast model will go for $199 and will offer DVR functionality and will even record in a format for mobile devices.

Check it the CES vid interview:

http://http://www.tipb.com/2011/01/09/monsoon-introduces-volkano-flow-volkano-blast-shift-tv-iphone-ipad-tipb-ces-2011/

I haven't heard of Sling offering anything in a similar price range for a basic box so I am considering a Monsoon Flow to replace my aging Slingbox AV.

Stirolak123
Jan 10, 2011, 02:57 AM
Why would u need to spend all that money on a slingbox Or other hardware when with comast you will have those features soon with the xfinnity app?

http://www.electronista.com/articles/11/01/05/android.tablet.support.also.in.works/

sim667
Jan 10, 2011, 03:49 AM
That volkano blast looks interesting, a good budget solution, I wonder if it will work with UK cable providers.

I know its not the same, but for UK users you can stream freeview channels to you ipad/iphone by just signing up at www.tvcatchup.com ........ not the best of quality however, the iPad streams are still in beta too.

JNGold
Jan 10, 2011, 09:16 AM
That volkano blast looks interesting, a good budget solution, I wonder if it will work with UK cable providers.

I know its not the same, but for UK users you can stream freeview channels to you ipad/iphone by just signing up at www.tvcatchup.com ........ not the best of quality however, the iPad streams are still in beta too.

I don't see any reason why any of the placeshifting options (Sling or Monsoon) wouldn't work with UK providers. All it does is redirect the signal from your cable box over the net. I know a couple of UK folks already using Sling for some time now.

Uofmtiger
Jan 11, 2011, 09:40 AM
Why would u need to spend all that money on a slingbox Or other hardware when with comast you will have those features soon with the xfinnity app?
I have Directv. Also, I have had Sling for years and xfinnity wasn't a choice (not sure it is even a choice where I live now).

einmusiker
Jan 11, 2011, 11:46 AM
got the vulkano, hooked it up and it works great. Put it right back in the box and will send it back. Why you ask???

because you can't independantly control the channels with the cable box. Whatever is being watched on the cable box is the only thing that can be watched on the vulkano player. This is unfortunately a dealbreaker for me. Cool idea though. I wish you could also just hook it up to regular cable without a cable box.

Coffee87
Jan 11, 2011, 12:03 PM
Dish Network has a $99 Sling adapter for their model 722 receivers. It's new so there are some bugs that need to be worked out, but for the most part, it's great. And the service and app are free, so the $99 is all you pay.

It's nice to have access to all the Dish channels I subscribe to anywhere I want to watch them. I've tested it over wifi and on my Sprint 3G connection and it works great.

iPad.Lover
Jan 12, 2011, 01:40 AM
Dish Network has a $99 Sling adapter for their model 722 receivers. It's new so there are some bugs that need to be worked out, but for the most part, it's great. And the service and app are free, so the $99 is all you pay.

It's nice to have access to all the Dish channels I subscribe to anywhere I want to watch them. I've tested it over wifi and on my Sprint 3G connection and it works great.

good option for who has dish as their provider. bun in my case I prefer Slingbox PRO Hd with HD channels. Good to have you here mate

Jedi5
Jan 12, 2011, 09:02 AM
Dish Network has a $99 Sling adapter for their model 722 receivers. It's new so there are some bugs that need to be worked out, but for the most part, it's great. And the service and app are free, so the $99 is all you pay.

It's nice to have access to all the Dish channels I subscribe to anywhere I want to watch them. I've tested it over wifi and on my Sprint 3G connection and it works great.

Can you give more info on this?
I have both the 722 and 722K receivers and am interested in this sling adapter.
What is the quality of the video?
I know you said this is new but do you recommend it?
Are you happy with it or do you wish you have tried something else?

JNGold
Jan 12, 2011, 10:15 AM
got the vulkano, hooked it up and it works great. Put it right back in the box and will send it back. Why you ask???

because you can't independantly control the channels with the cable box. Whatever is being watched on the cable box is the only thing that can be watched on the vulkano player. This is unfortunately a dealbreaker for me. Cool idea though. I wish you could also just hook it up to regular cable without a cable box.

That's the way the Sling works as well. My "workaround" is to put the Sling on the bedroom cable box (which no-one uses during the day anyways). :)

Coffee87
Jan 12, 2011, 02:01 PM
Can you give more info on this?
I have both the 722 and 722K receivers and am interested in this sling adapter.
What is the quality of the video?
I know you said this is new but do you recommend it?
Are you happy with it or do you wish you have tried something else?

http://www.dishnetwork.com/tveverywhere/slingadapter/customer.aspx

That is the website for more info.

I would highly recommend it actually. Over wifi the HD channels are just that, HD quality. And on the small iPad screen, SD channels look really good. Quality over 3G is lower, but still close to DVD quality. I would say the "ugliest" picture I got over 3G would be considered VHS quality.

You just plug the device into the USB port on the 722 or 722k, plug in a network cable, and the box recognizes it right away. You pull up the app and use your dishnetwork.com account to sign in. You can also watch through the dishnetwork.com website on your PC/Mac.

You can also watch shows recorded on your DVR, set recordings, delete recordings, etc. This part is a little buggy, but I expect that to be improved.

The biggest bug I have run into are when you initially load up the app. Sometimes when you select a show to watch it won't load. So you have to go back to the guide and select "Watch on iPad" again - sometimes a couple times. But once you get past this part, it's pretty flawless. You can then change the channel using a popup number pad, or go back to the guide and see what is on.

There have been people saying it doesn't work nearly as well on the 722k as it does on the 722, so I would recommend hooking it up to that.

Overall, I am extremely satisfied with it. For a flat fee of $99 it's well worth it. My wife is happy with it too as I can now watch TV in bed without waking her up. :)

Moogyman
Jan 12, 2011, 05:41 PM
If you enjoy UK TV then you can do this easily through TV Catchup, live streaming UK TV.

Follow the link:
http://signup.tvcatchup.com/

I'm not associated with this site in anyway just use it all the while when I'm on the move with my iPad.

Data equates to about 100mb per half hour viewing.

Enjoy

Stirolak123
Jan 12, 2011, 08:11 PM
Lame how u have to be lodated in the UK to use that app.

iPad.Lover
Feb 23, 2011, 07:45 PM
did anybody got the new update?

Jedi5
Feb 27, 2011, 02:52 PM
Tried to look this up but couldn't find any info...

For these apps to watch TV on your iPad, what speeds are needed?
I currently have dry loop DSL with d/l of 768Kpbs.
Will that be enough or will I have lag on my video?

altitudetac
Feb 27, 2011, 06:09 PM
nice, does anyone know how many channels is there?

WizardHunt
Feb 27, 2011, 09:21 PM
But if I am a Dish Network user and I have a iPad, which would be the better choice for me? Vukano box or Slingbox adapter made for Dishonline?

MUBiomed
Feb 27, 2011, 10:33 PM
I have comcast which requires no box..coax comes straight out of the wall and into my TV. I remember looking into this before and thinking that it would not work, does that still hold true?