PDA

View Full Version : Sling Media Announces Slingbox 350 and 500 Media Streaming Boxes




MacRumors
Oct 9, 2012, 09:06 PM
http://images.macrumors.com/im/macrumorsthreadlogo.gif (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/10/09/sling-media-announces-slingbox-350-and-500-media-streaming-boxes/)


Sling Media, maker of the Slingbox (http://www.slingbox.com) set-top media streaming boxes, today announced its first new hardware products in four years, introducing the new Slingbox 350 and 500 boxes. The company has long been one of the leading vendors offering software and hardware solutions to allow users to stream live and recorded television programming from a user's television to their computers and smartphones.

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2012/10/slingbox_500.jpg
Slingbox 500
The new Slingbox 500, which carries a retail price of $299.99, includes built-in Wi-Fi connectivity as well as integrated IR blasters for controlling a set-top box. The box also includes the new SlingProjector feature, which allows users to wirelessly transmit photos and other content from their phones onto their television sets.The Slingbox 500 is the foundation of a growing set of features for Slingbox customers. The hardware platform not only has the ability to placeshift content, making a live content stream available anywhere, but can also receive content and display it on the TV. The first example of this is SlingProjector. SlingProjector makes it easy for anyone to wirelessly display their personal media, such as photos, from their smartphone onto the big screen.http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2012/10/slingbox_350.jpg
Slingbox 350
The Slingbox 350, priced at $179.99, is a lower-cost option that forgoes the integrated Wi-Fi and SlingProjector functionalities but still offers 1080p streaming for improved video quality.

Sling Media has also released updated version of its apps for iPhone (http://www.appshopper.com/entertainment/slingplayer-mobile) and iPad (http://www.appshopper.com/entertainment/slingplayer-mobile-for-ipad), with each app currently priced at $14.99, 50% of the standard prices.

The new Slingbox 350 and 500 boxes will go on sale in the United States beginning this Sunday, October 14, with Canadian availability scheduled for next month.

Article Link: Sling Media Announces Slingbox 350 and 500 Media Streaming Boxes (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/10/09/sling-media-announces-slingbox-350-and-500-media-streaming-boxes/)



besweeet2
Oct 9, 2012, 09:11 PM
Awesome updates! Can't wait to get my hands on the 500. Despite what a lot of people are saying, I think it looks excellent, and is a welcomed design change.

I just hope that the video and audio quality in their mobile apps doesn't suck... The low bitrates were unbearable sometimes.

thelonelylimo
Oct 9, 2012, 09:17 PM
they certainly thought "out of the box".

auero
Oct 9, 2012, 09:20 PM
They had me at HDMI.

besweeet2
Oct 9, 2012, 09:20 PM
They had me at HDMI.

Keep in mind that HDCP will most likely be a problem for most people.

avanpelt
Oct 9, 2012, 09:25 PM
Their apps for iPhone and iPad aren't showing as updated in the App Store yet. Hope they show up soon. The apps lost the ability to stream in high quality after you update to iOS 6.

Sling Media has been, in my experience, an awful company in terms of customer service. They nickel and dime their customers to death. In addition to releasing new hardware, I think they need to clean house at the company and get some people working there who appreciate their customers who spend hundreds on the hardware and $29 each for both the iPhone and iPad apps.

besweeet2
Oct 9, 2012, 09:26 PM
Their apps for iPhone and iPad aren't showing as updated in the App Store yet. Hope they show up soon. The apps lost the ability to stream in high quality after you update to iOS 6.

Sling Media has been, in my experience, an awful company in terms of customer service. They nickel and dime their customers to death. In addition to releasing new hardware, I think they need to clean house at the company and get some people working there who appreciate their customers who spend hundreds on the hardware and $29 each for both the iPhone and iPad apps.

The changelogs have been updated, but nothing else has.

I do agree that they should be working on their CS side of things. And perhaps their marketing...

benhollberg
Oct 9, 2012, 09:27 PM
Their apps for iPhone and iPad aren't showing as updated in the App Store yet. Hope they show up soon. The apps lost the ability to stream in high quality after you update to iOS 6.

Oh my, is that why I haven't been able to do high quality? Been noticing that lately and never knew why. Can't wait for an update then.

mikeyrko
Oct 9, 2012, 09:28 PM
I just recently sold my old slingbox and purchased a vulkano lava I'm much happier with it, I can now record shows and watch them on my iPhone offline.

WhoDaKat
Oct 9, 2012, 09:32 PM
Who in the hell designed these ugly things? Good lord, I'm almost scared of them.

SteveLV702
Oct 9, 2012, 09:40 PM
please tell me these ones have HDMI connectivity.

ProwlingTiger
Oct 9, 2012, 09:47 PM
These look like ****. I'd be embarrassed to have one sitting in my living room.
Keelhaul the designers.

Carlanga
Oct 9, 2012, 10:01 PM
Edgy designs gone awry.

dazed
Oct 9, 2012, 10:19 PM
Damn, tell the designers to put down the crack pipe those are fugly.

The second one looks like a strippers handbag.

auero
Oct 9, 2012, 10:31 PM
Keep in mind that HDCP will most likely be a problem for most people.

Yep, I heard conflicting reports. The review of the two already killed it for me.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/09/slingbox-350--500-review/

nsfw
Oct 9, 2012, 10:32 PM
Damn, tell the designers to put down the crack pipe those are fugly.

The second one looks like a strippers handbag.

<-- that. I was thinking some women's related apparel. The crazy thing is the 350 and 500 look like they were designed by two different companies. Have they not heard of continuity?
Whats the purpose of these things anyways? Give to friend in your hometown sports market to watch games for free? Send to your parents in your home country to watch foreign TV? Yer a traveling business person?
I hope you guys aren't buying these because you have so much TV to watch you need to watch tv at work?

MacPod
Oct 9, 2012, 10:51 PM
Looks like they got rid of the ATSC over the air tuner, which is a shame, because it's definitely nice to be able to cut the cable TV service, and not only are there quite a few extra channels now on digital OTA TV, but the HD video quality is better than cable, since it's generally less compressed!

Please, someone tell me I've just missed something here... :eek:

smithrh
Oct 9, 2012, 11:08 PM
I had a Slingbox, and I honestly got really tired of Slingmedia charging exorbitant/extortionary fees for the viewing apps.

I've gone to Vulkano, pretty happy with that. It's not perfect, but it's good enough.

Guessing HDMI will be useless as others have noted.

Cartaphilus
Oct 9, 2012, 11:45 PM
I really love my Slingbox and watch my own television programming, both live and DVR'd, wherever I am in the world. It's great on the iPad outside on the deck while barbecuing, or anywhere in the house while doing anything. I've even watched a game on it while strapped into a wifi-equipped airplane at 35 kilofeet. And now with LTE speeds faster than my home network, it'll be great anywhere.

Customer service is terrific with setting up the box, and they'll just take over your Mac and do all the set-up programming for you.

On the other hand, these new boxes really don't seem to be much of an improvement. It's nice that they have wifi built in, but it's still better to have the box hard-wired to your router. The HDMI/HDCP issues are annoying, not Sling's fault, but still, it's not really any advance for 90%+ of current users. And the pricing on the app is aggravating, especially since without an app the box is only useful if you want to lug a computer around. And I still have to figure out why I'd want yet another clicker on the coffee table to do pretty much nothing particularly helpful.

To me the biggest flaw is the lag time with the control blaster. It's pretty nearly impossible to fast-forward through commercials and not actuate the PLAY command too soon or too late the first try. There has to be a way to program one-minute or thirty-second skips into the app.

If they get that done, and make HDMI work, I won't care how artsy their enclosure designs get.

This company does some very hard things extremely well, but this is one outfit that is in desperate need of someone who really understands what users want and need and who has the organizational power to marshal the company's resources to deliver it. Otherwise, these guys are going to end up being the RealNetworks of video.

saturnino3
Oct 10, 2012, 01:42 AM
I like the design of the 350. It's cool. The design of the 500 it too much.

bushido
Oct 10, 2012, 02:14 AM
aw this box will look neat next to my lava lamp and my pot plantation. oh wait its not the 60s anymore

jeeze and that price, yep ill stick to my ecosystem integrated apple tv

topmike
Oct 10, 2012, 02:30 AM
OK - I have read the reviews, and looked at the photos and Sling Media clearly wanted their box to sit on top of all other products. While that is a neat idea, clearly they never consulted their user base.

From the Engadget review: "In contrast, the Slingbox 500 is not a box, but rather, some amorphous shape we're pretty sure we never covered in high school geometry. Other than the fact you can't stack anything on top of it, we sort of like the way it looks, even though the plastic is very prone to gathering fingerprints." -http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/09/slingbox-350--500-review/

They should have tested this in the real world!

everything-i
Oct 10, 2012, 05:09 AM
These things are so bizarre, looks like the designers have been tripping when they came up with these. And a bad trip at that. ;)

CyberBob859
Oct 10, 2012, 06:35 AM
Looks like they got rid of the ATSC over the air tuner, which is a shame, because it's definitely nice to be able to cut the cable TV service, and not only are there quite a few extra channels now on digital OTA TV, but the HD video quality is better than cable, since it's generally less compressed!

Please, someone tell me I've just missed something here... :eek:

Nope. You haven't missed something. I noticed that too. The lack of a tuner is a deal breaker for me. I have a Pro-HD and use the tuner all the time. Unfortunately, I'm having disconnection problems, and was thinking of upgrading but without that tuner, it's a no-go.

Bad case designs, poor customer service, questionable quality control, and now no tuner is pushing me away from Sling.

ibnsina
Oct 10, 2012, 06:53 AM
This is what happens when you have no more new ideas. You spend your time designing the outside instead of improving the inside.

lsbuffs
Oct 10, 2012, 07:27 AM
Reading this article reminds me I've been meaning to disconnect my current Slingbox and re-purpose the AirPort Express I have it plugged into. While the picture quality was ok most of the time, I had my share of problems with the device. With the ever-increasing streaming options, frankly I haven't even thought to use Slingbox in ages.

This new hardware is pretty ugly and pricey. Wondering if Slingbox may be going the way of Betamax, CDs, and DVDs?

slu
Oct 10, 2012, 08:29 AM
Their apps for iPhone and iPad aren't showing as updated in the App Store yet. Hope they show up soon. The apps lost the ability to stream in high quality after you update to iOS 6.

Sling Media has been, in my experience, an awful company in terms of customer service. They nickel and dime their customers to death. In addition to releasing new hardware, I think they need to clean house at the company and get some people working there who appreciate their customers who spend hundreds on the hardware and $29 each for both the iPhone and iPad apps.

Yeah - with what we paid for the apps, losing this ability is frankly unacceptable. And it has been weeks.

I like my Pro-HD, but if you have to have a cable box to use the new one, it is worthless to me. They need to have a product with a bulit in tuner. I don't care about using the Slingbox to view content on my TV because my Slingbox is not even hooked up to a TV. It is just hooked up to the network. I certainly won't be updating and it looks like when my Pro-HD finally dies or they stop supporting it with the mobile software, I'll just find another alternative.

EDIT: Just downloaded the new app to my iPhone running iOS 5 and I have HQ streaming back with the Pro-HD. The release notes say it should be fixed for iOS 6 as well, except for with the SOLO. I will try out my iPad running iOS 6 when I get home.

iphoneblack24
Oct 10, 2012, 08:45 AM
3.0 pushed this morning for iOS...HD still disabled for Solo users...SD quality is smoother, less stutter

SteveLV702
Oct 10, 2012, 08:54 AM
Their apps for iPhone and iPad aren't showing as updated in the App Store yet. Hope they show up soon. The apps lost the ability to stream in high quality after you update to iOS 6.

Sling Media has been, in my experience, an awful company in terms of customer service. They nickel and dime their customers to death. In addition to releasing new hardware, I think they need to clean house at the company and get some people working there who appreciate their customers who spend hundreds on the hardware and $29 each for both the iPhone and iPad apps.

Ya still no app update on my end :'(

urbanslaughter
Oct 10, 2012, 09:28 AM
I'm going to post the comment I wish I had read before buying my slingbox and the slingbox app.

These things suck! In my experience they simply didn't work. I was rarely able to get the application to work on my computer. Anytime you change your network (this includes any updates) you have to go in and change things dramatically in your sling box - not a simple task). They charge you for help anytime after 90 days, so forget getting help. The iPad app and the iPhone app (yeah, that's right, it's not universal, you have to buy each one) were $29.99. Apparently they're now half price, but you're still paying a total of $30 bucks to get it to work on both devices. Plus, I never got it to work on my iPad. It was so bad, that I contacted iTunes and thankfully got my money back. Support is a NIGHTMARE. I literally spent hours every week trying to get this product to work - to no avail. I wish I had known all this before buying into this experiment in frustration.

Here's the other thing. The 500 costs about $130 more and only appears to offer you wi-fi and the ability to show your photographs on your tv. An apple TV will show your photographs and do a lot of other things for $99. Do not waste your money.

eekcat
Oct 10, 2012, 09:39 AM
I was about to post a positive comment about how much I liked my Slingbox PRO-HD, but am now irked that:

1) I just had to replace mine under warranty after about 2 months because of some sort of power issue (that they're well aware of).

2) How in the heck do you release an update to an app weeks after the iPhone5 launch without support for the iPhone5's larger screen?! At the snails' space that they release updates, we'll never see an iPhone5 compatible update.

avanpelt
Oct 10, 2012, 11:02 AM
2) How in the heck do you release an update to an app weeks after the iPhone5 launch without support for the iPhone5's larger screen?! At the snails' space that they release updates, we'll never see an iPhone5 compatible update.

I don't doubt that they'll release an update for the iPhone 5 screen at some point; but it wouldn't surprise me if it's a new app that will cost another $29. They'll probably call it SlingPlayer HD for iPhone. That's the type of company we're dealing with here.

InfoTime
Oct 10, 2012, 11:15 AM
Here's the thought process behind the design:

1) Steve Jobs took acid and later on created awesomely designed products.
2) Give our designers acid and see what they can come up with
3) ...
4) Profit!

Gemütlichkeit
Oct 10, 2012, 11:19 AM
Not very esthetically pleasing.

mrr
Oct 10, 2012, 11:28 AM
Wish I did more research before I bought the ProHD. Didn't realize that it would cost me another $30/$60 to get both of the iPhone and iPad apps to go along with it, not to mention the less than stellar performance from those apps.

I also didn't realize the poor customer service and 6 month intervals between app upgrades that often don't take in to account the previous retina display upgrades or new iPhone5 screen size.

I use free apps that are more feature rich and are upgraded more often then these.

Moonlight
Oct 10, 2012, 12:11 PM
I have had 2 slingboxes and loved both of them. They work great. But these look like they are going to try to assimilate me in my sleep. Did the art director of American Horror Story design these shells? Yikes!

Laird Knox
Oct 10, 2012, 12:15 PM
Obviously the

http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2012/10/slingbox_500.jpg

is designed to work with the

http://scitechie.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/P1030058-380x285.jpg

so that you can have hours of fun rolling it back and forth.

aneftp
Oct 10, 2012, 12:56 PM
This is what happens when big companies buy small innovative startup.

Just remember Dish/EchoStar purchased Sling in the fall of 2007.

Obviously sling's products released in 2008 were already well into the testing stage before dish purchased sling.

So the original creators all took the cash from Dish and got lazy and stopped innovating.

Who knows who actually creates these new 2012 sling models.

weing
Oct 10, 2012, 01:05 PM
I expect the debut of these new devices will sunset and eventually brick the older models and their softwares for OSX and iOS. Slingbox was a brilliant idea with a worsened execution with the intro of each new device or software update. Jeez. I can't believe they took the tuner out but since they were bought out by a service provider that makes sense. Well... for them at least!

sjdigital
Oct 10, 2012, 01:53 PM
Yeah, I bought the original Slingbox back in 2007 when it really was the only way to watch home TV when I was working abroad. But as others have said, their business ethics are crap and they've simply been overtaken by better services. I now just use the BBC iPlayer (with a VPN of course) which is a free App instead of the price gouging Sling Media ones.

RemE
Oct 10, 2012, 03:21 PM
Sad, I was a day 1 Slinger and beta tester for many years. They stopped reaching out, guess they found a new team to work with. With no tuner, I guess the ProHD is my 6th and last slingbox for the forseeable future...

And really, no iPhone5 support on a new app update released today? Really Sling?

Medic311
Oct 10, 2012, 10:21 PM
looks like Slingbox is trying to make their product asymmetrical like Boxee

too bad Slingbox absolutely failed at making it have even a trace of appeal

however, at $149 it's $120 cheaper than the current 1080p streaming sling.

an-other
Oct 11, 2012, 11:49 AM
I'm a long time sling user, and have no affiliation to Dish or Sling.

1. I've been very pleased with the Solo.
2. I took advantage of a Best Buy sale to purchase an HD on Monday. I was unaware of the new Products before I made my purchase.

The design of the new boxes doesn't to it for me. It's as if they tried to make them as unattractive as possible. I accept beauty is in they eye of the beholder, but not making a stackable component is an oversight in my view. I think their Dish add-on is quite attractive (although I haven't seen it in person.)

The content blocking through HDMI is real to me. I experience this with Tivo to Go. As much as I want HDMI, the new models would have to be connected otherwise for me to view content. YMMV as this is controlled by your content provider.

I've never used Sling's technical support, but I have helped other people configure their's. I'm no networking expert, but can eventually get things to work. I can see a noob would get lost quickly with things like port-forwarding, etc. I do not have any answers nor claim Sling has their busines model right -- but I can understand why they charge for technical support. I'll add I find it reprehnsible they do this for known hardware failures. As a result of this, I ponied up for the Best Buy extended warranty. Not such a great deal now, but I've had great experience with BB taking my pile of junk and replacing it with no questions asked. I'm not sure it's great customer service. I gather the employees can't be bothered, and take the easy way out.

I've been disappointed in Sling's promises of updates for software. There's always a long lead time with the exception of their initial ipad app.

I was ok paying for my first sling app. It was highly priced relative to other apps, but it was worth it to me. Buying the ipad app was annoying. I use Sling a lot, so I had to make the buy it or cut my nose to spite my face decision.

I did waste time and get steamed at the loss of HD on IOS6. It's reasonable in my view to allow 90 days for them to get it sorted. I can't blame them for my "want it now" expectation. A great company would meet that.

Sling works really well for me, and my lifestyle. I'm slightly annoyed at their app policy, and have some anxiety over other's experience (touch wood.) Nevertheless, it works really well for me. I wish there were more competing products to make this better. I don't think the future bodes well for new competitors as streaming and subscriptions continue to be attractive alternatives.

renai-spirit
Oct 11, 2012, 09:31 PM
aw this box will look neat next to my lava lamp and my pot plantation. oh wait its not the 60s anymore

jeeze and that price, yep ill stick to my ecosystem integrated apple tv

Hey, I have a lava lamp in my lounge room :P

I purchased the now-superseded Slingbox HD only 2 weeks ago. But now that I can watch Japanese television programming from several thousand miles away, I'm not overly fussed about the update, especially if they've taken away the tuner.

I'd rather that the Apple TV had Slingbox functionality, but the WD Live Streaming box at this end is actually not too bad to use.

edit: On the downside, the app policy of purchasing separately for iPhone and iPad is very sucky, not to mention the price of the app.

RemE
Oct 12, 2012, 02:15 AM
I'm OK with the app price, they farm out their coding to India and I suspect this is done piece meal as needed.

The big But however, is when one pays a premium for a good app like Nav or Sling type must haves, it's reasonable to expect timely updates, something Sling seems to fall down on.

rogerbarrett
Oct 12, 2012, 07:46 AM
I need to confirm about it's actual price. Can anyone have the idea.

ian.
Oct 12, 2012, 09:30 AM
I just recently sold my old slingbox and purchased a vulkano lava I'm much happier with it, I can now record shows and watch them on my iPhone offline.

I too have had a Vulkano (Can't remember which one) for about 2 years now and it works great! It's than the Lava I think, so my player on my iPhone was FREE! I think for the newer models the iPhone player is like $12.99.

Had a little trouble setting it up at first, cause with the one I have you had to do some research and become a bit of an IT guy to set ports and stuff like that, but with help from their tech support I was able to get it to work without any problems. The newer models may be easier to set up.

The streaming works great on computers and on my iPhone (as long as I can get a signal from AT&T!), so I've had no problems there. That's mainly what I wanted it for. It also works over WiFi, which the lower version slingbox doesn't do. I added a class 10 memory card so I can use it as a DVR too. That to me, was an added bonus. It works well for the most part, but there are rare times that is records choppy, or it doesn't record at all. Again it doesn't happen often and it could be that I'm using a memory card and not a eSata drive.

Best part of it all... It's cheaper than any of the slingboxes.

avanpelt
Oct 12, 2012, 12:32 PM
The big But however, is when one pays a premium for a good app like Nav or Sling type must haves, it's reasonable to expect timely updates, something Sling seems to fall down on.

Exactly. My biggest beef with the whole loss of HQ streaming after upgrading to iOS 6 is that their developers had all summer to prepare for iOS 6. Clearly, their developers aren't doing much app compatibility testing while iOS is in beta. It seems like the only really begin testing the app on the new version of iOS once it's released to the public. It then takes weeks or months for them to push a release out that's optimized for the new version of iOS. For an app that's $30, that's totally unacceptable.

I also don't know how they can justify releasing a major release since the iPhone 5 came out (version 3.0) that still isn't optimized to take advantage of the iPhone 5's larger screen. It's a big deal for a streaming video application not to have iPhone 5 optimization.

Alucardx03
Oct 12, 2012, 01:17 PM
If anyone is considering purchasing a Slingbox, here's some information I wish I had before purchasing three Pro-HD's for myself and my family…


Don't count on tech support. After a mere 90 days, you have to pay $30 for basic telephone support. They literally won't talk to you until you pony up a credit card.

The updates to mobile apps come at a snail's pace. Before this latest iOS 6 compatible app, they hadn't updated their apps for nearly a year. A year. For a $30 app. To give you an idea of just how bad this is, take the debacle that's been going on for the last two weeks. Though they've had access to developer builds of iOS 6 for months, they obviously didn't bother testing their app. A major "bug" with the new OS made it impossible for users to stream High Quality video to their devices. It took more than two weeks for the bug to get fixed. Meanwhile, mobile users were left out in the cold.

In the past, there have been major issues with hardware failures. The capacitors they use are of low quality. I've had to exchange two of my three boxes in two years.

Don't even consider purchasing a Slingbox for remote viewing if you don't have significant upload speeds. The quality for remote viewing is directly tied to how fast your home network can upload the video. This isn't Sling's fault, but a fault of the technology.

The primary way to watch video from your Slingbox is a service they call "Watch on Slingbox.com." It's basically a plugin for your web browser. Many times in the past, they've had significant downtime. When the service is down, it means you cannot watch your content.

The communication at the company is terrible. Good luck getting any answers.

When the product works as advertised, it's incredible. You've just got to know the downfalls of the product and the company.

burnside
Oct 12, 2012, 01:31 PM
I have a Pro-HD and have had almost no issues with it. Once in a while I may have to restart it, but it may be due to my own network. Other than that, it's been perfect. I would like to comment on some of your points:


Don't count on tech support. After a mere 90 days, you have to pay $30 for basic telephone support. They literally won't talk to you until you pony up a credit card.

Very true, they are money hungry and want your wallet for any question. Hopefully the web community can answer any questions you may have.

The updates to mobile apps come at a snail's pace. Before this latest iOS 6 compatible app, they hadn't updated their apps for nearly a year. A year. For a $30 app. To give you an idea of just how bad this is, take the debacle that's been going on for the last two weeks. Though they've had access to developer builds of iOS 6 for months, they obviously didn't bother testing their app. A major "bug" with the new OS made it impossible for users to stream High Quality video to their devices. It took more than two weeks for the bug to get fixed. Meanwhile, mobile users were left out in the cold.

$30 is a steep price to pay, but if you use it regularly, it's worth it. As far as updates, I don't really know how many updates you need. The app does everything, very clean too. I was surprised that the latest update this past week did not include a stretched interface to fill iPhone 5 screens, but I'm sure they will address that soon.

In the past, there have been major issues with hardware failures. The capacitors they use are of low quality. I've had to exchange two of my three boxes in two years.

Sorry to hear that. I've had no issues with this.

Don't even consider purchasing a Slingbox for remote viewing if you don't have significant upload speeds. The quality for remote viewing is directly tied to how fast your home network can upload the video. This isn't Sling's fault, but a fault of the technology.

That's just common sense. If you don't have a reasonable upload speed, then you can't expect to broadcast a nice HD video stream. I have about a 5Mbps upload rate at home and it does just fine to provide me with HD quality remote viewing abroad.

The primary way to watch video from your Slingbox is a service they call "Watch on Slingbox.com." It's basically a plugin for your web browser. Many times in the past, they've had significant downtime. When the service is down, it means you cannot watch your content.

You can also download their desktop application which pretty which always works. Never had an issue with it.

C5-9
Oct 13, 2012, 11:37 PM
Alot of people out there complain about Slingbox, but the fact is, they are the best in the market hands down. I've been using my Pro-HD for 2 years to watch HD quality Japanese TV here in America on a daily basis. I've only had to reboot the box 2 or 3 times in all that time. Sometimes the network lags but I can't hold that against slingbox...the pipe is what it is. So I've been very pleased with it. Yes, support and communication stinks and they will try to charge you, but did you know there is FREE chat support?

The app is now $15, albeit still too much, but very tempting considering what it does. There are currently some issues with it, so they will be releasing a new version soon (I know some people beta testing it.)

My only concern with this new box is the effective utility of the HDMI input. My understanding is that with HDCP, not much of the content is viewable, but that will remain to be seen. There is also a built-in IR blaster in the new model so theres no need for the funky cables (although they are still included in the accessories).

What would be awesome is if slingmedia worked with apple to get a client on the appletv. That would absolutely rock and make these things fly off shelves.

----------

But now that I can watch Japanese television programming from several thousand miles away, I'm not overly fussed about the update, especially if they've taken away the tuner.


I also sling from japan with a pro-hd. Whats you're setup there?
I use a toshiba d-tr1 digital tuner with NTT fiber. Depending on the time of day I get download speeds from 600K to 2500K here in the states to my web slingplayer or slingcatcher.

neil1980
Oct 14, 2012, 09:02 AM
$30 is a steep price to pay, but if you use it regularly, it's worth it. As far as updates, I don't really know how many updates you need. The app does everything, very clean too. I was surprised that the latest update this past week did not include a stretched interface to fill iPhone 5 screens, but I'm sure they will address that soon.


I disagree...with having spent so much money on hardware for remote viewing they should provide the software for free. To charge £20 for me to be able to use my iPhone is bad enough but to then charge me the same again to use my iPad is a joke.

Love my slingbox but I'd be reluctant to buy another when (not if) this one fails (on my 3rd due to hardware failure)

funnyent
Oct 14, 2012, 03:32 PM
I love my Slingbox Pro HD, but I really do not like how they run the software division of their company. Having to pay (when I bought it) $30 for and iPhone and $30 for an iPad app is ridiculous. I understand charging for software, but at least make it a universal app!

Adambomb13
Oct 14, 2012, 06:19 PM
Just got it setup this morning and I'm loving it, now I have 2 Slingboxes in my household (1 for me, 1 for my family) AV & 500 (wireless)... Major good different on IPhone 5 LTE connectivity ...I love the 500...

tivoboy
Oct 14, 2012, 06:20 PM
Yep, I heard conflicting reports. The review of the two already killed it for me.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/09/slingbox-350--500-review/

I haven't yet had any problems with HDCP, other than SOME HBO content. Odd that it is only some. nothing on any other channels, is problematic with HDMI

VenusianSky
Oct 15, 2012, 10:44 AM
I like what they look like. Like something from the mind of Clive Barker. Not sure what that has to do with a media recording though (unless you record Clive Baker movies) and I am sure not everyone will dig it. However, who really cares what it looks like as long as it does what it is suppose to.

ken2048
Oct 16, 2012, 11:36 AM
I've been a Sling user since the get go. I am also a Dish customer. I have 2 Dish Slingadapters which, frankly, outperform my 2 Solos hands down. At $99 a pop rather than $179 for a Slingbox, it makes better economic sense for me to replace my Solos with Slingadapters.

ken2048
Oct 16, 2012, 01:09 PM
And, WOW, the adapter is now only $50! No brainer.

CausticPuppy
Oct 16, 2012, 07:37 PM
http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2012/10/slingbox_500.jpg



What the.... was this designed by M.C. Escher? This doesn't even look like a shape that can possibly exist.

hamkor04
Oct 16, 2012, 09:12 PM
Who in the hell designed these ugly things? Good lord, I'm almost scared of them.
should be named like Dust-collector 350 and Strewed-box 500

----------

Image (http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2012/10/slingbox_500.jpg)



What the.... was this designed by M.C. Escher? This doesn't even look like a shape that can possibly exist.

i won;t be surprise, if they claim that lifted back as a future. maybe Remote control hider?

an-other
Dec 11, 2012, 12:14 PM
For those following the thread, you may note my purchase of the Pro HD. I purchased it on October right before the new two models.

A lot of bad feedback on the HD Pro. Turns out I was too hopeful, and they were right. My HD Pro is bricked. The Extended Warranty will be utilised!

It's interesting on Amazon the HD Pro has 164 five star reviews and 128 one stars.

Whilst others may have differing experiences, the Pro HD is a one star for me. It will be replaced with a 500.

It's curious the 500 has 18 five star reviews and 10 one star ones on Amazon. The one star reviews range from no slingcatcher or WD support, protecting content and challenging set-up. I don't take the feedback lightly, but at least there are no equipment failures detailed. I'll actually defend sling with the protected content and sling catcher (ok, a good company would go the mile here. No one is saying Sling is a good company!)

My Solo is still rocking. Never had an issue with it.

infobleep
Jan 2, 2013, 06:37 PM
I think my Slingbox has just stopped working. They claim replacing the power supply may work. However it is lighting up, just not the network light.

I hope it's not a capacitor issue because I don't have the confidence to replace the capacitors without damaging it further. It's out of the 1 year warranty but I would argue that it should last longer than 1 year and that if it were the capacitors that failed, they should replace them.

Are their any good alternatives to the Slingbox or is it a case of everything out there is rubbish?

I've had no end of problems trying to get set up a non default port to work with my Slingbox. It worked just once and then within a few months it stopped working. This may be the fault if my O2 Wirelessbox IV router. Both seem to be equally as rubbish at this current time. The only plus point for the Wirelessbo IV router is that it is at least powering up and allowing me to connect to the Internet.

Brian Y
Jan 2, 2013, 06:47 PM
I think my Slingbox has just stopped working. They claim replacing the power supply may work. However it is lighting up, just not the network light.

I hope it's not a capacitor issue because I don't have the confidence to replace the capacitors without damaging it further. It's out of the 1 year warranty but I would argue that it should last longer than 1 year and that if it were the capacitors that failed, they should replace them.

Are their any good alternatives to the Slingbox or is it a case of everything out there is rubbish?

I've had no end of problems trying to get set up a non default port to work with my Slingbox. It worked just once and then within a few months it stopped working. This may be the fault if my O2 Wirelessbox IV router. Both seem to be equally as rubbish at this current time. The only plus point for the Wirelessbo IV router is that it is at least powering up and allowing me to connect to the Internet.

Where did you buy it from? I guess you're in the UK - and if it's a capacitor blown, and you have always used the original PSU, then there's pretty much going to be an inherent fault with it (caps should last more than a year - you can probably work it out by the rating of the blown cap and the max. operating temperature of the slingbox). In this case, you could have a claim under the Sale of Goods Act - but that's with the retailer, not Sling Media.

Also, if you bought it on a credit card (and it was > £100) the CC company are just as liable, and you can aim your SOGA claim at them. For something this price, most CC companies won't bother fighting it - it'll cost them more than that to defend it.

Lil Chillbil
Jan 3, 2013, 09:25 PM
so many things now can stream media I am tired of it

whats next and you going to make a dishwasher that can stream a livefeed of the dishes being cleaned