Slingbox for Mac Ready?


jsw

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They're not quite updated yet - the requirements still list only Windows (I've posted a direct link to their site next to a copied version; if the left image isn't the same as the right, they've fixed this):



I suspect this implies an announcement very soon, though (again, with a copied version on the right in case they revert to a non-Mac version):

 

e²Studios

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mdntcallr said:
guess this means an announcement real soon

Or it could be like TiVo who has a client albiet not full featured.. Yet they keep promising a new one with togo functionality...
 

jelloshotsrule

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i still don't really get what the slingbox does... is it basically like an eyehome type device that you can play video from your computer on your tv wirelessly? it seems you can watch cable on your computer wirelessly (ie, plug the cable tv line into the slingbox, and that will broadcast to your computer)?

i just can't quite see what the primary uses would be of this thing
 

bagleyb

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Depending on which version of the SlingBox you have, you can either plug cable directly into it, or hook it up to a set top box (Tivo, Satellite, Digital Cable, etc...) and control it from your PC, Mac or Windows Mobile phone.

I use it on my phone to keep up with college football while between games at my daughters soccer tournaments.

If I'm having to work on the weekend, I use my work laptop to keep up with things.

I have an iMac in the kitchen. I was going to get a TV for the kitchen, but now I'll just use my iMac to connect to the SlingBox, now I've got everything I subscribe to on DirecTV available on my iMac, including the ability to watch what's on the DVR.
 

jelloshotsrule

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I think the primary use is to allow viewing of your A/V components while out of the house, as mentioned above, and that the in-house viewing on your computers is a nice plus.
ahhh, gotcha. so it's more like the reverse of eyehome (comp->tv).

definitely cool, though don't have much use for that myself (i'm sure i could find a reason to get it still though. ;))
 

bagleyb

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A lot of people also use it to get programing they can't in their area. I have a friend that just moved to North Carolina, but is a huge Oklahoma State fan. He put a slingbox at his parents house so he could still watch OSU when they were on local TV. He'll rarely get to see an OSU broadcast in NC.
 

bagleyb

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It's great on the LAN. I've got a classic, and A/V and a Pro. On the LAN, it looks as good as my 19" Dell LCD TV on cable or non HD Satellite. Obviously, HD looks better, but I can't tell much of a difference on SD channels when viewing full screen on my 17" iMac G5.

I only have an iMac, so I can't speak to the remote viewing on a Mac. However, on my PC it works very well in a window. You're limited by your upstream Internet connection. I've got a 1Mb upstream connection, and a 7 - 10" window on my Dell Laptop is very watchable. Full screen on my 19" monitor is pretty pixelated.

Everything I've read, remote viewing is better on a Mac, than on a Windows box, provided you have a decent upstream connection.
 

bagleyb

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thanks alot, i just wish someone would set one up, can you record programming on your laptop?

Check your PM's.

A 3rd party company wrote some software to record the streams. They updated the firmware on the boxes though, and that disabled the software.

DVR's are much better at that anyway though. Just hook it up to the DVR, and use the slingbox to control the DVR.
 

Clydefrog

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well, over lan the youtube is pretty darn clear, the eyetv will also be very clear, but the slingbox you can go watch anywhere, but the picture quality decreases alot