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Sling Media SlingTV (Slingbox 500)

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  • Watch and control live TV on a tablet*, phone*, PC, or Mac. *Requires Slingplayer app, available through Apple App Store, Google Play, Amazon Appstore, and Windows Store
  • Easily find programs or quickly locate your favorite shows with the on-screen Gallery
  • Sort by program genre or set up favorites
  • Review live sports scores and statistics -- all on the same big screen
  • Play and schedule DVR recordings
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Technical Details
Brand NameSling Media
Item Weight1.2 pounds
Product Dimensions11.4 x 4.9 x 2.2 inches
Item model numberSB500-100
  
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Best Sellers Rank #251 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableOctober 14, 2012
  
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Product Description

It's On. Get Sling.

SLINGBOX 500 TURNS YOUR TABLET, PHONE OR LAPTOP INTO A TV.

Sling is the only way to take your living room TV experience with you wherever you go. Many companies say they can give you TV Anywhere, but make sure you read fine print – some don't work unless you are on WiFi, while others only have small number of channels when you leave your house. And most of them don't work if you travel internationally.

Only Sling gives you control of all of your channels and all your shows, live or recorded on your DVR, plus On Demand, anywhere there is an Internet connection.

With a Slingbox 500 you can also enjoy your videos and photos on the big screen at home, wirelessly archive your personal media from your phone to a USB hard drive attached to the Slingbox 500, and access, browse and watch movies, videos and photos from your personal media library from anywhere with a PC or Mac, or with SlingPlayer for iPhone. Plus you have access to thousands of movies, as well as international sports and shows.

PRIMETIME IS SOCIAL TIME

Like you, we love being able to sit down and catch up on shows we've missed on Amazon Instant, Netflix or Hulu. But sometimes, shows demand to be watched live – and only Sling gives you all your live TV anywhere, anytime. Final episodes. Award ceremonies. Live reality shows. And if you don't watch it, you'll hear about it on the social networks. Stop worrying about people on Twitter and Facebook spoiling the ending or who won best comedy just because you weren't at home.

Be the one to spoil it for everyone else.

REQUIRED FOR THE SPORTS FAN

Getting live games when you're away from home can be a frustrating experience. Some services give you every game, except for your local team, which, for some reason, is blacked out. Others can show you the game you want on everything EXCEPT your mobile devices.

Keeping track of what you can watch on which device shouldn't be this complicated. With a Slingbox, you know you will be able to watch all of the games on all the channels you subscribe to, on your tablet, phone or laptop – without extra monthly fees.

PUT LIVE TV IN YOUR STREAMING MEDIA DEVICE

You know that having a Slingbox 500 will let you watch your TV anywhere, but did you know you can also watch it on a streaming device hooked up to your big screen TV? Be able to watch your cable or satellite subscription at your vacation home or in that TV in the bedroom or basement. All without extra monthly fees.

Devices supported:

  • Apple TV*
  • Roku*
  • WD TV Live Media Player
  • Sony Internet Player with Google TV
  • Netgear NeoTV

*Requires the purchase of SlingPlayer for iOS or Android devices



MAKE YOUR SECOND SCREEN YOUR FIRST

SlingPlayer for iPad* is now the best way to watch Live TV, anywhere. With a Slingbox 500 at home and the SlingPlayer app on your iPad, you can now easily discover what's on TV. In fact, it might be the best remote control you will ever use at home. You will also know everything about what you're watching, whether it's the name of the leading actress of the movie you're enjoying or how many yards your fantasy quarterback has thrown in the game so far. Real-time scores and stats are available at your fingertips. And with Facebook and Twitter integration you can be the first one to spoil the ending.

  • 500 channels and everything's on – Throw away that remote and stop squinting at the on-screen channel grid. Easily discover what is on right now with the new Gallery interface with recommendations just for you.
  • The complete sports experience – find which channel the game is on and stay up to date with real-time stats.
  • Integration with Twitter and Facebook – Have something profound (or snarky) to share? Be able to do it without leaving SlingPlayer.

*SlingPlayer for iPad is available at an additional cost at the Apple App Store

Don't have an iPad? No problem! We support watching your TV on your phone and other tablets as well. With any SlingPlayer, you can enjoy live or recorded TV over 3G, 4G or WiFi. Flip through channels with the virtual remote control. Pause, fast-forward, rewind and even schedule DVR recordings. Never miss another show or game -- whether you're in the backyard, out to lunch or on the other side of the world.

  • Watch your channel lineup, live.
  • Navigate your program guide and DVR.
  • Remotely control your programming in real time.
  • Watch recorded shows on your DVR.
  • Set up one-click shortcuts to your favorite channels.
  • Take advantage of the high-resolution display on your tablet.

*SlingPlayer for mobile devices is available at an additional cost in the Apple App Store, Google Play, Amazon Appstore and Windows Store.



WHO NEEDS A SLINGBOX 500?

We'd like to think anyone in the world needs a Slingbox 500, but here are some examples of who our customers are and what they're doing with their lives.

  • Sports fans and information junkies. Slingbox grants instant access to live sporting events without blackouts, and time-sensitive breaking national or local news.
  • Frequent travelers or expats. Take your home TV with you anywhere with an Internet connection. No streaming service or app can do that.
  • College students or snowbirds. No need to pay for another cable or satellite subscription where you are. Simply connect to your Slingbox 500 at home from your laptop or mobile device, or use an AppleTV or Roku streamer connected to a TV.
  • Military personnel. Wherever they are deployed, they can stay connected to what's going on at home.
  • Moms and Dads on the go. Wouldn't you rather be watching the game while waiting for piano lessons to be done?
  • Anyone who wants to save a buck. No need for additional set-top boxes. Get TV in more places in and around the home, using gadgets you already own.


WHICH ONE'S RIGHT FOR ME?

Slingbox M1
Slingbox 350
Slingbox 500
Slingbox 500
Watch in up to Full HD at 1080p resolution
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Component/composite IN and pass-through (with shared RCA L/R audio)
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Integrated and external IR emitters
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Ethernet connection
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Remote viewing on multiple screens (phones*, tablets*, PC/Mac, connected devices*)
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No monthly fees
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Built-in WiFi (802.11n)
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HDMI IN and OUT
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USB 2.0 port for a USB-connected storage device
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Video OUT/TV interface (for on-screen TV setup, personal media viewing)
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Use My Media capabilities to watch your movies, videos and photos on your TV, tablet, phone or laptop
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Access to thousands of movies, as well as international sports and channels
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Remote control (including batteries)
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Enhanced SlingPlayer for iPad* with program gallery, social sharing, and sports stats
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Eligible for free SlingTV upgrade**
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*Requires SlingPlayer app, available through Apple App Store, Google Play, Amazon Appstore, and Windows Store

** Slingbox 500 is eligible for a free upgrade to SlingTV via an automatic firmware update when available.



HOW DO I HOOK UP MY SLINGBOX?

  1. Connect the Slingbox 500 to your set-top box or DVR with the included cables.
  2. Connect the Slingbox 500 to your network router.

Follow the instructions on your TV to set up your Slingbox 500. Now you can watch your TV anywhere from your tablet*, phone* or laptop.



WHAT DEVICES CAN I CONNECT?

  • Digital cable set-top box
  • Satellite receiver
  • DVR
  • DVD or Blu-ray Disc player/recorder
  • Video security camera

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Very easy setup.
Tyler D. Schmidt
Unfortunately my cable box will not output to the SlingBox without unplugging the HDMI cable from my TV entirely.
Gregio
I can watch my home TV anywhere I travel using my ipad!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

314 of 351 people found the following review helpful By T. Caradonna on October 16, 2012
I'm a long time slingbox user. I currently keep a SlingBox in Japan, and watch in US on the web slingplayer. I'm really excited about a new product from slingmedia, but I can see the placeshifting community will have a little time to wait until this is a fully functional system (which in my mind includes the remote home theater experience).

Utility of HDMI
This is probably the #1 concern. All the documentation cautions you to use component as a backup because HDCP content will not be allowed on the box. I don't completely fault slingbox for this implementation. I pretty much expected it. It's not a technical challenge as much as it is a legal one. I suspect this is the reason an HDMI product from ANY company has taken so long. That being said, I tested it with most of the channels I get thru my "Extended Digital Cable" package thru Comcast. I received all channels so far(about 70 channels) directly from the HDMI of the Motorola cable set-top box. I can't comment on premium channels because I don't have them. There do seem to be some handshaking issues when I'll get a blank screen to start, fiddle with some inputs, and it will work. I'm not entirely sure about what the specific process is that gets it working, but once it works, it is nice. If I figure it out, I will post it. Component has not had any issues at all (again, as expected). On both HDMI and component, I must say that the picture quality is almost indistinguishable. Another unfortunate drawback to inputs is the lack of a separate digital coaxial audio input that used to exist on the Pro-HD, so if the HDMI doesn't work, you also lose the digital sound.

Getting around protection?
There are no products that I'm aware of that remove the HDCP and go from HDMI to HDMI.
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141 of 163 people found the following review helpful By . on January 18, 2013
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Well I finally decided to order this product even after finding myself unsure and somewhat intimidated by other reviews here, so I just received my slingbox about 20 minutes ago and I'm seriously watching tv on my iPad and iPhone already and i never even opened the instruction booklet that came with it. The quality is just as good as it is on my HD tv at home. I simply connected the hdmi cable that was provided to my tv and the hdmi from my cable box to the slingbox. I then simply followed the onscreen setup and things went as smooth as butter. The onscreen guide automatically updated the software, auto searched for my wireless Internet connection and advised me to hook up both the component and hdmi cables for best results. I did as instructed and the setup asked my cable box manufacturer and model which I entered, it then did a remote control test and connected to my new sling account. After the box self rebooted I opened the sling player app on my iPad and clicked connect and there it was, same thing that was on the tv it was connected to and in full crystal clear HD quality which after reading reviews I was unsure what to expect bc I am real big on the picture quality. I pressed the onscreen button for the remote and it brought up a virtual remote control that was identical to my remote control and all of the functions worked just as if I was sitting in front of the tv. As I said all time till watching tv was about 20 minutes if that long. Everything is working excellent. Definitely would recommend and planning on purchasing another unit for my other cable box so I have twice the options. I never noticed in the specs that this unit was capable of recording directly to your iPad or phone but it does have this option and it works great also.Read more ›
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63 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Evan on November 24, 2012
The slingbox works great IF you understand its limitations (and your cable box / provider). The biggest thing to point out is this 500 box is really designed for a single source due to the audio issues, you can work around it but its true design is for a single hdmi tv and single cable box. The best functionality is had when hdmi is passed strait through (to TV) and component is used for video and audio connections. This allows me to receive all content from directv including my hdcp protected premiums. My old box (Pro-HD) required me to either have the TV on for handshake or unplug the cable when away, neither elegant solutions for my premiums. People that argue the 1080p is irrelevant have a point, 99% of content is 1080i anyways, but what the 500 does add over the Pro-HD is better resolution on the compressed feed. I believe it is double of the HD actually, but I forget the exact specs. I've used both and I was much happier with the picture quality of the 500 over the Pro-HD, especially with color brightness. I had to install the legacy windows player on my pc just to turn the brightness up on my Pro-HD, a nice feature you do lose by going to the 500. On the network side wifi is added but you will need the router in the same room on the 5ghz band to really get the bandwidth you need for full HD. Now this is location based, but the 2.4ghz band just has too much competition for spectrum to get the required network bandwidth in my area. I decided to just keep the Ethernet I had already ran for my Pro-HD. Also keep in mind you will want a good upload (2mbps+, ideally 5+ imo) on your ISP where the box is located and a decent download speed of around 5mbps+, ideally 10+ where you plan to use it.Read more ›
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