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  • Watch and control 100% of your live TV on a tablet*, phone*, PC, or Mac. *Requires Slingplayer for mobile devices app, sold separately.
  • Home TV interface via HDMI with live sports and Gallery View for easy program discovery.
  • Sort by program genre or set up favorites.
  • Integrated YouTube app and YouTube Web Gallery with top-trending videos.
  • Get contextual YouTube recommendations, based on the show you're watching, at the touch of a button.
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Turn your new high-resolution tablet or smartphone into a TV. The elegant Slingbox 500 delivers stunning picture quality, full HD at 1080p. New, simplified on-screen setup, HDMI and Wi-Fi network connectivity makes it easy to get started.

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Brand NameSling Media
Item Weight1.2 pounds
Product Dimensions16.4 x 3.1 x 10 inches
Item model numberSB500-100
Color NameBlack
  
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ASINB009FU8BR0
Best Sellers Rank #1,055 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First AvailableOctober 14, 2012
  
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Have cable or satellite? You need a Slingbox.

Take the shows, games, and teams you love with you, wherever you go. Whether you are in another room or across the globe, you can be sure that your shows are on. Only Slingbox delivers 100% of the TV you already pay for—to your phone, tablet, or laptop anywhere in the world, with no monthly fees.

In addition, the Slingbox 500 has an attractive and intuitive on-screen interface for your home TV. The TV Gallery replaces your traditional program guide with a fun and easier way to find your shows on your big screen TV—you can set up your favorite channels and see trending shows based on Twitter. Experience it your way.

Perfect for the sports fan

If you’re a die-hard sports fan who travels, the Slingbox 500 is a must-have. The extra channels and coverage you’re already paying for are all available without having to worry about “blackouts”, device restrictions, or extra monthly fees.

Plus, the Sports Gallery features all the games that are on at any given time, including live scores and statistics to let you track multiple games while you’re watching your favorite team.

Integrated apps

You’ll see new show recommendations and Rotten Tomatoes movie ratings. Plus you have access to thousands of movies with the Blockbuster On Demand app.

Slingbox 500 also features an integrated YouTube Web Gallery, contextual YouTube video recommendations, and a stand-alone YouTube app.

Works with all cable and satellite providers:

  • AT&T U-verse
  • Bright House Networks
  • Cablevision Systems
  • Charter Communications
  • Comcast XFINITY
  • Cox Communications
  • DIRECTV
  • Dish Network
  • Time Warner
  • Verizon FiOS

How many LIVE channels do you get outside your home?

Many companies promise “TV anywhere” but they only deliver a subset of your channels. So ditch the myriad of apps and patchwork solutions. Only Slingbox gives you control of all of your channels and shows, live or recorded, from one app.

Slingbox has no restrictions

When we say “watch your TV anywhere” we mean it, literally. As long as you have a network connection, you can access your TV via Slingbox, even internationally. No matter where you travel, you can watch your favorite shows, games, and local news—LIVE.

What “Big Cable” isn’t telling you

“Big Cable” is only able to deliver a fraction of what Slingbox provides. Only Slingbox delivers 100% of the channels that you already pay for, to you anywhere in the world, on any device.

Slingbox 500

Watch every channel from your television, on any device like your phone, tablet, or laptop—LIVE. It works over WiFi as well as 3G and 4G cellular networks without restrictions. It even works internationally.

And now Slingbox 500 makes your home TV viewing experience even more enjoyable with an on-screen TV Gallery for easy program discovery, integrated YouTube channels, and live sports scores and statistics.

Delivered to all your devices

Setup is simple and once you’re done, you’ll be able to view your TV remotely from a whole host of devices (phones*, tablets*, PC/Mac, streaming boxes*) using our Slingplayer app. All with no monthly fees.

*Requires Slingplayer for mobile devices app, sold separately.

Works with your streamer

If you have a Slingbox, you can pair a streaming box like Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, or Roku with a second television and watch your home TV, live or recorded—whether you're in another room, in your hotel suite, or in your vacation home.

Slingbox M1 Slingbox 500
Watch and control live TV on a tablet*, phone*, PC, or Mac
View and manage DVR recordings
Watch on a second TV anywhere via Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, or Roku*
Component and composite in/out
Connect via WiFi or Ethernet
Home TV interface via HDMI with live sports stats and gallery view for easy program discovery
Access to thousands of movies with the Blockbuster On Demand app
Integrated YouTube app and YouTube Web Gallery with top-trending videos
Get contextual YouTube video recommendations, based on the show you’re watching
Enhanced Slingplayer for iPad with program gallery, social sharing, and live sports stats

Read about our customers' top-rated streaming media players on our Streaming Media Player Reviews page.

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Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Joe D. on March 25, 2015
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Slingbox has decided to inject flashing ads on 1/3 of the desktop ap without anyway of removing or opting out. Having paid for the device and payng for my cable now I'm forced to endure to watch a flashing ad and smaller signal from my home. Will be throwing slingbox in trash and buying different product.
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Alan R. on March 24, 2015
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As you will see from all recent reviews Sling have added adverts to the player software thereby ruining the viewing experience. Until these are removed I cannot recommend this product.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Amazon rules on March 27, 2015
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I was about to buy a sling box but why would I pay 200-300 to have them put a bunch if ads on my tv? It's too bad, sounds like everyone that owns a sling box really got hosed. They are even writing articles about how bad it is. Just search "zatznotfunny" and slingbox-ads.
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396 of 444 people found the following review helpful By Tech Geek Reviews on October 16, 2012
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UPDATE 3/27/2015
Slingbox now with Ads
I don't usually put updates on the top of my reviews, but this one fundamentally changes the viewing experience for a great portion of the slingbox community. Since this month (March 2015), Slingbox decided to push banner ads to users of both Slingplayer for Web and Desktop Slingplayer (These are the free viewers that probably 99% of people use). The introduction of ads has been a great shock to the user base, especially those who have been using the product ads free for years until now. Ads appear when first starting up (similar to other services such as YouTube) giving you an option to skip after a few seconds of viewing, then in normal screen mode(i.e. not full screen mode), ads appear on the bottom of the screen and change the new layout of the screen such that the actual viewing screen size is smaller. In full screen mode, the ads are not present. (See my pictures posted below) While the new ads are universally disliked, they are clearly implemented to enhance the Slingbox revenue stream and their addition has met quantum levels of dissatisfaction (See all new 1 star reviews on Amazon). I personally also found the ads highly distasteful and the management decision to add them regrettable. This is an unfortunate move by Slingbox and your individual level of comfort with this will be tested. Although I would add that this change makes an easy target for competitors to differentiate themselves.

Please note this applies to ALL Slingbox models. There are several situation where there may be no other alternative to Slingbox (competition is currently non-existent). For these cases you should consider the cheaper Slingbox M1 version ahead of the Slingbox 500/SlingTV.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on March 20, 2015
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Sling just added ads all over Slingplayer Desktop. No warning and no way to turn them off. Now you have to look at these BIG bright ads that are irrelevant while trying to playback TV from your Slingbox. I would have never bought one if I knew they would do this!

BTW, Sling is notes for removing any negative feedback from their community website. This is a heavy handed company that does not like criticism!
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By DavidN on March 21, 2015
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Product now includes banner ads in the player app taking up valuable real estate. Don't but this if you want to watch your cable on your desktop. The mobile apps seems fine
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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Scott on March 28, 2015
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The player software is now ad-infested. You have to view an ad before you an watch, and while watching occasionally an ad pops up. Horrible, completely ruins the viewing experience.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By John Krehnovi on March 23, 2015
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The picture quality is ok. You can get HD if you can figure out how to use HDMI and get around the HDCP protection and if you get your upload speeds to 2mbps or higher. Most cable companies seem to start upload speeds at 1mbps. Even at 2mbps, I still can't get the higher 2 quality settings to work but the "better" level is good and fairly crisp. But as far as picture, it is clear for most shows and is only blurry during high paced shows like sports.

If you buy this, you will have to watch ads before you can watch tv. I don't think that is listed in the description anywhere but plan on waiting about 15-20 seconds after your decision to watch tv. Then as you are watching, there are ads above the tv portion when in small screen mode and when the remote is on the display in full screen mode. If you watch in full screen mode, there will be no ads. I was using this for 4 months and tolerated some of the nonsense that comes along with this product and was kind of happy because this is a useful product. Then the product forced me to update my plugin and now I am furious. Here are my current problems....
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