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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 Dimensions16.4 x 3.1 x 10 inches
Item model numberSB500-100
  
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Best Sellers Rank #931 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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Connectivity Technology wi-fi ready Wi-Fi Wi-Fi wi-fi ready
Total USB Ports 1 0 1 2
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Model Year 2012 2013 2013 2013
Dimensions 16.38 inches x 3.13 inches 3.5 inches x 3.5 inches 4.72 inches x 4.72 inches 9.7 inches x 16.5 inches
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Sling is the only way to take the shows, games and teams you love with you wherever you go. Watch your TV live, on any device, in any place you like. So whether you are in your house or across the globe, you’ll never miss a game or your favorite show. Get Sling and it’s on.



Make your smart TV smarter.

SlingTV makes your smart TV smarter with a brand new on-screen interface. The new Gallery View replaces your traditional program guide with a fun and easier way to find your shows on your big screen TV. Set up your own favorites and find all the news, shows, movies, or games that are on. Get live sports scores and statistics while watching the game. Experience it your way. Watch shows with friends, view insider show content and receive new show recommendations. Plus you have access to thousands of movies, as well as international sports and channels.



SlingTV is the easy way to take your living room TV experience with you wherever you go. You’ll be able to see each and every channel you have available on your television via SlingTV. It works over WiFi, as well as 3G and 4G cellular networks without restriction when you travel. Even internationally. So, if you can connect to the Internet, you can watch all your channels live on your phone, tablet or laptop. You can even use a streaming device like Roku or AppleTV to watch live TV on a second television. Watch your cable or satellite subscription at your vacation home or on that idle TV in the bedroom or basement. All without extra monthly fees.



Watch your TV. Anywhere.

SlingTV is the easy way to take your living room TV experience with you wherever you go. You’ll be able to see each and every channel you have available on your television via SlingTV. It works over WiFi, as well as 3G and 4G cellular networks without restriction when you travel. Even internationally. So, if you can connect to the Internet, you can watch all your channels live on your phone, tablet or laptop. You can even use a streaming device like Roku or AppleTV to watch live TV on a second television. Watch your cable or satellite subscription at your vacation home or on that idle TV in the bedroom or basement. All without extra monthly fees.



SlingTV.

SlingTV lets you watch your TV live in up to Full HD at 1080p resolution. It connects to your home’s Internet router via WiFi or an Ethernet connection. You connect to your cable or satellite set-top box via HDMI and component cables and the signal passes through to your TV. You can also connect SlingTV to your DVR, DVD, or Blu-ray Disc player/recorder or a video security camera if you choose. Integrated and external IR emitters give you the ability to control these devices remotely.

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 devices). Use My Media capabilities to watch your movies, videos, and photos on your TV. All with no monthly fees.





Perfect for the sports fan.

If you’re a die-hard sports fan who travels, SlingTV is a must-have. The extra channels and coverage you’re already paying for are all available without having to worry about “blackouts” or device restrictions and with no extra monthly fees. Live sports scores and statistics let you track multiple games while you’re watching your favorite team. You also have access to international sports and events that are nearly impossible to access in the U.S.





Promise kept.

When we talk about “watching your TV anywhere” we mean it quite literally. Many TV providers promise “TV anywhere” but they can only deliver a subset of your channels and there are strings attached. And even those channels probably don’t work when you travel internationally. So ditch the myriad of apps and patchwork solutions. Only SlingTV gives you control of all of your channels and all your shows, live or recorded – anywhere.





Compatible with

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

...and other cable and satellite providers.

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Remote viewing on multiple screens (phones*, tablets*, PC/Mac, connected devices*)
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USB 2.0 port for a USB-connected storage device
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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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*Slingplayer for mobile devices is available at an additional cost in the 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.

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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338 of 377 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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166 of 189 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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82 of 96 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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