- Brand Name: Sling Media
- Model Number: SB100-100
- Form Factor: External
- Connectivity Technology: Wired
- Networking Feature: Digital video broadcasting
Sling Media Slingbox Classic
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- Absolutely zero subscription fees
- Powered by a digital signal processor; Leverages the latest WMV technologies
- SlingRemote lets you change channels, view recorded content, fast-forward and set up a season pass with virtually any A/V device
- Easy to use and set up, with no new cables required, automatic device discovery
- Easy to use and set up, with no new cables required, automatic device discovery,
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From the Manufacturer
That’s because back home, you have a Slingbox sitting on top of your television. The simple silver device looks suspiciously like a gigantic chocolate bar, but the technology inside is truly sweet. This award-winning gadget is a breakthrough device that enables you to watch and control your living room television programming from anywhere by turning any Internet-connected laptop or PC into a personal television.
Yes, It Really Works
With a wave of a virtual magic wand, the Slingbox place-shifts the television signal from an antenna, cable box, satellite receiver, DVR, and more to your PC via the Internet, whether you're at home or 3,000 miles away. Thanks to the Slingbox, you can enjoy your home TV programming wherever you are: the office, a hotel room, your garden, even the bathroom--anywhere there is an Internet connection. You even get full control over the source, from changing channels and viewing recorded content to fast-forwarding or setting up a season pass. You truly can watch and control your television anytime, anywhere--the power is in your hands.
With a resizable window mode, full-screen mode, and the Slingbar, the SlingPlayer lets you watch your television however you want.
Our solution to viewing your own TV while on the road involves two pieces of technology. In addition to the Slingbox hardware which always remains connected to your television source, we provide you with the SlingPlayer--which is installed on any Windows-based desktop or laptop. This software program gives you 100% control over your source. It encompasses several innovative technologies, including our SlingStream optimization algorithms that automatically give you the best picture possible. You can watch your TV in full-screen or windowed mode. There’s also the Slingbar mode, which docks the SlingPlayer on either side of the desktop. Your desktop will dynamically resize to fit the remaining screen space, so you can watch TV while using your computer for other functions such as surfing the Web or working on a presentation.
We're Scared of Wires, Too
The Slingbox is designed to fit seamlessly into your existing home theater setup and your PC technologies. We support literally thousands of devices, so whatever you’ve got, we’re sure the Slingbox can handle it. Better yet, installing it is a piece of cake. We won’t make you rewire the entire house, wait around for someone all morning, or purchase extra required pieces. The Setup Wizard automatically discovers and configures the Slingbox for the device that it is connected to, and it walks you through the process step by step. In just four simple steps, the Slingbox is good to go.
It’s easy to connect to your Slingbox. With the free Slingbox Directory service, you can see a list of all Slingboxes on your network, and whether they’re available or in use already. Scroll down the list and select yours, then hit connect.
- Connect the TV source to the Slingbox.
- Connect the Slingbox to the Internet.
- Plug in the Slingbox power adapter.
- Load the SlingPlayer software onto your PC.
SlingMobile: Sling on the Move
In addition to watching your Slingbox via any Internet-connected PC, you can now also utilize select Smartphones and Windows Mobile products to connect to your Sling, making it possible to watch your favorite shows from airports, inside taxis, during road trips, and just about anywhere else you can get your mobile phone signal. The optional software is available on www.slingmedia.com for download.
It’s My TV
Sling Media believes in giving you what is yours. This means that in addition to giving you your television wherever you go, the Slingbox lets you personalize the viewing experience. We have developed numerous remote control skins that look just like your real remote control. You can fine-tune the volume, brightness, contrast, hue, and other video signal settings to perfection. The Favorites Bar gives you one-click access to all of your favorite stations. You can even use any picture from your computer’s hard drive as the channel’s icon.
We believe that watching your TV is about, well, you. That’s why your remote control is your own, your favorite channels are your own, and your video signal is just the way you like it.
What’s in It for Me?
When you buy a Slingbox, you don’t need to buy another computer just to watch it. There is no monthly, yearly, or hourly subscription fee. There are no contracts to fill out or services to sign up for. That means you don’t have to feel guilty about watching TV all the time now. (Well, unless you want your significant other to still love you.)
Talk Nerdy to Me
The Slingbox is powered by a high-performance digital signal processor from Texas Instruments and leverages Microsoft’s latest Windows Media Video technologies to provide superior video quality. Plus, our engineering dudes developed the SlingStream optimization algorithms that automatically adapt to changing network conditions. This means that we can give you the best video quality consistently, personalized to your connection. Our variety of S-Video, coax, and composite RCA inputs allows you to hook up basically anything you want to the Slingbox and sling that signal around the world. Right now, the software works with Microsoft Windows Vista/2000/XP/MCE and Mac computers, as well as select handheld devices.
Top Customer Reviews
The quality is top-notch! I thought it might be pixelated, jerky, or buggy - but it isn't. It flows and runs like a regular TV. It just feels like you're watching TV.
Let me also mention all of the features that it has:
* You can watch TV with a full screen and either have the remote on the screen, or not.
* You can hit a button and it will automatically dock to one side of the screen and re-adjust the size of your other windows. And then, you can even fine tune and adjust the size of that window.
* If you just want it to be on your screen and not be docked, you can do that and adjust that screen size as well.
* You can also create a list of favorite channel icons, so all you do is click onto your favorite channel's icon. If the icon doesn't exist - you can create your own!
* It also works with channels like HBO On Demand and with TiVo as well (however, I don't have TiVo).
* If your workplace has a firewall, you can access your home computer using your home computer's IP Address.
This product is HIGHLY recommended!
Larry worked with me personally in setting up my new unit to make sure things went right. After the initial set up I still had a few viewing issues. Larry and his team worked with me on the issues only to find out these issues were due to my router. To make a long story short I replaced my linksys router with a Netgear 624A. My entire network seems to be working much better and the slingbox is GREAT!!!!
I cant say enough how wonderful Blake/Larry and their team was! Without the email from Blake I can honestly say that I would not have a slingbox today or in the future. The people running the company are terrific and have completely changed the way I look at their product! I strongly recommend the product to anyone! The technology is amazing! I cant wait to the summer to sit outside on my deck, get some sun and watch the NY Mets play some baseball!!
Thank you Blake and Larry!! You and your team are great!
Another feature of this product is that it can be used as an internet based remote control. I have one in my mother's senior home apartment. It enables me to view her apartment, view her electronics, and send remote control signals to her electronics whenever she gets stumped. I'm sure there are many other ways to apply this unique technology.
SlingMedia is an exceptional company. The initial release of this product brought rave reviews -- uncommon for release 1.0. They did not rest. Since then, they have released new versions which further enhanced the SlingBox.
I'm impressed with the concept, the technology, the product, the execution, the installation, the enhancements, the updatability, the reliability, the quality of the support, the people from top to bottom. The staff members are very active on avsforum.com. Great attitudes.
While Tivo enabled me to watch TV when I wanted, this product allows me to watch TV where it was otherwise impossible.
This may be the best consumer electronic product of 2005.
Update 15 Nov 2005: Wow, it happened! Time Magazine named it one of the "Best Inventions 2005" in November 21st 2005 issue.
Update 9 Jan 2006: Won PCMag 2005 Technical Excellence Award\
I'm in no way affilated with SlingMedia. I'm just a SlingBox fan boy.
For instance, last fall I downloaded an upgrade to the Slingbox software. The client software hung my XP box during installation, leaving the Slingbox unusable. After many fruitless attempts to get help from Sling, I reset the Slingbox and reinstalled the old software.
This summer there was yet another upgrade. Same deal. After endless waits on the phone I again gave up and took their advice to file a help ticket on their website which promised that a tech assist person would contact me. A week later, as before, the only help I got was a boilerplate email containing irrelevant information which already existed on their web site. There was no information about what to do if their installation software hangs. Responding to that email simply generated another robot email that a tech assist person would contact me. Ad nauseum.