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Sling Media SlingCatcher SC100-100 Universal Media Player for TV

3.7 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews

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  • Universal media player for your TV
  • Easy operate with remote control
  • Compatible with all Slingbox generations
  • No monthly fees
  • Works with Standard Definition and High Definition TVs
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Product Description

Product Description

The Slingbox lets you put your TV shows onto the Internet so you can watch them anywhere. The Slingcatcher does the opposite: it hooks up to your TV and lets you watch digital content from your Slingbox, your computer, or from the Internet.

From the Manufacturer

From the Manufacturer Sling Media released a software update on October 28, 2008 for SlingCatcher that fixes some critical video streaming quality issues from both Slingbox and SlingProjector. All new customers setting up a SlingCatcher on 10/28/08 or later will receive the new software as part of their first time setup process. Existing customers may download the software update over the Internet directly to their SlingCatcher by going to the Settings menu and selecting Software Update.

SlingProjector users should have a high-performance PC for the best experience. Minimum requirements are a 1.6 Ghz Intel Core Due or 3.0 GHz Pentium IV/Pentium M CPU with Windows XP or Vista 32-bit.  64-bit Windows Vista is not currently supported. The MAC OS is also not currently supported. As with any video or CPU intensive application, virtual operating systems such as Fusion and Parallels are not recommended.

Watch Your Digital Media on Your TV

The SlingCatcher is a universal media player for your TV. SlingCatcher's on-screen interface and remote control provide easy access to TV from your Slingbox, Internet video from your PC, or personal media from your USB hard drive. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the digital age on your TV screen.


TV from your Slingbox
Access your Slingbox on another TV in your house or anywhere in the world.

Internet video from your PC
If you can watch a video on your PC, you can use SlingProjector to project it wirelessly to your TV.

Personal media from your USB hard drive
Attach USB storage to SlingCatcher and view your favorite media files on your TV.


  Access Your Slingbox on Another TV

Simulated TiVo interface shown here - Slingbox works with over 5,000 devices.

The SlingCatcher allows you to access any device connected to your Slingbox* on another TV in your home or even a TV in another location.

DVRs are great, and anyone who has ever used one can't go back to the old way of watching TV. But if you have multiple TVs in your house, your DVR content is usually stuck on one of them. The solution? Hook up a Slingbox to the DVR and a SlingCatcher to another TV. Instantly you can watch and control your DVR and all its programming from that TV too--with no additional monthly fees.

Going away to college can be tough. You leave your family, friends, and local sports teams behind. With a SlingCatcher in your dorm room, you can connect to your Slingbox at home, and it's just like having a really, really long cable. You can hijack your parents' TV or watch shows and games together--virtually, of course.

* HD Streaming from a Slingbox ProHD is not supported at this time.


Project Internet Video from Your PC to Your TV

SlingProjector software for 32-bit Windows XP and Vista* lets you select any window on your PC to project full screen onto your TV. This is ideal for watching an ever increasing amount of Internet video content on your TV instead of a laptop screen. Clips from YouTube or Hulu, full episodes from CBS.com or NBC.com, even streaming feature length movies from NetFlix can all be projected to your big screen, so you can sit back on the couch and enjoy. SlingProjector works with most web sites and video players.** Check out a few of these examples:

Everyone knows YouTube. Whether you find the millions of hours of user-generated video funny, disgusting, educational, or a good way to veg out on a Sunday afternoon, now you can easily share your favorite moments with family and friends on your big screen TV rather than hunkered around a tiny laptop.

Hulu is a popular video Web site with lots of clips, full-length TV episodes, and movies. Using SlingProjector, simply select the video frame and watch away!

If you have a NetFlix account, you already know you can stream thousands of full-length TV shows and movies to your computer. That's great if you're a lonely guy living in a 6' x 6' box. But if you want to watch a show or movie with your family, you probably want to sit back on the couch with a bowl of popcorn. Now you can. And you never have to wait for your DVDs to arrive in the mail.

* 64-bit Windows XP/Vista and Macintosh support not currently available. SlingProjector is not supported when run in a virtual environment like Parallels, VMware or Microsoft Virtual PC.

** Projection of HD-DVD and Blu-ray video from a PC to SlingCatcher is not supported. For more info, visit our support site for details


Watch Your Personal Media on Your TV


Watch Home Movies from Your USB Hard Drive

If you have kids, you probably have lots of video tapes full of great moments, and you just haven't gotten around to compiling and burning DVDs so you can share with the rest of the family. Now you can store those movies on a portable USB hard drive. Just plug it into the SlingCatcher, and you have instant access to your entire video library -- to share with friends and family.

Watch Podcasts from Your USB Hard Drive
Video podcasts let you keep up with the latest on every imaginable or niche topic. From comedy to news to personal health, you can subscribe to podcasts 'til your hard drive is overflowing. The problem, of course, is that you have to watch them on your tiny phone or small computer screen. With SlingCatcher, just plug in your USB drive or memory stick filled with podcasts, and you can sit back on the couch and watch to your heart's content.

To get started with SlingCatcher, you’ll need at least the following:
  • A television (standard definition or high definition)
  • A broadband Internet connection (DSL/Cable modem)
  • A home network

Watch TV From Your Slingbox

  • Access live or recorded video from any device connected to your Slingbox.
  • Currently supported streaming resolutions vary from 320x240 to 640x480, depending on network connections and Slingbox in use.

Watch Internet Video From Your PC
Using the free SlingProjector software, display any region from your PC screen on your TV (up to 1024x768 based on PC performance)
System and network requirements:
  • High performance PC required for best results
  • Virtualized PCs such as Parallels, VMware or Microsoft Virtual PC are not supported
  • Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows XP with SP2
  • (64-bit Windows Vista and 64-bit Windows XP not currently supported)
  • 1.6 GHz+ Intel Core Duo or 3.0 GHz+ Pentium IV/Pentium M CPU
  • 1 GB RAM for Windows Vista and 512 MB for Windows XP
  • Display resolution of 1024 x 768   
  • 50 MB available disk space for installation
  • SlingProjector requires a consistent 5 Mbps wired/wireless network connection in your house between your PC, router, and SlingCatcher

Watch Personal Media From Your USB Hard Drive
Requires optional USB 2.0 hard disk drive or USB 2.0 flash memory stick accessory (all sold separately)
Supported media formats:
  • Video: WMV, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, Xvid
  • Audio: MP2, MP3, WMA, AAC, AC3
  • File formats: .avi, .vob, .ifo, .ps, .ts, .mpg, .wmv, .asf, .mov, .mp4,.m4v, .mp3, .wma, .mp4a, .m4a, .wav
  • For more information on supported file formats and other My Media specifications, visit slingmedia.com
  • Coming soon: a file conversion and media management application for Windows XP/Vista PCs

System Requirements
  • A television that supports any of the following: 480i (NTSC), 576i (PAL/SECAM), 480p*, 576p*, 720p*, or 1080i* (Note: SlingCatcher supports Standard Definition streaming from any Slingbox regardless of input video format)
  • A broadband Internet connection (DSL/Cable modem)
  • A home network that supports consistent 5 Mbps wired/wireless connection between your PC, router, and SlingCatcher
* Requires component or HDMI cable purchased separately  

 Box Contents
  • 1 SlingCatcher set-top box
  • 1 AC adapter (100-240V, 50-60 Hz)
  • 1 Ethernet cable
  • 1 Composite AV cable
  • 1 Remote control with 2 AAA batteries
  • 1 User guide

Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Name Sling Media
Item Weight 3.6 pounds
Product Dimensions 11.4 x 4.3 x 9.1 inches
Item model number SC100-100

Additional Information

Customer Reviews
3.7 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #100,383 in Home Theater (See top 100)
#1,857 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Networking Products > Streaming Media Players
#20,109 in Electronics > Televisions & Video
Shipping Weight 3.8 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First Available September 11, 2007

Warranty & Support

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This is an amazing piece of technology if you use it for the things it is meant to do. Those "things" are as follows: (1) Sling (place shift) your TV from one location to another; (2) Watch video from an external source (external hard drive or thumb drive etc); and (3) view your computer screen on your TV connected to your SlingCatcher.

If you have been using your slingBox for what it is meant to do--- sling your TV this device will revolutionize how you watch you slingbox. I live outside the United States and have used my SlingBox everywhere I have lived (Africa, Europe, and Asia). Before buying the SlingCatcher i had to either (1) watch my home TV on my computer or (2) go through the hassel of connecting my computer to the VGA port on my TV and attach an audio cable to the TV. This was cumbersome and time consuming.

Now with the SlingCatcher all i have to do is leave the SlingCatcher Connected to my TV (now in Asia) and watch my live TV in the US any time right on my main TV. Absolutely amazing because how many people want to sit at their computer to watch a basketball game etc? With my 2MB upload connection at my house in the States and a similar connection in Asia the picture is good enough to watch any fast moving sporting event EVEN ON A 50" PLASMA! Even when my connection in Asia goes down to 500kbs the TV is still watchable!

The second great thing about the SlingCatcher is watching Videos you have on a hard drive directly on the SlingCatcher w/o a computer! This is awesome for those of you who download a lot of videos from the internet and want to watch them on your TV (again no more connecting your computer to the TV now you just plug in the USB cable into the back of the SlingCatcher).
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I have been waiting for this product for 22 months, having seen the announcement and demo at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronic Show in January 2007. I have long been a fan of Sling Media and have used its products for close to three years. I have also recommended them to many friends and colleagues. I am a technologist and a "gadget freak" and seldom return products. Even less frequently I write reviews.

I received the SlingCatcher yesterday, after pre-ordering it on Amazon, and I could not have imagined, 24 hours ago, that I would now be packing it to return it. In a word, this product is a disaster. It is expensive for the features it offers (I paid $299 at Amazon, and I note that the product is already discounted two days later) and it is poorly implemented.

The installation was the only positive part of the experience. It was very simple to install (even simpler than a Slingbox) and recognized the network immediately. I have a wired, 1 Gigabit network available at the right location. The SlingCatcher does not have WiFi. The only peculiarity is that it took several minutes to download a software upgrade. Given that I have one of the first units to come off the boat, I wonder how many bugs were discovered during the trip from China to the USA. I should say that I did not experience any of the installation problems mentioned by other users.

The SlingCatcher lets you do three things (according to what's written on the box): watch video from the Internet; watch video from a Slingbox; and watch video from a PC. But be careful about making assumptions about what these descriptions mean!

Watch video from the Internet -- while you might think that this feature would allow you to browse the web and stream videos from it, it is not quite so.
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feels like i waited 2+ years for the slingcatcher. happy to have it in hand. no regrets. has worked flawlessly thus far for my application.

i pre-ordered @ amazon, and have now set it up in california to catch signal from a slingbox pro in asia and another slingbox pro within california.

-> as other reviewers have noted, no mac os support (yet?) for using your computer as a signal source.

-> picture quality is good. other reviewers complaining about picture quality may not have adjusted the "resolution" settings within the menus, i.e. you have the option of specifying the "hoped-for" resolution from your slingbox. my slingcatcher by default set this resolution to a lower quality setting. for now (after i switched the resolution to the higher setting) i feel that the picture quality is essentially on par with the average picture quality i have achieved using the pc and mac os software clients.
-> the learning remote: comes with a basic learning remote (for TV on/off, input select etc.). nice touch.

-> wish it were cheaper: $199 or less would be ideal. or add some local, on-board DVR (tivo-like) functionality (fine if you require we add an external HD) and i will gladly pay the $289.

overall, two thumbs earnestly up.

five stars if pricing is revisited (as above) and for incremental UI improvements (current UI is good, not great. granted, it's a difficult challenge. steal what you can from mac os). others: show your support to ensure good tech like this keeps coming.

*** 090329 UPDATE **
as of march 29th, 2009 the price has dropped to $160ish.

haven't seen any software updates that have drastically improved the product.
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