|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|
Sling Media SlingCatcher SC100-100 Universal Media Player for TV
- 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
- No monthly fees
- Compatible with all Slingbox generations
- Works with Standard Definition and High Definition TVs
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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
- 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
- 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
Top Customer 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. You have to have a computer on your network running a software program called "SlingProjector," which allows you to "project" whatever you can play on your computer onto the SlingCatcher (and your TV.)
I downloaded the SlingProjector software to my laptop (which I operate wirelessly) and to my home computer which sits on my 1Gig network (iMac running Windows because there is no SlingProjector software for the Mac OS yet!) I was able to go to the web from my laptop and stream software which in turn was streamed from my computer to the SlingCatcher and my TV. In order to stream a Hulu or Youtube video, the software lets you capture the portion of the screen where the video is being shown via a "cropping" feature. This works reasonably well, but the resulting quality is not that great. Part of it is a function of the quality of the incoming video, but I think that the fundamental problem is that as you stream the signal twice, you lose quality. In addition to that, you are showing the video on a large screen TV, and that is bound not to look as good as on the computer. So, expectations are high and quality is lower than it could be. Not a good outcome.
I then streamed videos from my home computer on the 1G network, with similar results. Note that in order to do that, you better have the SlingCatcher, your computer and your tv in the same room, otherwise you have to go back and forth all the time. I was watching a video and all of a sudden a computer message popped up right in the middle of the screen, which required going back to the home computer to click on the message.
But the worst part of the SlingProjector was that it did not work in some instances. I wanted to show a PowerPoint presentation on the tv screen, and in order to do that I did not use the "cropping" feature, but I put the SlingProjector in full screen mode. After opening the PowerPoint file, it was not possible to get the thing going from my laptop to the SlingCatcher. I managed to see a screen, but then the whole thing would freeze and I could not make it work even after restarting and resetting the box. After a while I gave up.
The second feature is the ability to connect to a SlingBox and watch on a TV what you would until now watch on your computer. That feature seems to work, though I found the menu system quite cumbersome. The quality also did not seem that great. I would have thought that having two hardware boxes talking to each other would allow Sling to optimize protocols and provide high quality and speed. Not so. Perhaps you can get better results with the HD box, which I do not have (it would have been the next purchase probably.)
Finally I thought I would get good results with the third, "slam dunk" feature, "Watch Video from your PC." Note that even this description is misleading. Watching video from your PC means implementing the Sling version of "Sneakernet" -- copy your files on a USB stick from your computer and walk it over and plug the stick into the SlingCatcher. But much to my surprise, this did not work at all. I tried both a USB stick with a few files, and then attaching a 500GB USB external hard disk full of media files. In the first case it found nothing, in the second case it told me that the files were unreadable. So much for the slam dunk feature.
So, I am disappointed at two levels. First, because the product is buggy and does not work as advertised. I knew what I was buying, because I have been reading about this for almost two years and despite the misleading descriptions, I knew enough not to be surprised. Even so, however, the product just does not work!
At another level, I am very disappointed in Sling. This was a huge opportunity to corner the market as the "media center" device of choice. For $300, why didn't the company include a web browser, so that I could go on the web directly and stream video from there as opposed to having to do it twice, with the additional inconvenience of having to use a computer in the middle? Was that not possible, given that the product is 2 years late and they charge $300? How much more would that cost? Some additional memory maybe?
Second, what's the deal with Sneakernet? Have we gone back 20 years? If you can read from a USB device (which you can't even make work) can't you allow me to read from devices on my network? I have several computers on the network as well as a NAS. My Playstation allows me to browse all these devices, retrieve and stream videos in HD, retrieve pictures and music and play it at high quality and flawlessly on my TV. If you can do it from a USB device, why can't you do it off the network? Even if it requires people to upgrade to a 1Gigabit network for HD video, it is still better than not having the feature at all.
In conclusion, I am very disappointed. The SingCatcher is under-featured and overpriced. Most importantly, it is a buggy product, which is incredible for something that's been in the works for over two years.
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). NOTE: it plays every video file I have thrown at it: AVI, XVID, MPEG etc I have never had a video file not play on the SlingCatcher.
Lastly you can "Project" your computer screen to the SlingCatcher. I agree with the other reviewers in some respects that quality and hassles here are far worse than the other features of the SlingCatcher. However most people that are using a SlingCatcher are pretty technologically savy and therefore should know how to "save" all internet video to a file and then watch it using a hard drive directly connected to the SlingCatcher. Therefore you can use the Projector only for PowerPoint Presentations etc which work flawlessly on the SlingCatcher.
NOTE: one other benefit is that if you have parents living abroad who want to use SlingBox but hate the computer, this is a perfect thing for them. Once you have it set up they just have to learn how to use a new remote which is pretty simple with the simple SlingCatcher Remote. My parents now have since they also live abroad and also absolutely love it!
ALSO NOTE: a lot of the bad reviews that were written here were written before many of the firmware updates that are available now had been made available. SlingCatcher makes updating easy: as soon as you connect it to the internet it lets you know that there are updates available and then installs them for you. Do this and I can guarantee that if you use it for one or all of the above uses you will absolutely love this device!
BUY IT IF YOU NEED IT!!