Watch Your TV from Virtually Anywhere – Slingbox

January 30, 2008 by Lisa 

Slingbox by SlingmediaWith a Slingbox, you can really watch your TV from virtually anywhere in the world. Slingbox is a clever device that allows you to watch your home TV— including HD content — and all its programming through the Internet!

With Slingbox you can watch your TV on your cell phone, on your laptop, at work (don’t tell the boss), or on the road. So now you can watch your DVR, digital cable, satellite receiver, or DVD player wherever you see fit. Really, just about anywhere you want. All your favorite shows, news, and sports. If its on your TV, you can watch it anywhere. And it has great video quality – that is Slingbox, the high-tech secret you’ve been waiting for.

Now, Slingbox is not for me. Yes, it’s a clever device for sure but I can’t imagine being somewhere like Rome Italy, amongst the magnificant ruins of yesterday, with a burning desire to watch my home TV or DVD player. But, hey, that’s just me!

Which Slingbox is perfect for you?

  • Slingbox PRO is perfect for you if you need all the multiple sources of video input and optional HD. If not, it may be more than you need and you’ll pay more for all that extra video gear. If you don’t need all those bells and whistles, go for a more simplified version. If you are a hardcore Slinger, then Slingbox PRO is for you!
  • Slingbox SOLO is perfect for you if you want to use just one video input source and optional HD. Keep in mind that the cell phone and PDA viewing software costs extra and there is no built-in wireless networking support. It also monopolizes the device that is attached while viewing. At a lower price Slingmedia Slingbox SOLO is a great device to stream your home TV to various Internet connected devices.

How Does Slingbox Work?

Simple. Slingbox is a small box that connects your cable or satellite set-top box, and then to your home router. Slingbox then takes the incoming TV signal from the set-top box and encodes it on the fly into a Windows Media video stream.

You install some special software on your computer (desktop or laptop) and then you can access that TV stream. You can be in the next room, or another country. It really doesn’t matter with Slingbox.

What do you need? A Slingbox (of course), router, and fast connection at home to upload the video stream. You’ll also need a good Internet connection (300Kbps) to access this stream when you are outside of your home network.

The faster the connection, the better the video picture quality. Slingbox uses a new breakthrough technology called SlingStream, which dynamically adjusts the video quality for a brilliant viewing experience. Many factors are taken into consideration, like your network bandwidth, SlingPlayer device, video content, and video input type.

SlingStream then goes to work automatically adjusting video bit rates, compression levels, frame rates, and other settings to provide you with a quality video viewing experience.

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2 Responses to “Watch Your TV from Virtually Anywhere – Slingbox”

  1. Jim on January 30th, 2008 12:32 pm

    I agree with you on the Rome point. ;-)

    Thanks for the great post. Clear and concise. I really like the fact that I don’t have to go through the whole Slingbox website marketing jargon to get the meat.

  2. Nick on February 2nd, 2008 11:46 am

    I just purchased a Slingbox, and I love it! I travel a lot, and you truly can watch it anywhere in the world where you can pick up internet access. I love the fact that I can turn on my TV three states away and freak everyone in my house out! It can be a pain to set up, I had some problem by myself, but the people they have working are great. I told the guy to go to work and watched my mouse move around my computer screen, go to places I didn’t know exist, and poof it was working within 15 minutes. Some people have said that they can’t run a firewall or anti-virus software with the player… I have no such problem. I had to disable it to install the software and get everything set up, but it worked fine when I reactivated it.

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