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Slingbox 500 and Roamio pro? Any reason for both?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by Andrewp75, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. Andrewp75

    Andrewp75 New Member

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    Is there any reason to have both the sling box 500 and the roamio pro?

    Thanks in advance for the insight.
     
  2. jwbelcher

    jwbelcher New Member

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    If you have TWC! (search CCI=0x02) Seriously, if you want unrestricted out-of-home, you'll likely need at least a SB 350. I'm not sure the cost / benefit of the 500 though.
     
  3. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    I have a Slingbox 350 and Stream built into Roamio Pro. Here's my notes so far on advantages of each.

    STREAM ADVANTAGES
    * If you have a very poor connection there is nothing you can do with Sling - it will look really bad or constantly stall making things unwatchable. With the Stream solution you can set it to download for a while to build up a buffer and then start watching and the quality will still be one of the 3 pre-defined quality levels.
    * Again for poor connections the Slingbox 350 can take up to 20 seconds or so to respond to a button press while I'm hearing the iOS app response is pretty close to real time, so trick play is much more seamless compared to Sling.
    * Slingbox requires you take control of the box, so that box can't be used by someone else while Sling is in use. With Stream solution everything happens in the background.
    * With Slingbox you are restricted to whatever box it is connected to. With Stream solution any series 4 or higher unit on the network can be streamed from.
    * No clunky IR blasters needed.

    SLINGBOX ADVANTAGES
    * Gives better video quality vs Stream streaming mode given the same low bandwidth
    * Much higher quality captures possible (1080p H.264 up to 7 Mbps)
    * Does not suffer from encoding issues and A/V sync issues which I have encountered with the Stream.
    * Not restricted by any copy protection nonsense since it's using analog outputs
    * Can be connected to any box that has analog outputs
    * With Slingbox you can capture and save video unencrypted from any analog source
     
  4. jwbelcher

    jwbelcher New Member

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    I have a 350 on my Pro. How do you save your video?
     
  5. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    See Capturing Slingbox 350/500 video thread and kmttg slingbox_capture Wiki.
     
  6. jwbelcher

    jwbelcher New Member

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  7. rainwater

    rainwater Active Member

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    TiVo's streaming feature doesn't support PCs or Macs. And it is limited to iOS devices. The streaming part does not work as well as Slingboxes either. The real benefit is you can save content to your iPad/iPhone (if it is not restricted) to watch later with the TiVo Stream. But if you want to stream on a computer or Android (especially things like live sports), then the Slingbox is the only way to go for now.
     

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