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Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by irregularjoe, Mar 25, 2006.

  1. Mr Pieces

    Mr Pieces TiVo Junkie

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    I just installed the SlingMedia Mobile player on my Sprint PPC 6600 phone and it worked PERFECT the first try! Nice and clean audio/video from my DSR6000. This was a huge bonus for me. I bought the Slingbox to watch my TiVo on my Lappy when out of town. Now I can watch TV on my phone while waiting at the car wash. How cool is that!

    Brian
     
  2. barnes2000

    barnes2000 New Member

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    Even if my DirecTV w/ TiVo is a dual receiver? I thought that if I run the Sling through one tuner that someone else can watch the other tuner, no?

    I've always wanted to know how my dual TiVo tuner works. I have two tuners, but I can only watch one at a time? No picture in a picture? No Sling on one and Living Room on the other? Why is this?

    Scott
     
  3. milliepuppy

    milliepuppy New Member

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    no .. you can receive 2 channels at the same time .. you can only watch one thing at a time.
     
  4. gtadell

    gtadell New Member

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    Question regarding using the SB with HR-250.
    Do you have to turn down the output resolution to 480 to use this unit with your SB? I can recall having to do this to record something to a DVD recorder using composite connections.
     
  5. dswallow

    dswallow Save the Moderatоr TCF Club

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    Yes, you have to switch it down to 480i, so you need to keep the 480i option available via the up-button on the remote so you can use the remote via SlingBox to get a picture, otherwise you'll just have audio.
     
  6. Cabinwood

    Cabinwood Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    I'm out of town for the week and my DMA is switching today so DirecTV is switching me from the Chattanooga locals to the Atlanta locals. When I got back to the hotel this evening, I turned on Slingbox and noticed my R10 was hung up on a blue screen. I hit the guide button and got it and noticed there were only a couple Atlanta stations listed. I went in and re-did guided setup through the Slingbox and now I have all the Atlanta channels, got my season passes (for tonight at least) scheduled and all is well :D
     
  7. jtoeman

    jtoeman Team Sling Media

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    Carl,

    Do you have three different Slingboxes? It is a bit odd that you'd get different results. Can you confirm that with each Slingbox you went through the same setup steps for AV configuration?

    Best,
    Jeremy
     
  8. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    The TiVo only has one video output channel, so no.
    Bothe tuners concurrently stream to the HDD, but there is only one video decoder, so only one A/V stream from the HDD can be viewed at once. Since Slingbox and your TV connect to the one decoder (with an active video splitter in the DVR), they will see the same thing.
     
  9. tbeckner

    tbeckner TiVo Fan

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    The reason for the different results is that the R15's are NOT TiVo, and the R10 is a TiVo and with the last version of the SlingPlayer, SlingMedia (Slingbox) eliminated the List button and couple of other buttons from the TiVo Peanut remote, which now makes using the TiVo remote control somewhat of a pain. And since SlingMedia (Slingbox) changed the base configuration of their remote control software with this last version, so nobody can modify their remote control configuration.

    I wish SlingMedia (Slingbox) would either fix the TiVo peanut remote control or give us the capability to modify the remote control configuration. I bought my Slingbox with the thought in mind that I could either correct the problems with the remote control using the JP1 software, or get access to an older version of the SlingPlayer where the TiVo remote control had all of the buttons, but the JP1 remote control configuration software no longer works with the current version and SlingMedia will not allow you access to an older working version of the SlingPlayer.

    So, how about SlingMedia? Can you guys allow us access to an older working version of the SlingPlayer where the TiVo remote control was complete, or how about giving us the capability of defining our own remotes like the older versions of the SlingPlayer allowed?

    Additional Thought:

    The reason I bought into TiVo six years ago, was because it was hackable, and in fact I believe that is one of the reasons that TiVo won out over ReplayTV. I bought the Slingbox for somewhat the same reason over the Sony LocationFree solution, but it appears with the last release SlingMedia is locking down the software. Live and Learn. I'll use my Slingbox and not complain, but I will likely now buy a Sony LocationFree kit from Costco to compare the differences.
     
  10. SeattleCarl

    SeattleCarl New Member

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    Two slingboxes. One has an R15 on the S-video input, the other one has an R10 on the composite input. I have other equipment on the other inputs (in-house rf video distribution which includes rf modulated security cameras, etc.).

    The problem exists with the Tivo peanute remote that Sling has provided in the latest player software. As tbeckner noted, Sling needs to fix this. It has been reported at length, and in depth, on the sling community website.

    Carl
     
  11. dswallow

    dswallow Save the Moderatоr TCF Club

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    I've generally felt Sling ignores everything in the IR related forums. I figure they're really probably somewhat overwhelmed because in general there does seem to be a certain openness about the company online -- so for now I've not worried too much about it. Though in my limited attempts to get an IR issue resolved, I've been ignored over there too.

    The IR device database is filled with a bunch of crap though -- barely anything descriptive; lots of duplicates; no explanation of differences with similarly named things; incomplete stuff; it's a shame someone can't clean it up -- especially the TiVo related items. It's not like there's that many variations; and there's certainly some tech knowledge available to them around here.
     
  12. Morris Herman

    Morris Herman Mac user since 84!

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    I have joined the Sling bandwagon. I ordered my unit and will get it next week. I am planning to connect it to the HD Tivo and because of the HD Tivo single RCA audio output, I need to route the audio from the HDTivo to the Slingbox and then route the Slingbox audio outputs to my TV inputs.

    I have a wireless network at home and I use Airport as my router. I administer the router through my Mac which is connected to the network wirelessly. I bought the WGE111 adapter to use with the Slingbox next to my HD Tivo.

    I am using a PC laptop with the Sling Player application that also has a wireless USB adapter and connects just fine with my Mac administered network at home. I am looking forward to watching on the laptop my HDTivo recordings or live channels on the road.

    Doug, any warnings or advice to a new Slingbox user?
     
  13. dswallow

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    None that come to mind. The whole process was pretty simple. Just get it registered before 4/26 so you get a free license for their mobile player. ;)

    I'm surprised you have no digital audio connection on your HDTV; that'd free up your use of the HR10-250's analog audio outputs for the Slingbox.
     
  14. Morris Herman

    Morris Herman Mac user since 84!

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    I use the digital audio to my AVR but I only use the AVR for those programs that support Dolby 5.1. I use the RCA analog audio for all other viewing.

    Is there a downside to routing the audio through the Slingbox?

    I am getting my box on the 26th; I will register it that day, although I cannot see myself using a PDA like my Compaq unit to watch TV.
     
  15. dswallow

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    I don't really know of a downside to routing audio through the unit, except the usual "any additional processing of an analog signal can only degrade it further" -- not that audio would probably matter much.
     
  16. Morris Herman

    Morris Herman Mac user since 84!

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    Hi Doug,

    I got my Slingbox and successfully installed for my Cox Tivo and my DirecTV HDTivo and was able to watch everything on my PC laptop within my network. However, I could not set up remote access.

    I contacted tech support at SlingMedia and he was not helpful. After trying lots of stuff, he told me the Slingbox works well and it must be a problem with my Airport network. After I hung up, I got an idea to power off one of my two airports, the repeater one and lo and behold, I was able to set remote access successfully. I will test my remote access tomorrow at work but I would like to restore my network to its original configuration and still run the Slingbox externally.

    I don't know if you can help me but do you know anyone that can help me use the Slingbox with a repeater airport in the network?

    BTW, I am really impressed with the use of the Tivo remote for my two Tivo boxes. It is almost like magic, to control the Tivos from a peanut on the laptop.
     
  17. dswallow

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    I'm really not familiar with Airport equipment, but the basic requirement is for the configured port to be accessible from the internet at some IP address; if you can confirm that your equipment is set up to permit incoming connections to that port all should be OK. Perhaps the repeater device somehow puts another layer of NAT that isn't passing the needed port correctly.

    Now I've not used the Finder method of accessing my system; I have static IP's and I've just mapped ports on one of my IPs to the Slingbox's private IP addresses.
     
  18. Morris Herman

    Morris Herman Mac user since 84!

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    I powered down the repeater airport, was able to set-up remote access with no problems.

    I tried it in the lobby of the hotel and it did not work but when I called Slingmedia and gave them my Finder ID and password, they were able to access my Slingbox at a 500K rate with no problems.

    I then powered back up my repeater Airport and things are still working. I guess once things are setup with a simple network, the Slingbox works within a sohisticated Airport network.

    Now I have to try it again in a hotel lobby.
     
  19. Morris Herman

    Morris Herman Mac user since 84!

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    I just used my Slingbox for the first time in a DoubleTree hotel in Tucson. The bit rate was very low (40-200 kbps) and erratic with lots of video and audio dropouts. I had to call tech support for the hotel internet provider. They proceeded to block out some ports and things did improve so I could get bit rates in the high 300 and up to 400 kbps. The rate really improved after 11:00 PM.

    Two questions: 1. Will I have to do this every time I am in a hotel on the road? 2. How can I tell where the bottleneck is, my ISP at home or the Hotel's ISP?
     
  20. gworkman

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