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Old 11-11-2013, 08:45 PM   #1
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Tivo Stream vs. Slingbox 350 out of home video quality

Tivo Stream vs. Slingbox 350 out of home video quality

Which has better video quality on a comparable LTE connection?

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Old 11-12-2013, 12:00 AM   #2
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Cannot do TiVo on LTE, yet.

I do not have slingbox, but the TiVo on a mediocre wifi signal is pretty good. I can see artifacts, but very watchable.
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Old 11-12-2013, 07:58 AM   #3
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Slingbox 350 by leaps and bounds. I would imagine that their years of experience with adaptive streaming tech are at play here.

The remote navigation "lag" on slingbox can be a bit annoying, but does not significantly detract from the viewing experience.
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:25 AM   #4
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Especially for low bandwidth conditions, the Slingbox does a MUCH better job. I just tried that out first hand yesterday. See this post:
http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...01#post9890301

However, the Stream solution has the advantage that you can download and let it buffer for a few minutes and then start watching. In that case you can get good picture quality and instant control response. However the problem is that OOH downloads currently pause every few minutes and have to be re-started for some annoying reason. If TiVo fixes that problem then I'd be happy with OOH solution compared to Slingbox and laggy control problem.

Also note that for in home use the Slingbox can output 1080p video vs the 720p for Stream solution, and of course control lags are much less within home compared to out.

So I'd say in general if you can afford to have both then you get to enjoy the advantages of each.
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:28 AM   #5
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Slingbox 350 by leaps and bounds. I would imagine that their years of experience with adaptive streaming tech are at play here.

The remote navigation "lag" on slingbox can be a bit annoying, but does not significantly detract from the viewing experience.
I figured this to be the case.

I was planning on buying either a Stream or Slingbox 350 to use with my iPad which will be connected to my personal hotspot on my iPhone 5.

Since the Stream is now only $70 at Best Buy, I was wondering if it could equal the $150 Slingbox 350.

I plan on streaming live sports such as football for the most part.

Will the Stream work through a tethered connection?
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:53 AM   #6
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I figured this to be the case.

I was planning on buying either a Stream or Slingbox 350 to use with my iPad which will be connected to my personal hotspot on my iPhone 5.

Since the Stream is now only $70 at Best Buy, I was wondering if it could equal the $150 Slingbox 350.

I plan on streaming live sports such as football for the most part.

Will the Stream work through a tethered connection?
Yes, since your iPad will be connected to a wifi connection (which OOH streaming currently requires). For live sports though, I would go with the Slingbox unless you know for a fact that your desired sports channels are not restricted by the CCI bit nonsense. If your provider locks down these channels, you would not be able to view them OOH on a Tivo Stream.
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:31 AM   #7
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Yes, since your iPad will be connected to a wifi connection (which OOH streaming currently requires). For live sports though, I would go with the Slingbox unless you know for a fact that your desired sports channels are not restricted by the CCI bit nonsense. If your provider locks down these channels, you would not be able to view them OOH on a Tivo Stream.
I wonder if the NFL Network is affected. I may buy both and audition them and return what I don't like, although it sounds pretty likely I'll be returning the Stream.

Stream is much cheaper though- $70 vs. $150 for Slingbox 350 + $15 iPad app
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:45 AM   #8
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I wonder if the NFL Network is affected. I may buy both and audition them and return what I don't like, although it sounds pretty likely I'll be returning the Stream.

Stream is much cheaper though- $70 vs. $150 for Slingbox 350 + $15 iPad app
I have both currently (well, an integrated stream in my Roamio Plus) and find myself using the Slingbox more for OOH streaming. I am on Cablevision, and most channels except for broadcast networks and a few basic cable channels have that copy protection flag.

Not sure what phone you have, but if it's an Android you should also consider that the Slingbox supports that platform while the TiVo Stream currently does not (expected in 2014). I am not a fan of the $15 apps for devices and that they are not universal, but at least you can view your Slingbox-connected device on a laptop or desktop. The Stream does not allow for PC/Mac streaming at this time either.
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Old 11-12-2013, 10:12 AM   #9
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I was looking at the sling box but I saw some posts that if you use ONLY HDMI cables for your connections there might be issues?

Is that correct?
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I was looking at the sling box but I saw some posts that if you use ONLY HDMI cables for your connections there might be issues?

Is that correct?
HDMI input to Sling only works when HDCP is not used, so basically is useless for Slingbox. However, using component as input has no restrictions and works great, so I would recommend a 350 if you are looking at buying a new Slingbox.
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Can the Stream use HDMI?
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Can the Stream use HDMI?
The Stream captures the digital bits associated with recordings over network, not the video outputs from the TiVo, so uses neither HDMI or component. For OOH Stream is prohibited from streaming or downloading copy protected content.
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Old 11-12-2013, 12:38 PM   #13
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I just bought both from a local Best Buy and will be installing and field testing them this evening.

I'll report back the results.
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Old 11-12-2013, 01:40 PM   #14
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:42 PM   #15
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I tried for about an hour to activate my new Stream and I never could get it to work before I had to leave my house again.

Plus when I checked the software version, it was not the OOO version mentioned earlier in this thread. I wonder how long until I can get the 'good' software?

In-home streaming - negative
Out of home streaming - negative

I'm 0 for 2.

On the plus side, my new Slingbox 350 is working perfectly with a perfect picture on an iPad 3.

I have 15 days to return this to Best Buy. I really want this to work, but somehow I don't think it will ever work as well as this Slingbox from what I have gathered from reading all the issues on this forum.
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:39 PM   #16
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I was looking at the sling box but I saw some posts that if you use ONLY HDMI cables for your connections there might be issues?
If you are a cable TV subscriber HDCP will be on on many or all channels, making Sling not work via HDMI, but if you use OTA it will not be on any channels and connecting TiVo via HDMI will work, as it does for me with a Roamio basic.

Netflix will not work, neither will downloaded files from Amazon.
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I have both currently (well, an integrated stream in my Roamio Plus) and find myself using the Slingbox more for OOH streaming. I am on Cablevision, and most channels except for broadcast networks and a few basic cable channels have that copy protection flag.

Not sure what phone you have, but if it's an Android you should also consider that the Slingbox supports that platform while the TiVo Stream currently does not (expected in 2014). I am not a fan of the $15 apps for devices and that they are not universal, but at least you can view your Slingbox-connected device on a laptop or desktop. The Stream does not allow for PC/Mac streaming at this time either.
Be glad it's only $15. When I purchased the app I think I had to pay $30 for it.
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Old 11-14-2013, 10:57 AM   #18
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If you are a cable TV subscriber HDCP will be on on many or all channels, making Sling not work via HDMI, but if you use OTA it will not be on any channels and connecting TiVo via HDMI will work, as it does for me with a Roamio basic.

Netflix will not work, neither will downloaded files from Amazon.
Use component or composite output from the Roamio to the Slingbox, and this complication is non-existent.
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Old 11-14-2013, 12:10 PM   #19
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Use component or composite output from the Roamio to the Slingbox, and this complication is non-existent.
Bayern, I am curious as to why you would have both a Stream and a Slingbox?

I ask, because I have both currently and find that the Slingbox is superior. Even the in-home streaming is slightly better on the Sling. As mentioned, the only negative is the sluggish controls on the Sling.

One caveat though, I haven't been able to test the a Stream OOH yet since I have not yet received the software update.
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Bayern, I am curious as to why you would have both a Stream and a Slingbox?

I ask, because I have both currently and find that the Slingbox is superior. Even the in-home streaming is slightly better on the Sling. As mentioned, the only negative is the sluggish controls on the Sling.

One caveat though, I haven't been able to test the a Stream OOH yet since I have not yet received the software update.
I have a stream integrated in my Roamio Plus, and find it easier to use for in-home streaming since I get to use the TiVo app on my iOS devices and not deal with remote lag. I do not have to purchase an additional app for viewing on my iPad which is a plus.

The Slingbox 350 is primarily hooked up for when I will be away for a while and wish to use OOH streaming. I am grandfathered into unlimited Verizon LTE data so I only purchased the Sling Player app for my iPhone.
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Old 12-13-2013, 01:41 PM   #21
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Stream v. Slingbox 350

So, I just tested both and can say hands-down the Slingbox (350) is light-years ahead of the Stream. In fact, the Stream is not even usuable outside the home.

Here's my setup and results:
Home internet: 30 Mbps down / 5 Mbps up
Test site speeds: 5 Mbps down, 7 Mbps down, and 30 Mbps down
Tivo Premier + Stream
Tivo Premier + Slingbox 350

With the Stream, I could not even watch when viewing outside the home due to poor viewing quality, regardless of the testing site. All I could ever get was 2 bars on their video quality which was quite unwatchable. Viewing live TV was cumbersome due to the need to "record" everything. Moreover, half of all the shows I wanted to watch were not available due to transfer restrictions.

With the Slingbox, I can receive HD quality at all of the testing sites. It really is great quality. Interface is great owing to the fact they natively integrate the Tivo remote in a couple of different ways ... including seeing on your screen the full Tivo remote so you can navigate virtually anywhere. Did not need the IR blaster since it controls it over the network (which is great). I should add the Slingbox ipad app had some pauses and issues, so I need to try it a few more times and see if that is true always.

All in all, I returned my Stream ($90 from Fry's) and kept the Slingbox 350 ($148 from Fry's). IMHO, Tivo has a LONG way to go to reach the quality and ease of use of the Slingbox, not withstanding the copywrite protection issues of many shows.
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Old 12-13-2013, 01:48 PM   #22
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Tivo Stream vs. Slingbox 350 out of home video quality Which has better video quality on a comparable LTE connection? Please comment.
Can barely do wifi either in my experience

I bought a Tivo Roamio Plus recently to get the stream feature but I was so disappointed with it , many of times not connecting at all to my home network , I bought a slingbox 350 and am very happy with it . LTE streaming is a lot better then I thought it would be .

I have a wired 100/20 Mbps connection at home for both the Tivo and Slingbox
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Yeah, the Stream is terrible. Even when using in-home. As mentioned previously, viewing live TV was cumbersome due to the need to "record" everything. The picture frequently freezes in the middle of watching a program. Then you have to exit out of the app, force kill it, restart it, and go back and find the program. Ridiculous. Especially when I am on a 30mbps wifi pipe. Even worse, even when using in-home, the app frequently has problems connecting to the stream and then you have to set everything up through it again to make it work.

I gave up and returned my Stream just today after auditioning it for over a month (holiday return period). It wasn't even worth the clearance price of $70 for me.

The Slingbox 350, although cumbersome with its controls, is just a much, much better solution all around, even if it does tie up your TV.

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Old 12-13-2013, 03:46 PM   #24
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I don't have that much trouble with the Stream in home. Although it does occasionally lock up and then I have to wait for 2 minutes while it reboots. Have not had a chance to use OOH yet, but I'm hoping that by the time I do need it (in April when I go to NAB) they'll have all the bugs worked out.

I had a Slingbox for a while, but it eventually dies due to capacitor rot, my biggest complaint about it was that even in home the controls were basically unusable. There was so much lag between what you see on screen and what's actually happening on the TiVo getting past commercials was a serious chore. Video quality was great though, and even when you were on a really crappy hotel wifi it worked. (not great quality, but OK considering)
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Both in house and OOH it works GREAT! With the exception of this locking issue...

Last evening I watched one show and it worked fine front to end, second show, it stopped and wouldn't restart for a few minutes. Sometimes you have to run setup again...

Same thing OOH, but if it pushes you back to setup, you are stuck. You cannot reestablish the connection until you are back on your home network. It almost seems like the stream itself is resetting.

If they get this instability figured out, this is going to be a fantastic tool.
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That's exactly what's happening. The standalone Stream did the same thing on occasion. Although it's seemed to have gotten worse since the update after iOS7.
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Old 12-13-2013, 06:23 PM   #27
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I have one thing to suggest to Tivo . Hire a Slingbox or Monsoon multimedia engineer to get the Tivo Stream to work properly .

Right now it's laughably bad . If I had a thousand dollars to spend on streaming devices id buy Slingboxes not Tivo Streams

Trust my judgement !
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I have one thing to suggest to Tivo . Hire a Slingbox or Monsoon multimedia engineer to get the Tivo Stream to work properly .

Right now it's laughably bad . If I had a thousand dollars to spend on streaming devices id buy Slingboxes not Tivo Streams

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I have 1 of each and each has their advantages, so I use both. I like to use the Stream in DOWNLOAD mode for out of home viewing and that works pretty well for me - good quality and instant controls. Just have to let the download buffer for a while before watching. Watching that way is better than Slingbox with very laggy remote control response. Problem is watching is limited to my iPad only vs with Slingbox there are many clients available, including web browser for my laptop. Still, for iPad viewing I actually prefer the Stream solution to Slingbox (for DOWNLOAD mode, not STREAM mode).
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Old 12-16-2013, 06:11 PM   #29
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Bayern, I am curious as to why you would have both a Stream and a Slingbox?

I ask, because I have both currently and find that the Slingbox is superior. Even the in-home streaming is slightly better on the Sling. As mentioned, the only negative is the sluggish controls on the Sling.

One caveat though, I haven't been able to test the a Stream OOH yet since I have not yet received the software update.

I will answer from my perspective also, as someone who has both the Stream and the Slingbox 500.

I had the Stream well before the implementation of OOH streaming and download, but it served the purpose at the time of streamlining (pun intended) the download of already recorded shows to my iPad, primarily to watch while on airplanes.

I purchased the Slingbox prior to OOH streaming/download on the Stream. I had gotten by to watch shows I missed while on the road by using things like HBO Go or the network's web site. Once I started traveling overseas, though, I found that I had zero chance of catching the shows live and I was getting blocked from the web sites to watch because of my location. Slingbox was a perfect solution to not only access live TV from home, recorded shows almost instantly, but also Netflix and Hulu that would otherwise be blocked on my PC or iPAD in the country I was in at the time. Stream/Roamio alone would not solve the Netflix/Hulu aspect of this equation.

I did go overseas (India) for the first time last week, since OOH was enabled for my Stream, and loved the ability to stream or download a show.

The difference for me on watching a recorded show using Stream OOH or Slingbox is whether or not I need to download it to watch it offline (Stream), and whether or not it has (or how many) commercials given the controls and lag issues on the Slingbox. The Slingbox is definitely more forgiving of network issues, something I'm more likely to have to deal with in a hotel.

Also, at times I've hooked up my MacBook to the hotel TV via HDMI and watched via Slingbox. I don't have an equivalent option for my iPad, and even though I know connections exist, reviews for those are horrendous on iOS 7.
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I noticed the 350 only has component inputs. Is that how you all have it hooked up to your TiVo?

I used too own the original Slingbox Pro years ago - actually still do somewhere - but I abandoned it a while back. I thought about the 350, but didn't like that it doesn't have HDMI input. The 500 seems a bit pricey.
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