just got a slingbox and its awesome !

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by tivoknucklehead, Jan 5, 2006.

  1. Jan 5, 2006 #1 of 117
    tivoknucklehead

    tivoknucklehead Well-Known Member

    1,382
    225
    Dec 12, 2002
    Orlando Florida

    Advertisements

    this gadget lets you control your TV and Tivo or DVR from any computer in the world with broadband access. all you need is a home network and the Tivo/ TV able to be connected to the router via ethernet (or a slinglink described in post 49 lets you have the Tivo and router in different rooms). It works very well and picture quality was surprisingly good. The TV screen pops up on the right hand side of the screen and a virtual Tivo remote pops up on the left side. you mouse click the remote to control your Tivo. There is virtually no delay either. you can do anything on your Tivo as if you were home, including schedule shows, transfer shows, view photos, listen to Mp3s (all assuming of course you have home media option)

    check it out at http://www.slingmedia.com/

    named entertainment product of the year by PC magazine in the Jan 06 issue
     
  2. Jan 5, 2006 #2 of 117
    W Auggie H

    W Auggie H Tivo Enthusiast

    364
    0
    Oct 11, 2001
    Atlanta,...
    Welcome to the club! I got mine this summer and I also think it is a great product. Would be real cool if my TiVo boxes had the Sling technology built-in. Hummmmm. Anyway, Sure beats TiVoToGo.
     
  3. Jan 5, 2006 #3 of 117
    nhaigh

    nhaigh Member

    984
    0
    Jul 16, 2001
    Lawrencevill...
    Cool. Great toy isn't it. I use mine daily.
     
  4. Jan 5, 2006 #4 of 117
    Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    12,805
    205
    Jun 12, 2004
    Fishers, IN
    Now, for Mac support...
     
  5. Jan 5, 2006 #5 of 117
    nhaigh

    nhaigh Member

    984
    0
    Jul 16, 2001
    Lawrencevill...

    Advertisements

    Don't need it :) Windows Mobile support please.....
     
  6. Jan 5, 2006 #6 of 117
    danieljanderson

    danieljanderson Proud to preach TiVo

    511
    0
    Nov 18, 2002
    What is the process you use to log into your unit?
    Do you need a static IP or or a DNS service?
    Or, do they do it kind of like GOTOMYPC, where an app is alway running on your PC?
     
  7. Jan 5, 2006 #7 of 117
    nhaigh

    nhaigh Member

    984
    0
    Jul 16, 2001
    Lawrencevill...

    Slingmedia have a "Finder" service that keeps track of it. No fixed IP or DDNS required. You just need to know the devices finder id and password.
     
  8. Jan 5, 2006 #8 of 117
    Stanley Rohner

    Stanley Rohner New Member

    4,721
    0
    Jan 18, 2004
    oklahoma
    Don't hold your breath.
     
  9. Jan 5, 2006 #9 of 117
    adavidw

    adavidw Member

    69
    1
    Feb 23, 2000
    Tucson, AZ
  10. Jan 5, 2006 #10 of 117
    nhaigh

    nhaigh Member

    984
    0
    Jul 16, 2001
    Lawrencevill...
    Nice. I saw it a short while ago on Regis and Kelley. I've signed up for the Beta but havene't heard anything.

    Must have :)
     
  11. Jan 5, 2006 #11 of 117
    Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    12,805
    205
    Jun 12, 2004
    Fishers, IN
    ...I've learned from TiVo :( but, on the other hand, the slingbox Web site does say "Macintosh-compatible versions in the coming months."
     
  12. Jan 5, 2006 #12 of 117
    davezatz

    davezatz Funkadelic

    4,690
    212
    Apr 18, 2002
    Fairfax, VA
    Let me add two points here... One, the Sling folks are pretty cool dudes. Second thing, they were pretty vague this AM when I asked about the pricing mention in the press release - based on that I'm guessing either the software will have a fee or it will be subscription based. Hmmm. Like TiVo's iPod/PSP support, they still have time to change their minds and give it away - that's my vote!

    Let me add a third thing... Blake K. specifically told me a few months ago they know how to build Mac support and fully intend to. No telling when it will show up or if it's actively being developed at the moment, but they seem to recognize and value the Mac community.
     
  13. Jan 5, 2006 #13 of 117
    bubba1972

    bubba1972 Member

    200
    1
    Mar 28, 2005
    I don't understand where Mac support comes into this. The slingbox runs all by itself dumping the video out through your home network. Is there a client piece required to actually view the stream on another computer (where Mac isn't supported) or is a web browser enough?
     
  14. Jan 5, 2006 #14 of 117
    davezatz

    davezatz Funkadelic

    4,690
    212
    Apr 18, 2002
    Fairfax, VA
    The Sling Box does more than just output the video to a network... it's two-way, interactive. You can control your AV device remotely (the box itself has an IR blaster). Also it is not web-based, it's a client app for that two-way functionality and for their proprietary video streaming technology.
     
  15. Jan 5, 2006 #15 of 117
    tivoknucklehead

    tivoknucklehead Well-Known Member

    1,382
    225
    Dec 12, 2002
    Orlando Florida
    the slingbox enables you to watch TV on your laptop, say in a Wi-fi enabled airport waiting area, or to watch your recorded shows in your hotel room. Soon airplanes will all have Wi-fi, so you will be able to watch TV on a cross country flight ala JetBlue, only better, because you will have all your home channels and recordings. Throw in Tivo scheduling on Yahoo.com or Tivo Central online and you should never miss a show again
     
  16. Jan 5, 2006 #16 of 117
    timckelley

    timckelley run of the mill TCFer

    31,665
    1,237
    Oct 15, 2002
    Brushy...
    So I wonder how much this costs.
     
  17. Jan 5, 2006 #17 of 117
    Tivogre

    Tivogre Well-Known Member

    1,542
    176
    Jul 12, 2002
    Springfield, VA
    The box costs about $199. No service fees /subscriptions.

    I got one for x-mas; it IS awesome.

    Been using it nightly this week from hotel via wireless internet.

    WAY better than the hotel TV offerings.

    I was really surprised by the quality.

    Best of all, got to watch my home Hockey team from WAY out of market!
     
  18. Jan 6, 2006 #18 of 117
    chuckwny

    chuckwny New Member

    33
    0
    Nov 19, 2001
    Brooklyn, NY
    I was just wondering, is it possible to hook a stereo up to the Slingbox so I can placeshift AM radio and listen at work?
     
  19. Jan 6, 2006 #19 of 117
    nhaigh

    nhaigh Member

    984
    0
    Jul 16, 2001
    Lawrencevill...
    You can if the radio can be controled with an IT remote, or if you just want to capture one frequency.
     
  20. Jan 6, 2006 #20 of 117
    netposer

    netposer New Member

    278
    0
    Jul 23, 2004
    NC
    I use Orb and it will stream your TiVo shows (TiVo2Go), photos, tunes, etc.. All you need is a video capture card to watch live TV.
     

Share This Page

spam firewall

Advertisements