SlingBox is way cool for DirecTV

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by etavadia, Oct 3, 2005.

  1. Oct 3, 2005 #21 of 255
    DevilishTX

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    Does the SlingBox allow you to completely control a Dtivo? So, could I setup recordings with my laptop from the office?
     
  2. Oct 3, 2005 #22 of 255
    etavadia

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    Yes, like you're at home...
     
  3. Oct 3, 2005 #23 of 255
    TonyD79

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    Wow! Amazed that these guys haven't been sued yet.
     
  4. Oct 3, 2005 #24 of 255
    ebonovic

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    Actually... with the exception of the SCIFI Friday lineup, I don't duplicate that many programs accross the 5 DTivos. 2 of them are in the main room (one HD and on SD...), then one up in the bedroom, one in a guest room (that is the duplicate for SCIFI Friday) then the other in the basement.

    They all record very different recordings based on their location....

    I am going to keep my eye on the Slingbox... I enjoy technology, and certainly have the infrastructure in the house to take advantage of it...
     
  5. Oct 4, 2005 #25 of 255
    Fofer

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    And just why would they be sued? :confused:
     
  6. Oct 4, 2005 #26 of 255
    tarrkid

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    Well, doesn't this qualify as rebroadcasting the content?
     
  7. Oct 4, 2005 #27 of 255
    daperlman

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    Damn you people! I want one.
     
  8. Oct 4, 2005 #28 of 255
    The Flush

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    If you have already hacked your Dtivos and have enabled MRV, why would you need more than one Slingbox? Couldn't you watch a recording from any of your 5 tivos through the one tivo to which the slingbox is attached?
     
  9. Oct 4, 2005 #29 of 255
    etavadia

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    It'll be a matter of time before they get sued and put to bed. That's the #%^@ problem with the FCC today. They'll look at the worst case senario. Image a neighboor becoming a broadcaster for his neighboors or a college dorm sharing one device amongst an entire floor or dorm. Granted you would all have to watch the same show. I guess you could time slice it and give to people like time shares. LOL.

    Check it out on Ebay as well. I've seen them go for around $150 in some instances.

    Later,
    ET
     
  10. Oct 4, 2005 #30 of 255
    ebonovic

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    I have reverted back to non-hacked versions...
    I have 2 R10s that are not hackable, 2 DSR704s, and the HR10-250...

    I had the 2 DSRs at 4.0 until 6.2 came out, but I reverted them back to get the 6.2.. and since we can't hack the R10s yet... I would only get two of my units talking to one another, as the HR10-250 is 99% HD only recordings...

    NOTE: I also have an R15 on it's way, and 3 other units up on the shelf.... So, maybe during the winter months I will retire the R10s and reactivate the older units....
    Depends a lot on who well the R15 works

    Again... I am not knocking the product... I think it cool as ice.....
     
  11. Oct 4, 2005 #31 of 255
    stevenrt

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    Question for those who already own the slingbox.

    According to a review I've read on the slingbox, it communicates with a server run by slingmedia, which more or less functions like a dynamic dns server that allows you to find your slingbox on the web. Specifically, the review states:

    "Slingbox has a specific number called a Finder ID, which is tracked by a server at Sling Media. The server at Sling keeps track of your Slingbox's IP address, so that when you try to connect to it, it knows where on the Internet your particular Slingbox is located. This is particularly handy if you either don't know your IP address, or if your IP address changes frequently."

    My question is what would happen if Sling Media goes out of business and their server that tracks IP addresses is no longer available? Would the slingbox still be useable, or does it become an expensive paperweight?

    Thanks
     
  12. Oct 4, 2005 #32 of 255
    fallguy

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    You can either use the Sling Finder or you may specify an IP Address.

    The advantage of using the Sling Finder is that it allows you to find the Slingbox even if your home router uses DHCP - otherwise, you will need a static IP (or continually change the IP address whenever your lease expires - ugh).
     
  13. Oct 4, 2005 #33 of 255
    bigpuma

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    What about using a service like DynDNS? Would you be able to use that with a utility that tracks your dynamic IP changes?
     
  14. Oct 4, 2005 #34 of 255
    Fofer

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    I understand that the Slingbox can only be viewed by one (pre-authorized?) person at a time. This is both a programmed limitation, as well as a limitation imposed by upstream bandwidth.

    I'd hardly consider that "re-broadcasting."

    That said... once the promised Mac client is released, I may actually get one of these to check it out.

    In the meantime, I am fairly pleased with the free third-party software called EtiVo to achieve similar "place-shifting" functionality... and then some. (Although, it requires that your TiVo be suitably hacked.)
     
  15. Oct 4, 2005 #35 of 255
    rudiger

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    Not to take this off topic, but I'm surprised no one here has heard of Orb, and it is free.

    http://www.orb.com/

    rudiger
     
  16. Oct 4, 2005 #36 of 255
    Fofer

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    IwantmyTiVo

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    I'm jealous of all you techies and your new-fangled devices and hookups! :(

    I would love to be able to access my DVR remotely, but none of this stuff makes sense to me, and I can't get hubby to do any setup/hacking for me. He could care less about TiVo and its wonderful capabilities. He says what we have is good enough!

    He gets his two movie channels, and I (and the kids) get to share the DVR/TiVo, which I was happy with until I started coming to these boards. Now I just want every function imaginable (i.e., multi room and remote programming).

    You know what the worst part is? My hubby works in IT!!!!!!!!!!

    Damn Directv anyway!!!
     
  18. Oct 4, 2005 #38 of 255
    The Flush

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  19. Oct 4, 2005 #39 of 255
    jdk

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    Yes I'm using that with the slingbox and it works fine - its a lot easier to remember my dynDNS address and slingbox port than the long string that's the "Finder ID".

    Although it is nice that slingbox implemented their simple solution for those that don't want to deal with dynamic IPs.
     
  20. Oct 4, 2005 #40 of 255
    bigpuma

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    I agree completely but it is good to know if the company goes under you can still access the device without their server.
     

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