SlingBox is way cool for DirecTV

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

  1. Oct 10, 2005 #41 of 255
    jtoeman

    jtoeman Team Sling Media

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    Hi,

    You can definitely use DDNS services (i do!), but we provided the Finder service (completely free of charge) for customers who are unfamiliar with how to configure a DynDNS (or other) account. I know the number is long, but it's pretty easy to email it to yourself for future reference.

    Best,
    Jeremy
     
  2. Oct 10, 2005 #42 of 255
    Jabberer

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    I believe that the device only supports a single connection at a time (despite what the graphic on thier site implies). If this is the case, it helps mitigate the "rebroadcasting" problem. At least, I think they think it does.
     
  3. Oct 10, 2005 #43 of 255
    nhaigh

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    Lawrencevill...

    The latest version (V 1.0.4.107) of the sling player allows more than one connection to a single slingbox, at least I think that's what they meant in the release documentation. I haven't tried it yet though.
     
  4. Oct 10, 2005 #44 of 255
    NYHeel

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    I have version 4.0 on my 2 Dtivos with TivoWeb on one of them. For whatever reason, I can't access TivoWeb on the internet away from my wired home network. I've tried everything. I'm using no-ip.com to get my ip address and I attempted to allow my router access to the Tivo's IP address. The problem is that I don't know anything about routers. I only have 1 computer in my house and the only reason I even have a network set up is to share shows on my 2 Dtivos. My question is would this problem also prohibit me from using this slingbox thing from working? Would I be unable to connect to it outside of my local network?
     
  5. Oct 10, 2005 #45 of 255
    nhaigh

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    I don't think so. Slingmedia provide a "finder" service that locates your slingbox for you. Each box has a unique finder id and when you fire up the client it asks the finder service where your Slingbox is. I guess the Slingbox reports to the finder service its location. If your IP changes as many home services do it doesn't matter. I have no idea what my home IP address is but my Sling Player finds my Slingbox without issue.
     
  6. Oct 10, 2005 #46 of 255
    bigpuma

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    You probably have to open up a certain port on your router to allow you access from outside the network. Have you contacted Tivo support to help you with that. They should know which ports you need to open up. The same is probably true for the SLingbox but they too should be able to help you set up your router.
     
  7. Oct 10, 2005 #47 of 255
    nhaigh

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    Lawrencevill...
    If your router is uPnP compatible as most are these days then the Slingbox does all the port opening and forwarding for you.
     
  8. Oct 12, 2005 #48 of 255
    jtoeman

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    This is correct. Also, if you have UPnP disabled, or a slightly older router, the SlingPlayer software setup wizard has a tool that provides screenshots for setting up port forwarding for virtually all routers distributed in North America. We figured this was a nicer way to approach it than displaying a message which says "you need to open port XYZ on your router." :)

    Best,
    Jeremy
     
  9. Nov 17, 2005 #49 of 255
    mazakman

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    Has anyone tried the new Sony device that is like the Slingbox? The reason I'm asking is that I like to use my PSP to watch movies. It would be cool to watch TV on it too. I did E-mail Slingbox to see if they will be supporting that device but no answer yet.
    http://products.sel.sony.com/locationfreetv/flash.html
     
  10. Nov 17, 2005 #50 of 255
    nitzer280

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    Saturating my upload kills my Vonage so I doubt this will work even with my Comcast 5000/384 pipe. (grumble)
     
  11. Nov 18, 2005 #51 of 255
    jtoeman

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    Hi,

    Who did you send the email to, out of curiosity?

    We have not announced anything with regards to the PSP at this time. Of course our mission is to turn any device with a screen and an IP address into a TV set, but we are taking them on one at a time.

    Best,
    Jeremy
     
  12. Nov 18, 2005 #52 of 255
    curbside

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    I bought a Slingbox when it first came out. I've got it hooked up to my R-10 and have installed the latest Slingbox software. It works great on my old laptop that runs win 2K that I have at my other house in Southern Cal. My Directivo/slingbox is in SF and on a 384 kbps upload DSL connection. I view it on a 1.5 mbps download DSL connection and looks great with little lag and very little pixelization. I can't wait until Slingbox releases software for my Treo 650!
     
  13. Nov 18, 2005 #53 of 255
    Fluffybear

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    Anyone here who would like to see one in action, PM me and I will glaldy provide you with access to the my DSR6000 which I am using with the slingbox.
     
  14. Nov 19, 2005 #54 of 255
    Fofer

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    Oh, yeah? When one of those devices is a Macintosh computer, you can count on at least 15 more immediate sales. :) :up:
     
  15. Nov 19, 2005 #55 of 255
    dswallow

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    Stop speaking in oxymorons.

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  16. Nov 19, 2005 #56 of 255
    Fofer

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    :confused:


    :rolleyes:
     
  17. Nov 20, 2005 #57 of 255
    TriscuiT

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    When I try to install the SlingBox client on a Win2k box the installations aborts and tells me that the client will only run on XP. Can you share with me how you got it installed on Win2k? An older version?

    Thanks.
     
  18. Nov 20, 2005 #58 of 255
    nhaigh

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    Lawrencevill...
    To get the Sling Player to work on W2k you need to meet a couple of minimum requirements :

    . Service Pack 4 (SP4)
    · DirectX 9.0c
    · Windows Media codec version 9 (or later)

    You probably have SP4 if you keep the OS up to date but the Media codec needs to be installed manually. You can get it from http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/9series/codecs/video.aspx.

    I installed that and the latest Media Player and all worked as it should.
     
  19. Nov 20, 2005 #59 of 255
    mstav29

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    Curbside,

    I have exactly the same setup you do. I run my slingbox from my R10 on a 384KB upload DSL line. I view it on a number of different computers, desktops and loptops that I have installed the free slingbox software too. Only one person can watch the slingbox at a time. If you attempt to connect to it in multiple locations it will tell you what IP address is already connected to it and the name of the computer using it as well.

    THe slingbox is well worth it. It is great to take a break form a busy day to catch a recorded show that is fully controlled by the user at work. I ususally take 30 minutes of my workday, during lunchtime to watch yesterdays PTI or Rome is Burning in about 25 minutes by FF through the commercials. The other thing I spend quite a lot of time doing is managing my programming and setting up recordings that I find out about away form home. Having total control from a remote location is worth the $250 price tag.

    When the OSX version comes out I cannot wait to see it on my 20" iMac at home. Then I hear the Treo 650 will have it too. WHen will it end. You can finally take the D* service anywhere you are and actually use allthe money you spend on the programming.
     
  20. Nov 21, 2005 #60 of 255
    DonQijote

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    WOW!....the Slingbox is nothing short of amazing.

    I purchased one on Sunday, and within 20 minutes, I was able to watch and completely control my D* HR10-250 from any of the computers at home, including the wireless laptops.

    The picture quality is good, and it is soooo cool to watch recorded or live TV programs wirelessly from anywhere in the house, including the patio in back yard.

    I have yet to try to connect from remote locations. I can just imagine how cool it must be to be able to watch YOUR own D* Tivo box or a live onw-way video family conference from any airport or hotel as you travel.

    If so inclined, you can even connect a NannyCam and monitor it from anywhere in the world. I already tried & connected a DVD player to the Slingbox. Just imagine, you can control your 400-disc DVD player, or any source, from anywhere! So cool!

    DonQijote
     

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