SlingBox is way cool for DirecTV

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

  1. Nov 28, 2005 #81 of 255
    twm01

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    For $199.99 and no monthly fees, I may have to get one... maybe santa is listening/lurking...
     
  2. Nov 28, 2005 #82 of 255
    jtoeman

    jtoeman Team Sling Media

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    motox166,

    We recommend you having a 256Kbps upstream connection for a very watchable picture. At 128Kbps you will notice a lot of artifacts in the quality. Can you ask your cable/DSL provider for an increased bandwidth package?

    Best,
    Jeremy
     
  3. Nov 28, 2005 #83 of 255
    rkester

    rkester a rkester says what?

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    I was curious about the bandwidth required vs actual results too. I think my UL is 384Kbps at home.

    When there is a Mac client, I will start thinking about it. Until thenits just a cool toy I cant have.
     
  4. Nov 28, 2005 #84 of 255
    Jacquelyn

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    I did fully automatic on both. I realize now that that is probably why both were using the same port.

    I've never had reason to work with ports before so I'm not sure exactly how to set his slingbox up on a different port. I was also getting an IP address conflict and am not sure how to fix that.

    Thanks for you help.

    I am thrilled with the Slingbox. I've got 7 TiVo's total and will probably put a slingbox on some of the others in the near future. I'm also showing it off to all the people I talked into getting TiVos.
     
  5. Nov 30, 2005 #85 of 255
    Mr Pieces

    Mr Pieces TiVo Junkie

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    I went to Amazon.com to get one and the raised the "MSRP" to $269.99 - $50 discount = $219.99 Anyone able to still get it for $199?

    Brian
     
  6. Nov 30, 2005 #86 of 255
    NYHeel

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    Which computer does the upload speed matter for, the host computer by the slingbox or the computer accessing the box? In my case I have the slingbox and my brother was trying to access it. We both have DSL with Verizon at up to 3mbps/768kbps. I'm wired and he's wireless. He told me that the picture is ok, not great and that remote commands are about 4 second delays. Also his picture can be about 30 seconds behind and when he fast forwards the picture jumps about 30-45 seconds and then starts fast fowarding. I think it only says in the low 100s on the bottom of the screen for speed. I have a similar issue at work with even slower remote commands, although I don't know what my upload speed is at work. Any suggestions to improve this?
     
  7. Nov 30, 2005 #87 of 255
    bigpuma

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    Both speeds would matter, but upload speed is always slower so that is the weakest link in the chain. 768kbps is a decent upload for DSL so I would think that would work. Wireless shouldn't make a difference since it is a lot faster than 768kbps.
     
  8. Nov 30, 2005 #88 of 255
    hearth

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    Is there a test system set up anywhere for people who are considering getting one?
    If I knew that I could access the system thru my company's firewall, I would be all over this product in a minute!!

    Any way to test it before purchase?

    Thanks!
    Don
     
  9. Nov 30, 2005 #89 of 255
    rkester

    rkester a rkester says what?

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    would be a good idea don - a trial off slingbox's site with a custom channel of their making (so they arent broadcasting somethign thye shouldnt be) that maybe works for a few minutes to let you see how it works that sort of thing. Id like to see it in action msyslef.
     
  10. Nov 30, 2005 #90 of 255
    Fofer

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    It's a one-to-one connection though, so they'd have to work out some sort of system for any visitor to be able to sample a stream without having to wait in line for a few hours. :p
     
  11. Nov 30, 2005 #91 of 255
    PurpleMonkeyDish

    PurpleMonkeyDish Perfectly Cromulent

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    ...that sounds dirty.
     
  12. Nov 30, 2005 #92 of 255
    nhaigh

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    To test it pick one up from Best Buy and if you arn't satisfied then take it back. If you want to use your TiVo away from home you'll be satisfied.
     
  13. Nov 30, 2005 #93 of 255
    bigpuma

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    For those of you who are interested in trying this out you might want to PM fluffybear. He posted this earlier in the thread and I took him up on it and tried it out.

     
  14. Nov 30, 2005 #94 of 255
    louisw

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    I am no longer willing to let people try it. (I have a standalone TIVO with slingbox, and my audio is only coming in on the left channel for some reason, Prob a loose cable but that is hard to fix from 5000 miles away and I certainly don't trust my parents to touch it)

    Edited - Based on this post http://www.slingcommunity.com/forum/thread/10810/?page=1

    SlingCommunity Team

    The SlingCommunity Team would like to remind the Community that the End User License Agreement states that it is a violation to share a Finder ID, or allow access to anyone who does not reside in the same residence as the Slingbox. To avoid violating this agreement, we suggest that those who wish to test view the Slingbox do so at a local electronics store or in the company of the Slingbox owner. Sling Media is in the process of working on a demo which will allow users to "test-drive" the Slingbox; availability will be announced at SlingCommunity.com.
     
  15. Nov 30, 2005 #95 of 255
    PJO1966

    PJO1966 Hi. What is this?

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    This sounds like an amazing product. Maybe if I get a job by Christmas that will be my gift to myself.
     
  16. Nov 30, 2005 #96 of 255
    Todd

    Todd Gee thanks Jeremy...

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    I picked one up a couple of weeks ago and it's pretty cool. I'm still hoping for a PocketPC 2003 version though.

    Problem though...ever since yesterday, I've lost the ability to pull up the remote control in the client, both at home and the office. Any ideas? :confused:
     
  17. Nov 30, 2005 #97 of 255
    PJO1966

    PJO1966 Hi. What is this?

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    As was mentioned... a Treo version of the software would be nice.
     
  18. Dec 1, 2005 #98 of 255
    rkester

    rkester a rkester says what?

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  19. Dec 1, 2005 #99 of 255
    PJO1966

    PJO1966 Hi. What is this?

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  20. Dec 2, 2005 #100 of 255
    MVT

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    If I have a Sling Box plugged into a DirecTivo, with two inputs into it, and I remotely access it, can someone watching at home change the channel without affecting what I am seeing?

    Is it different if either the home/remote person wants to watch a previously recorded program?
     

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