SlingBox is way cool for DirecTV

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

  1. Dec 2, 2005 #101 of 255
    SeattleCarl

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    No. With the slingbox what you are doing is simply remotely controlling the local device with IR commands, and having the output streamed to you. If you are watching remotely, and someone is sitting in front of the Tivo at home, both of you will see the same thing, and both of you will control the same. It would be like both of you sitting in the same room, each holding a remote control, and watching the same screen.

    If you want to accomplish totally independent viewing with a slingbox, then you would need to add an additional tuner or dvr.

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  2. Dec 2, 2005 #102 of 255
    SecureTalk

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    Has anyone used NO-IP.com's DUC service to setup their SlingBox for remote access?

    For example I want to use (sample URL ONLY) http://slingbox.myurl.com to locate my SlingBox instead of using their finder service.

    I can't seem to get it to work. Can it be done?

    Thanks

    BTW I am using port forwarding to send the IP to the correct device and port number. I just can't seem to get NO-IP's DUC program to show the correct IP when I do a nslookup on (sample ONLY) slingbox.myurl.com
     
  3. Dec 2, 2005 #103 of 255
    navyman

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    Does anyone know if I watch a show via the slinbox on my laptop whether the player will decode closed captioning?

    -navyman
     
  4. Dec 3, 2005 #104 of 255
    SmackDaddy

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    Navyman:

    If the box you're streaming decodes closed captioning, then that text will come through on the feed you receive remotely.
     
  5. Dec 3, 2005 #105 of 255
    PJO1966

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    Here's a question... if this is hooked up to an HD TiVo, would you have to remember to set the TiVo output to SD before you leave the house or is there a way to toggle the output remotely? IIRC, the SD outputs are disabled when the TiVo is outputting an HD signal.
     
  6. Dec 3, 2005 #106 of 255
    dswallow

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    The output format can be toggled from the remote while live TV is on or while something recorded is playing.
     
  7. Dec 3, 2005 #107 of 255
    Fluffybear

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    The offer is still open for those who are interested.

    I made a couple of changes in my network over the past few days so we might see some improvements as well.
     
  8. Dec 3, 2005 #108 of 255
    navyman

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    Normally, the decoding capability is often found in the display (i.e., television), not the device that processes and transmits the video feed. So, it would seem the slingbox would not be a good device for deaf users. It would be nice if someone could assure me otherwise.
     
  9. Dec 4, 2005 #109 of 255
    SeattleCarl

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    I believe the Slingbox itself does not directly support closed captioning. In other words, if you are using the internal tuner in the slingbox, you will not get closed captioning. If you are using an external tuner such as a TiVo, then you will see whatever the TiVo is sending to the Slingbox. If the TiVo tuner supports closed captioning, the Slingbox will relay it. But the Slingbox will not add closed captioning to a video stream that does not have it.

    Sling is supposedly looking at CC support in a future release, according to forum posts at the slingmedia website, but there is no indication of when that might happen.

    Carl
     
  10. Dec 4, 2005 #110 of 255
    navyman

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    I do recall some of the more technically inclined folks were able to hack Directivos to do some kind of CC decoding, but I'm not into that, so that's not an option for me.

    I told my wife about the Slingbox stating we could watch shows over the internet from our Tivos. She didn't seem enthusiastic about that, but when I indicated an example to her of her going on travel and then being able to watch previously recorded HGTV programs in her hotel room, her face lit up. First, though, the CC issue has to be resolved as we are both deaf. At least the WAF challenge has been hurdled.

    -navyman
     
  11. Dec 4, 2005 #111 of 255
    Budget_HT

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    navyman,

    What if you fed the DirecTiVo video output to a TV that does decode and then fed then video line output of the TV to the slingbox?

    Granted, not all TVs provide video line out, but for those that do, I wonder if this would work?

    To clarify a bit more, have the TV set for the CC mode that you want, use it's video line out to pass the video including CC to the Slingbox.

    This is pure speculation as I have not performed any tests to determine whether this does or does not work.
     
  12. Dec 5, 2005 #112 of 255
    jtoeman

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    Hi,

    Just wanted to jump in and re-affirm we are working on the CC features, but don't have a firm timeframe for which build it will end up in. It's a bit harder than we first anticipated, but is in development at this time.

    Best,
    Jeremy
     
  13. Dec 5, 2005 #113 of 255
    Fofer

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    Far be it from me to suggest any development priorities... but I, for one, would love to see a Macintosh client real soon now.

    We Mac users love our elegant technology and show support by opening our wallets. Many of us are early adopters. We want SlingBox! :)
     
  14. Dec 5, 2005 #114 of 255
    Budget_HT

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    ditto!!!
     
  15. Dec 5, 2005 #115 of 255
    daperlman

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    I was wondering that also, but my TV has the stupid BNC connectors. And I also forget to buy conversion plug
     
  16. Dec 5, 2005 #116 of 255
    scalo

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  17. Dec 6, 2005 #117 of 255
    Budget_HT

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    Bad news!

    I tested this tonight with my Mitsubishi TV video out (which only works with a 480i, non-component, non-RGB input). While watching with CC on the Mits TV screen, the video out to another TV does NOT show the CC.

    Oh well, it does not hurt to try.
     
  18. Dec 6, 2005 #118 of 255
    SecureTalk

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    Will this be a software/firmware or harware modification?
     
  19. Dec 6, 2005 #119 of 255
    jtoeman

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    SecureTalk - at present it looks like it'll be all software/firmware, but since we are still in development, and as you know, things sometimes don't turn out the way you'd expect, I cannot say for absolute 100% sure. That said, I'm over 95%, confident, but I am a superconservative guy when it comes to setting expectations.
     
  20. Dec 6, 2005 #120 of 255
    jtoeman

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    We want to get you a Slingbox, trust me on that!!! I wish our company was three times its size so we could have the Mac client ready today, but we're taking the efforts very seriously so when we do have it, it'll be of the highest quality.

    Best,
    Jeremy
     

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