Slingbox on Woot

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  1. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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  2. buscuitboy

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    I beleive the SOLOS do handle HD. I have a Pro-HD and a 350. They both seem to do HD, but the 350 has a slight edge over the Pro in terms of picture quality from what i can tell.
     
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  3. Diana Collins

    Diana Collins Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Yes, the Solos take up to a 1080i input, via component connections, just like the 350. I am using the 350 as a primary unit, though. So far I haven't seen any noticeable difference in PQ, but I'll be using it extensively next week, and have both a Solo and 350 running so I'll be able to do A/B comparisons.
     
  4. mcf57

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    I wound up picking up a Slingbox 500. I already have a 350 and HD Pro. Both work great for my needs. Not sure why I really need this 500, but I have been eyeing it up and couldn't pass up this deal. I guess that is the mentality of a tech junkie :D I suppose I can always try to sell the Pro HD on CL or ebay if needed.

    Anyway, I have multiple sources hooked up to my Pro & 350. They are as follow:

    Pro HD (4 sources connected):
    • Comcast DTA (via coaxial connection)
    • Western Digital Media player (via composite connection)
    • Sony 5 disc DVD changer (via S-video connection)
    • TiVo 4-tuner Premiere (via component connection)

    Slingbox 350 (two sources connected):
    • TiVo 2-tuner premiere (via component connection)
    • Panasonic single DVD player (via composite connection)

    Everything currently works great for both of these Slingboxes in my home. In house and out-of-house streaming work flawlessly on my apple and android devices as well as standard PCs.

    I see that the Slingbox 500 has choices for 3 different kind of inputs. HDMI, composite and component. Is it possible to have 3 different sources hooked up at all times to this model as well and basically like I have done with my other Slingboxes?
     
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  5. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    Yes, The Solo can take in an HD 720p/1080i input but they don't stream the output in HD, only 640x480 SD. Look at the link to the chart I posted. That's the reason I did that.

    The Pro HD, 350, 500 and M1 are the ones that stream their outputs in HD.


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  6. JPA2825

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    FYI - Woot! has 350 for $50 and 500 for $150 (refurb) today. Gonna give the 350 a try.
     
  7. hytekjosh

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    The 350 was $5 more on Amazon with free next day shipping. Went with Amazon but thank you for pointing out the Woot deal.
     
  8. JPA2825

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    Didn't see it there. Would have been a close call, but I had a $5 Woot promo that needed to be used by 7.17 and never know what may come up. Still trying to figure out where I am going to put it.
     
  9. rainwater

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    I do wonder how much longer we will see Slingboxes on the market. Development seems to almost have stopped for their apps. I think the proliferation of streaming apps has doomed them long term.
     
  10. humbb

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    Slingplayer for (Android) Phones just had a July 1 update. Version 2.12.3

    Includes "Performance improvements and bug fixes".
     
  11. Dan203

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    DRM is what's dooming them. There is an FCC provision in place that allows MSOs to disable the analog outputs on all deployed boxes if certain criteria are met. Once this happens then devices like Slingbox will only work via HDMI which will then be limited to functioning based on HDCP rules.

    There are devices that allow you to strip HDPC and get around this, but companies like Sling can't really depend on them so they're likely hesitant to invest to much into development of new technologies with the looming threat that these devices could be made basically worthless on the whims of the MSOs.

    Another factor is likely that Sling was purchased by Dish and the Slingbox is no longer their primary product.
     
  12. rainwater

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    From a technical perspective that is hurting them. But from a consumer perspective, streaming networks is becoming more and more ubiquitous. The more the networks provide streaming, the less desirable a slingbox is. It was already a niche market to begin with. I just don't see how the product will survive much longer at retail.
     
  13. rainwater

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    So basically very little changed. The updates are getting less and less frequent. It is clear the development team has been paired down to a very small team (if not 1 person).
     
  14. Dan203

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    I agree. The proliferation of streaming from the source, along with streaming via various websites and 3rd party OTT apps really lowers the value proposition on something like a Slingbox. The only reason it hasn't been completely obliterated in the TiVo community is because of DRM restriction on OOH streaming and inferior technology from TiVo. If the TiVo stream worked as well as the Slingbox on low bandwidth OOH streaming and could bypass the DRM restrictions then most TiVo owners would have no need for a Slingbox.
     
  15. hytekjosh

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    Got my 350, pretty disappointed in how finicky it is.

    1. My old Slingplayer app is not compatible with the 350
    2. They don't have a Windows app that is compatible
    3. Being forced to use the browser plug-in, I found that I could not use Chrome to do the initial setup
    4. I used Firefox, setup the slingbox, switched to Chrome, and found the plug-in to be utter crap - Ads over my video, no Tivo remote, very buggy
    5. I went to get support and I cannot access any of the contact options because it says my 350 was registered more than a year ago, even though the refurbished units come with a 90 day warranty
    6. I tried calling them but their phone system keeps dropping the calls

    PS. WTF is up with the ads? you pay for a device and are forced to see ads?
     
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  16. MikeekiM

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    I have two Slingboxes... A Slingbox Pro, and a Slingbox Pro HD...

    Both failed and refuse to respond to a factory reset...

    I am not sure I want to buy a third unless it's at a fire sale price...

    I still have both of them...I keep hoping that one day they will shock me, and that I will find that one of them responds to a factory reset... :(
     
  17. hytekjosh

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    Just as an update...called in...they said known issues with Chrome and to use IE or Firefox. Warranty is weird...they say they see a different date on their end, and that its in warranty for one year from the date of the date I activated (better than the 90 days).
     
  18. hytekjosh

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    Lots of progress in past week: 1) They fixed the player for Chrome, 2) They released a Windows app that works with the 350/500.
     

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