Slingbox Pro w/ HDMI

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by garberfc, Oct 1, 2007.

  1. Oct 1, 2007 #1 of 21
    garberfc

    garberfc TiVo'ing since '00

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    Hey all,

    I'm hoping to incorporate a Slingbox Pro into my current setup and I wanted to get some opinions about my plans.

    Currently I have the HDMI output from the TiVo going directly into the monitor and the digital audio output of the TiVo going into a receiver.

    I'm thinking of 'splitting' the HDMI signal with something like this HDMI Splitter.

    My questions are:
    1. Is there any appreciable signal loss when using the splitter?
    2. Does the TiVo output the audio on the HDMI and digital outputs simultaneously?

    All comments are welcome,

    Thanks, Frank
     
  2. Oct 1, 2007 #2 of 21
    EJ

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    I believe the slingbox pro only has component inputs for HD. (If that was the reason you were going to split the HDMI signal)
     
  3. Oct 1, 2007 #3 of 21
    garberfc

    garberfc TiVo'ing since '00

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    Yes, that was the reason. Geez, when I saw the 'D' connector labeled "HD", I assumed it was HDMI.

    That's the first time I've seen a 'D' connector that serves as component level input and output. Is there some sort of 'Y' connector that plugs in there to serve as both input and output? Or does the port serve as input or output, but not both?

    F
     
  4. Oct 2, 2007 #4 of 21
    tivoboy

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    yep, only componant. It is pretty good though. you CAN run the componant and HDMI trick on the HDTIVO, and just use the componant for the slingbox pro. That works too, if you want to maintain the HDMI you are using on the tv, and the settings you have done.
     
  5. Oct 5, 2007 #5 of 21
    garberfc

    garberfc TiVo'ing since '00

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    I thought the fix to get it to output on both the HDMI and Component had a number of complications. Like it only works on units build between certain dates, the setting has to be applied everytime the power is cycled...

    Let me know if this is NOT the case... :eek:
     
  6. Oct 5, 2007 #6 of 21
    Laserfan

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    FYI you should consider also the Hava Platinum HD, which is only $113 shipped from buy.com right now. My S3 normally talks HDMI to my HDTV, and Digital Coaxial Out to my receiver, and the Component-Outs are connected to the Hava. No impact to the S3 whatsoever, and you can view & control everything on the Tivo from the Hava at 720x480 MPEG2. Nice, cheap add-on.
     
  7. Oct 5, 2007 #7 of 21
    MurrayW

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    That is the case.
     
  8. Oct 5, 2007 #8 of 21
    EVizzle

    EVizzle ^^MacGvyer^^

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    I am running HDMI to my TV and Component to the Slingbox Pro and have had no issues. Not sure if that makes me the rule or the exception, but S3 and Slingbox Pro works perfect for me.
     
  9. Resist

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    Not true, the SlingBox Solo uses component connections. The Pro model uses HDMI instead of component. You can however use a SlingBox HD Connect cord to utilized a component device to connect to the SlingBox Pro's HDMI port.
     
  10. Arcady

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    The pro model does not do HDMI. The sticker over the port on the back of mine even says to only use the component connect cable. Just because it looks like an HDMI port, that does not make it an HDMI port.
     
  11. EVizzle

    EVizzle ^^MacGvyer^^

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    I think that was a typo by Resist. The Solo has a component connection, the Pro has the HD connect connection that allows for component.
     
  12. garberfc

    garberfc TiVo'ing since '00

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    The Slingbox Solo Connections shows component input, but not HDMI. It states 'HD component support with resolution up to 1080i'.

    The Pro Connections shows a port that sure looks like HDMI and is labeled 'HD'. Below it, it states 'HT Input/Output (Requires HD Connect Cable)'. Does anyone know what the connect cable looks like?

    The Pro Tech Specs page make it sound like it takes multiple SD inputs, and one HD output? That doesn't make much sense to me. Here's the bullets:

    Connects to one HD component (HDTV) plus up to three standard definition audio/video sources such as:

    * Basic Cable TV Service
    * Coaxial Antenna*
    * Digital Cable Set-top Box
    * Digital Video Recorder (DVR) such as TiVo®, Comcast®, ReplayTV®, DISH® or one provided by your cable/satellite provider
    * DVD Player/Recorder
    * HD component support with resolution up to 1080i
    * Satellite Receiver such as DIRECTV® or DISH®
    * Video/Security Camera
    * Apple TV™
    * Windows Media Center
     
  13. kyungkim

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    That faux hdmi plug is made for one of these -
    http://www.slingmedia.com/go/hd-connect

    I wonder if making the plug identical was a marketing guy's idea. I bet the tech support at sling loves that, wonder how many calls they take a day about the "hdmi" port not working.

    So non of the sling products (nor any other sling type knockoffs) have a hdmi port. The one on the sling pro is designed to confuse everyone into thinking it is.
     
  14. EVizzle

    EVizzle ^^MacGvyer^^

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    So to be the most clear, the Pro gives you more connections for SD sources and a built in tuner. Add the HD connect cable and you get component video in and out for one HD source. The Solo gives one component connection for an HD source, one SD source, no tuner.

    If you want to connect an HD source, 2 SD sources and coaxial cable for a third source, you need the Pro and the HD connect. If you only want one SD source and one component HD source, the solo works for you.
     
  15. garberfc

    garberfc TiVo'ing since '00

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    Thanks for the link. That picture IS like a thousand words... :mad:

    I looks like I'll have to wait another year or so until someone makes a sling type product that supports digital inputs...

    F
     
  16. Resist

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    So I was correct afterall. I got my information from the SlingBox web site.
     
  17. kyungkim

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    Dont even bother to look at the pro, its an abortion of a product from the get go. The solo is the only way to go.
    If you desperately need to control another source, just grab another "classic" slingbox from ebay, should be able to pick it up cheaper than the adapter cable for the pro.
    Uhmm, it'll be closer to a decade or so before any consumer device is able to record from a hdmi/dvi source. You have to deal with not only the encryption but also the sheer volume of uncompressed data coming off of the digital video source. Someone used an analogy of feeding an elephant to a baby..

    Anyway the real limitation to these devices are the networks they use to transmit data, not their inputs.
     
  18. Yog-Sothoth

    Yog-Sothoth MRV Junkie

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    Check out the SOLO review at our sister site here.
     
  19. Resist

    Resist Well-Known Member

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    That review didn't say much.
     
  20. EVizzle

    EVizzle ^^MacGvyer^^

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    I WOULD recommend the Pro. It has a tuner in it so you can watch cable without affecting playback of other sources when someone at home is using them.

    If you do not need the tuner or the extra inputs, the solo is a good option.
     

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