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Review: Sling Media’s Slingbox

Slingbox

Have you ever wished you could take your tv stations and your Tivo recordings everywhere you go? Well cheer up because the Slingbox can make that dream a reality.

So how does it work? Sling Media describes it thusly – “With a wave of a virtual magic wand, Slingbox placeshifts the television signal from your source device to your PC – located at home or 3,000 miles away – via the Internet. Thanks to the Slingbox, you can enjoy your home TV programming wherever you are – the office, a hotel room, your garden, even the bathroom – anywhere there is an Internet connection. You truly can watch and control your television anytime, anywhere – the power is in your hands.”

Reviews:

CNET: “Slingbox offers the advantages of an affordable price ($249), a seamless install, a high degree of compatibility, and no need for a source PC. We’d love to see improved video quality at larger screen sizes and software clients available for non-PC devices–Sling Media is pledging to add the ability to view the Slingbox from a handheld or a cell phone soon. In the meantime, the Slingbox remains a credible solution for viewing real-time video from your home no matter where you are.”

PC Magazine: “Sling Media’s Slingbox scratches an itch you may not yet have. This technically impressive set-top box compresses and transfers live TV, satellite, or DVR video from your home to a computer anywhere in the world, all without requiring a PC to be up and running at home, and with minimal quality loss.”

G4 TV: “If you’re looking to stream television, look no further than the Slingbox. It’s elegantly simple to setup and use. It doesn’t try to be anything more than a streaming box, a sidekick if you will. It’s a Batman and Robin type relationship. And, more importantly, it does it well. Combined with a TiVo or another DVR, the Slingbox becomes even more useful.”

Product Information:

Click here for full list of features and specifications.

Pros: Decent video quality, no host setup, easy to use, no subscription fees

Cons: Standard definition video quality only, support for Windows XP and 2000 PCs only (so far), no built-in wireless support, monopolizes the attached device, may not have necessary IR codes to fully operate your cable box.

Bottom Line: The Slingbox works as advertised, so if you are one of those people who feels the need to watch your local news when you are halfway around the world – the Slingbox is a definite buy (especially at around $250).

Posted by Sean

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