"This Best Selling Sling Media Slingbox 500 Tends to SELL OUT VERY FAST! If this is a MUST HAVE product, be sure to Order Now to avoid disappointment!"
Get more out of your TV.
Turn your new high-resolution tablet or smartphone into a TV. The elegant Slingbox 500 delivers stunning picture quality, Full HD at 1080p. New simplified setup on your TV screen and built-in Wi-Fi make it easy to get started. Tune in to your favorite TV shows, sporting events and special programming on your PC, Mac, tablet, smartphone or connected TV, from anywhere in the world. Manage your home theater using the on-screen program guide and remote control. And now you can wirelessly archive and enjoy your personal photos and videos on the big screen at home or wherever you go with SlingSync and SlingProjector. Get more out of your TV with the top of the line Slingbox 500.
WATCH YOUR TV ANYWHERE.
At home, around town, around the world. With a Slingbox, you can watch and control your TV and all of its programming, live, over the Internet on your PC, Mac®, tablet, smartphone or connected TV. These days there are a lot of confusing ways to watch TV. Only Slingbox gives you full access and control of your living room TV experience in sparkling 1080p Full HD. Why pay twice for your favorite programming? Get more out of your TV with Slingbox.
IT'S EASY TO CONNECT.
We make it a snap to connect to practically any audio-video (AV) source. You can hook up your Slingbox to thousands of compatible standard-definition (SD) or high-definition (HD) sources, including digital video recorders (DVRs), digital cable set-top boxes and satellite receivers. New simplified setup on your TV screen and built-in Wi-Fi make it easy to get started.
YOU’RE IN CONTROL.
Watch television exactly as you would at home. With the on-screen remote control and program guide, you can change channels, schedule recordings on your DVR, fast forward, rewind, pause and play. You’ll never be separated from your favorite TV shows, sporting events, breaking news stories, digital video recordings or video on demand — wherever you are.
SIT BACK AND ENJOY.
Enjoy your favorite shows in Full HD at 1080p resolution over the Internet on your compatible smartphones or tablets using SlingPlayer software*— anywhere, anytime.
*Download sold separately. Additional fees from your mobile provider may apply.
NO MONTHLY FEES.
Watch and control your TV and its programming on your compatible device with no monthly subscription fee.
WATCH ON SLINGBOX.COM
View your favorite TV shows, sporting events and DVR recordings from your PC or Mac, anytime. It’s as easy as creating a Sling account and connecting to your Slingbox over a high-speed Internet connection. After you set up your Sling account, just click the Watch tab on Slingbox.com whenever you want to view your programs. Watch your personal channel lineup, live, on your favorite web browser. Navigate your program guide and DVR. Remotely control your programming in real time. Watch recorded shows on your DVR. Easily set up your Slingbox whenever you change your home theater setup.
SLINGPLAYER FOR MOBILE DEVICES
With a Slingbox at home and SlingPlayer on your compatible smartphone or tablet, enjoy live or recorded TV over 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi. If you like TV, it's hard not to smile when you take control of your TV and DVR from your mobile device. Flip through channels with the virtual remote control. Pause, fast forward, rewind and even schedule DVR recordings. Never miss another show or game — whether you're in the backyard, out to lunch or on the other side of the world. Watch your own channel lineup, live. Navigate your program guide and DVR. Remotely control your programming in real time. Watch recorded shows on your DVR. Set up one-click shortcuts to your favorite channels. Take advantage of the high-resolution display on your tablet.
HOW DO I HOOK UP MY SLINGBOX?
Connect the Slingbox 500 to your set-top box or DVR with the included cables. Connect the Slingbox 500 to your network router. Follow the instructions on your TV to set up your Slingbox or visit www.slingbox.com/getstarted.
Now you can watch your TV anywhere from your PC or Mac at www.slingbox.com. To watch on your smartphone or tablet, you must purchase and install SlingPlayer for your particular device. *
* Check with your mobile service provider if a data plan is required or if additional fees apply.
WHAT DEVICES CAN I CONNECT?
Digital cable set-top box Satellite receiver DVR DVD or Blu-ray Disc™ player/recorder Video security camera
The following three ideas have become commonplace in modern TV viewing.
#/ Time-shifting :- where you watch video from a given source, at a more convenient time, as with Tivo and other DVRs.
#/ Place-shifting :- where you watch video in a geographically different location than its source, e.g., viewing video on a mobile device in an airport lounge sourced from a set top box in another state. This is what is solved by the Slingbox family. A Slingbox unit is installed at the source, and the source’s video is accessed over the Internet using a client – a browser, a mobile device such as an iPad, or some streaming devices.
#/ Streaming devices :- While place- and time- shifting normally involves the viewing of normal TV broadcasts, streaming devices (like the Roku XD) let you view video on the Internet (Youtube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.) The WDTV Live Hub does double duty – as a streaming device as well as a Place-shifting client for the Slingbox.
A final note is on HDCP (High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection), which is an encryption technology intended to prevent the copying of digital signals.
The Slingbox 500 cannot handle HDCP. As a result, even though it can be connected to a source that outputs HDMI, that signal cannot be transmitted to its client devices. At most, it passes through the HDMI digital signal to your main TV – avoiding any degradation of the primary signal.
So how does the Slingbox handle protected source video? It needs a Component video connection – which means that it only can truly receive and broadcast an analog signal. It also means that rather than a single HDMI connection, you now have 5 cables to connect it to the source (3 for video and 2 for audio.)
That said, my eyes could not tell a difference in video quality, especially as my mobile devices are much smaller than my TV. (This is also why the Slingbox 350 might be sufficient for most users – see comparison below.)
So, how did the Slingbox 500 HD work for me?
This was simple, though there are quite a few steps involved.
1. Connect the output from my set top box (a Comcast Motorola device) to the Slingbox 500 with both component and HDMI video
2. Connect the output from the Slingbox to my receiver.
3. Connect the IR remote transmitter to the Slingbox and place the other end near the Motorola set top box.
4. Connect the Slingbox to my network (it uses the less polluted 5GHz band!)
5. Create an account on Slingbox’s web site (did it on the Slingbox itself)
6. Use a notebook and a browser to log in on the Slingbox site and view TV
7. Get the latest firmware for the WDTV Live Hub (v3.08.14) which adds support for the Slingbox 500
Viewing TV on my laptop was amazing – I had a solid signal and the HD video was great. I could even bring up a facsimile of my remote, and use it to control my set top box, including using DVR and OnDemand functions. Even the program guide was a joy to use – allowing me to search for programs and filter on HD content.
The WDTV Live Hub performance was less thrilling. It was slow, with button clicks taking up to 30 seconds to register, was choppy, and in the end just froze up on me, forcing me to retreat to the Home screen.
So far, I have not tried SlingPlayer on my iPad, nor the Boxee Box (discontinued last month).
Overall, while I was thrilled with the freedom offered by the 5GHz 802.11n connection on my laptop, I was less than enamored by the connection on my WDTV Live Hub. Hence the loss of a star.
Do note that the Slingbox 350 provides much of the same functionality at a better price. The key sacrifices with the 350 are:
- no wireless connectivity
- no HDMI input
- no on-screen setup
- no sharing of personal media
- no unique (conversation-starting) form factor
I personally think the wireless connection is very handy, but it is debatable whether the other differences are worth the extra premium. For instance, the HDMI input on the 500 is not truly material, given the issues with HDCP.
To sum it all up, it works great IF you know what your getting into. If you just buy it and figure it out as you go you will probably not be happy, so be sure to spend the time learning the product to understand what it is and isn’t capable of. If you have a single box, single hdmi tv you will be more then happy as long as your internet and cpu can keep up with the demands. Smart phones look great also, 720×1280 on a 4.7″ screen is amazing, no missing the ball or puck here. Single complaint, my phone does have a tendency to freeze on the stream…but it does seem to happen mostly on my work wifi which is admittedly a poor router and not the most stable connection which plays into it. Disconnect/Reconnect always seems to correct it, but this does take about 20 seconds, +10 more to go back into HD mode, but it’s only once per hour on average. PC seems to be rock solid though. Sling has really changed the way I watch TV.