Wednesday, April 20, 2011

SlingBox the Review!

If you follow me on twitter then you saw my recent tweet about my parents giving me a Slingbox Pro-HD for my birthday! Yowsa's and Yippees all around! I love to watch TV, and this little box, when hooked up to your TV and Cable Box makes it possible to stream your DVR or Live TV to your Laptop/Ipad/Iphone. That is totally rad awesome! Now when I am at my parents house I can still watch my shows! Especially great for my husbands sporting events that show on local channels, he can now stream those when we are out of state!
So here are some bullet points/questions answered that may be of interest to any of you who are considering a slingbox. I found their website to be not very user friendly in the FAQ department. They do have GREAT tutorials with screen shots for certain aspects of set up though!

  • Is it hard to set up? Yes and no. We have a complicated TV set up with TV, Soundbar, Playstation, DVR, so it took a minute to figure all of that out. But, that being said, I did it all myself so it can't be that hard. 
  • It comes with all the necessary cords in the box. I thought I was supposed to use ALL of those cords but it turns out they may not all be needed. Erik had to point that out to me, otherwise I would have used them all. Even though the ethernet cable was included ( cord used to hook up slingbox to your wireless modem) it was not long enough so you will need to connect those things. If your modem is not close to the TV then buy a LONG cord.
  • The Slingbox apps are not cheap. $29.99. I would be OK with that, except it appears as though you have to purchase one $30 app for the ipad and another $30 app for the iphone. I am working on talking to customer service about this, as it just cant be right.
  • It will only sling to one device at a time. That is how they prevent cable sharing I am sure. So , if I am tapped into my slingbox on my ipad, Erik can not also tap in on his iphone.
  • There is no monthly fee. This is a one time pay gig. Pay for the sling box, pay for the app and you are done.
  • Does it work? Yes it actually works! Its amazing, clear and wonderful! Looks really great on the ipad!

1 comment:

grizaham said...

The Slingbox is great! Weagle.

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