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Old 02-16-2009, 09:08 PM   #1
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Have been reading about Slingbox - it is a box that connects your home cable or satellite system to the internet. You can be anywhere with a fast wifi connection and get your cable programs on your computer. It seems to be around $200 with no subscription fee. I wonder how many campsites have a wifi connection that would be adequate if there were 50 campers doing that, it is probably quite bandwidth intensive. http://www.slingmedia.com/
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Old 02-26-2009, 11:14 AM   #2
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I've heard of it (but don't know much about it) from another web forum in England
some time ago. My internet and TV are both on cable. Is it a "bridge" between
them, then? Then you access it by setting up some sort of remote id and
file sharing? I went to their website but couldn't find a good layman's explanation
of how it works.
I seem to recall some of the members of the other forum used it on their wireless laptops
from different rooms in their own houses to give them more TV connections.
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Old 02-01-2014, 09:10 AM   #3
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A Slingbox connects to your router, your cable or satellite box, and then to your TV. It allows you to watch the TV programming that you've already paid for on your computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone anywhere that you have a fast Internet connection. There are no subscription fees for the Slingbox or for the service.

How you view your TV programs depends on the platform. Computers and laptops generally can use a web page. You log in using a username and password that you create. For tablets and smartphones, there is special software that's available separately for a fee. You use the same username and password to log in, no matter what platform you're using.

The Slingbox contains special software that can automatically adjust to the varying speeds of the Internet so you don't get the stopped screen and "spinning beachball" that you see on YouTube. You can also adjust the size of the image and/or picture quality, if you wish, to reduce the bandwidth.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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Old 02-01-2014, 01:40 PM   #4
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How much streaming data would Slingbox buffer for Netflix shows? Netflix currently will continue buffer about 5 minutes of video using my laptop if I pause playback. Can the Slingbox buffer more than 5 minutes for example?
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Old 02-02-2014, 03:41 AM   #5
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On Windows, the Time Shift Buffer in the Slingbox.com web interface allows you to review/skip ahead through a maximum of 60 minutes of video. According to the Slingbox Support site, this feature is coming to the Mac soon. You can get more information from their support site:
http://support.slingbox.com/get/KB-2000511.html

One of the coolest parts of using a Slingbox is that when you set it up, you specify what kind of cable/satellite box or DVR you're connecting it to. Once you do that, you see and use an onscreen version of your specific remote to control what you watch on Slingbox.com. For example, if you have a Comcast box, you'll see and use an onscreen version of the Comcast remote to change the channels, program the DVR, etc.

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Being a novice at this kind of stuff, how about an obvious question! How badly, quickly, would this bury our 4 gig a month Verizon tablet 4G plan?
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Being a novice at this kind of stuff, how about an obvious question! How badly, quickly, would this bury our 4 gig a month Verizon tablet 4G plan?
I checked my iTunes library where I have actually bought three movies rather than rent on a live stream. The Sherlock Holmes movie with Robert Downey Jr. was 1.8 GB, Pixar Cars was 1.4 GB and Disney's Ratatoulli was 2 GB. I would assume live streaming would be as much typically. If true you would blow your budget in two movies.

I do 30 day rentals in iTunes where I download them on my home wifi to my iPad and they are good for up to 30 days to watch. Once you start watching they are good for 24 hours before going "poof". I have a cable to hook up the iPad to the 22" TV. So no wifi streaming is needed. Rentals are typically $3.99. We don't watch many movies or TV when on the road.
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Old 02-03-2014, 06:01 AM   #8
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Being a novice at this kind of stuff, how about an obvious question! How badly, quickly, would this bury our 4 gig a month Verizon tablet 4G plan?
With a Slingbox, you can choose not to stream a movie at full-screen HD. That will save a fair amount of bandwidth but Davydd's method of first downloading them at home to an iPad might be more practical in the long run.

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Old 02-03-2014, 06:27 AM   #9
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Some clarification: One of the most common questions about a Slingbox is where it "lives." The Slingbox stays in your living room, along with your TV, DVR and cable/satellite box. The Slingbox connects to them and then connects to your home's router. When properly set up, the Slingbox sends what's on your home TV through the router to the Internet. Your account is password connected so you don't need to worry about someone else watching your programs.

There are currently two models: The Slingbox 500 and the Slingbox 350. The 500 can connect wirelessly to your router. The 350 needs a wired Ethernet connection to your router, like all of the older models. To find out about all the differences between the 350 and the 500, see this page on the Slingbox web site:
http://www.slingbox.com/go/compare-slingboxes

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If you are a DirecTv customer, you might want to look at the $99 "GenieGo" product that you can buy from them. It can stream content from your DirecTv DVR, and will also let you copy DVR content onto your Laptop or iDevice and keep it there for something like 20 days. In some ways it is the best of both worlds. The disadvantage WRT Slingbox is that it only works with DirecTv content. We have both.
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