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Old 27.09.2006, 04:35
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Slingbox Technology

Anyone had experience with using a slingbox to redirect a television signal? If you haven't heard of it, it's a box that attaches to a cable or satellite box and a broadband connection. You can then access the TV from a computer, allegedly from anywhere in the world, and watch whatever is being broadcast. That makes it interesting for expats because you could purchase a cable or satellite box, hook it up with a slingbox at a friend or relative's house and access it from Switzerland. I was told, though, from a salesman at an electronics store in the U.S. that the reception is not very good.
Anyone used it?
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Old 28.09.2006, 22:59
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Re: Slingbox Technology

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Anyone had experience with using a slingbox to redirect a television signal? If you haven't heard of it, it's a box that attaches to a cable or satellite box and a broadband connection. You can then access the TV from a computer, allegedly from anywhere in the world, and watch whatever is being broadcast. That makes it interesting for expats because you could purchase a cable or satellite box, hook it up with a slingbox at a friend or relative's house and access it from Switzerland. I was told, though, from a salesman at an electronics store in the U.S. that the reception is not very good.
Anyone used it?
Well, I haven't but was very interested in one as it was an idea that I thought up ages ago when I first came to Switzerland and was interested to see that someone had finally implemented it. Thus I did quite a lot of internet searching a while back....

As far as I can tell, it falls more into the 'isn't it cool' category rather than being a really useful solution. If there's something you MUST see then it's acceptable but for regular viewing the quality is just too low.

Another option might be one of the no longer manufactured TiVo boxes with a suitable modification to allow it to be attached to a LAN (and so onto broadband) and some hacked software to allow you to grab programmes off it which had been recorded to hard disk.

edit: I see you're in the US. In this case, you can still get TiVo boxes there. In europe they were dropped by the manufacturer quite a few years back.

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Old 29.09.2006, 09:37
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Re: Slingbox Technology

I've heard from someone using one here that they are first class.

Admittedly he does use it to stream to his Sony PSP so picture quality less of an issue than if you have a plasma but it's still a damn cool and easy way to make use of a redundant box back home.

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Old 29.09.2006, 12:15
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Re: Slingbox Technology

Anyone seen this? Could be a Slingbox killer....

www.orb.com
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Old 29.09.2006, 16:49
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Re: Slingbox Technology

I still own a house back in the U.S. and when I decided to move here, I found a friend to move in to my house. It worked out that he wanted to keep my DirecTV satellite with a DirecTivo and my 8Mbit Internet connection. The first thing I did right before I left was go and buy a Slingbox and hook it up.

For the last 6 months, I have had full access to my DVR streamed over the Internet. Since I use a 15" laptop with wireless to watch it, the quality is not that bad. I tried to hook it up to my desktop with a 21" LCD screen, but the quality is not good at all in full screen mode.

From what I read, the Slingboxes were designed for laptops with a lower resolution. I wouldn't recommend hooking it up to any large LCD, Plasma or DLP TV. But I will say that it has made life in my flat much happier since I can keep up with all of the shows without having to go to the P2P networks.
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Re: Slingbox Technology

The Register has a review of it today:
http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2006/09...edia_slingbox/
Slingmedia just announced newer boxes:
http://news.com.com/Slingbox+gets+ne...3-6120416.html

I saw one in action here a couple of months ago, the picture wasn't that bad, action stuff (even golf) wasn't great, and the owner said he was glad his daughter is a techie who can keep it running in the US. He got it mostly so his wife could see Oprah as late night TV (remember, it's live).

I've been mulling having a buddy of mine in the US buying a PC with two tuners using Snapstream's Beyond TV, programming the DVR from here via a Web interface, and then having him sending me a hard drive every few months...
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Slingbox the answer?

I've heard about Slingbox through a friend of mine and want to know if anyone on this site uses it?
I have internet connecton and sky in the UK and Internet here. So everything is in place to set this up. One thing thats holding me back is that i don't know ANYONE that has used it before.
Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 16.11.2006, 09:17
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Re: Slingbox the answer?

Check out this thread for more info.
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Old 16.11.2006, 09:28
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Re: Slingbox the answer?

maybe stroll over to www.avforums.com? I think you'll not want to slingbox via a slow-ish internet connection....I think someone on the ex*ats_in_zurich was using one and was happy.

Bigger upstream connection in the UK, the better....
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Re: Slingbox the answer?

I used mine in Zurich last week while staying in a hotel and it's a little sketchy on the hotel wireless because the connection is slow. It wasn't always clear and would lock up at times. I'm moving to Zurich and should have my internet installed next week. I'll give it a try from there with the faster speed and let you know how it works. I have heard from my relocation agent that some of her clients have been using it for a year or so and it works fine for them.
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Re: Slingbox the answer?

I was talking to a friend at work today. He was saying that he was watching basketball streamed from America last night. The quality was average at best - nowhere near as good as normal TV. Fine for Oprah though. The upstream is about 350 kb/s which can be a challenge to maintain in europe.


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Old 28.11.2006, 15:12
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Re: Slingbox the answer?

I used the Slingbox in my apartment last week with the connection right around the minimum of 256 kbps. The quality was pretty good, a little blurry with the full screen, much clearer on the smaller window. However, the connection was lost every 10 or 15 minutes and I had to restart it. I'm checking with support to determine why that is happening and if it can be corrected. It may be that the connection speed needs to be higher. I'm slinging from New Orleans.
I'll be returning to Zurich next week and hope to have the bugs worked out before the NFL playoffs!
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Old 14.12.2006, 20:25
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Sling box?

Hi

Does anyone have a sling box??? How do they work and should we get one?

Thanks!

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Old 14.12.2006, 21:55
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Re: Sling box?

try this; otherwise search for "slingbox"
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Re: Slingbox the answer?

well i thought it was time to update this thread via a *bump*

I didn't buy a slingbox in the end, i chose to buy SONY LOCATION FREE as it has a european guarentee. Its hooked up at my rents place and the signal is excellent, absolutely no problems. I hooked my laptop up to my tv and control the box channels through the laptop!

There is only one downside....The sound comes out the laptop and not the tv but thats not a big deal for me. no delay at all and i highly recommend this for anyone having problems gaining access to sky!


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Re: Slingbox the answer?

I hooked up a slingbox at home over Christmas. It works fantastic over my cablecom connection here in Zurich. Slight delay in the controls, and a little bit of a pain to set up in the US, but now it works great. I can access all of the channels and anything that is dvr'd at home. The remote control on the screen is the exact same as the cable box at home. Highly recommend!
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Old 08.01.2007, 14:46
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Re: Slingbox the answer?

jfox, I was looking at the Sony LocationFree over Christmas - I believe it can serve up to 8 clients? What's the controlling interface like?
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Re: Slingbox the answer?

Hey mate, MY sony location free broke after 3 weeks of purchase, having bought it online it was a pain to take it back. It took 2 days of arguements and phone calls for them to finally agree to a refund.

Sony are a franchise therefore you can't just take it back to any old store to change it, you have to get in touch with the department who sent you the goods. In my case it was from Belgium but it took hours and hours to find this out.

So while i was at home, i bought a slingbox. Slingbox is fantastic! better picture quality, more friendly userface and just overall fantastic.

I have a S video scart connection from laptop ---->tv. One downside is that sound only comes out of laptop and you need high speed internet connection both ends!

Enjoy and i hope this helps.
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Old 10.01.2007, 10:10
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Re: Slingbox the answer?

get a 3.5mm -> dual cinch cable to run audio from the laptop to your TV. This works a treat.
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Swingbox with Sky +

Has anyone got any experiences with using the slingbox with sky +? The slingbox is a device with connects to your TV system and the internet and lets you view TV programmes remotely on you laptop or mobile.
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