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3.0 out of 5 stars Your spending doesn't stop with the slingbox...!, 4 Sept. 2012
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While this device on paper sounds great, if you like me and many others want to connect this up to an HDMI video source for proper HD (such as a Sky HD box) then your spending won't stop with the Slingbox.

The problem is the slingboxes only means of receiving a digital signal is via the component video connection, and guess what you don't get on a Sky HD box.

Also, the Slingbox can only handle a maximum HD source of 1080i and not full 1080p. Be sure to bear that in mind when you want to connect the Slingbox in line with your TV as the output from the Slingbox to the TV will be in that resolution as well.

So if you want to connect a Sky HD box, or any other HDMI equipped device that doesn't have discreet component (not composite, don't confuse these) connections, then you are going to need to buy two things, an HDM to component converter box, and a set of component leads. This can set you back anything from another £70 to £200 depending on the device and cables you choose.

In addition if your TV doesn't have any component inputs and only has HDMI (like so many new TVs do) then your also going to need a component to HDMI convertor cable to go back the other way again, either that or you could buy an HDMI splitter box to send a signal to the Slingbox and the TV instead of passing through the Slingbox.

It stuns me that a Slingbox is being sold in this way to consumers, it's only half a solution for most modern HD devices. You'll notice none of their diagrams show you any of this stuff (hardly surprising) so unless you're fully up on your digital data sources, your HDMI and component vs composite your in for a bit of a shock when you try and set this up. I'd be willing to bet most people resort to the svideo or scart to composite convertor and just use the box to stream in SD instead of HD in the end, shame on Slingbox.

Having said all of that, if you bolt all the bits together, you do get what you paid for (you just paid a fair bit more than you bargained for).
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Initial post: 16 May 2013 18:33:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 May 2013 18:34:36 BDT
Steve says:
Accepting 1080p on component or HDMI video required much expensive electronics inside the box would make Slingbox HD too expensive for most of the users. That is why all consumer grade video processing devices like Slingbox or HD DVRs accept signal only up to 1080i. I am EE working in broadcasting industry so I know what I am talking about. Sorry it did not work for you. But it just does not make sense for Slingmedia to release 1080p compatible input product that would not meet company sales target having low market demand because of high price.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 May 2013 21:03:47 BDT
D. Stubbs says:
I'm actually OK with the 1080i vs 1080p question, I also work I the TV industry on set top box hardware and have used more HD gadgets than you could imagine.

No, my main gripe was about the connectivity as 99% of consumers when faced with a box supporting HD would quite reasonably expect it to support HDMI straight into the box (and preferably out again as well).

I just wanted to highlight the extra bits most people will need to get a true HD experience with a fully HDMI setup which is what most people will have.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Mar 2014 12:31:30 GMT
Chris W. says:
Amazon sells the HDMI to component audio leads for £6.99 so it isn't a major expense, even if it should be unnecessary to have to do this.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Sep 2014 16:54:48 BDT
D. D. Paxton says:
Does this remove the security constraints though?
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