Sling Media Slingbox Pro
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- Redirects a TV signal to the computer of your choice
- Watch and control your home TV, DVD player and digital video recorder anywhere via your laptop
- Connects up to four devices including set-top boxes, digital video recorders and DVD players
- Control your devices with a virtual remote which replicates your remote control on your computer screen
- Built-in digital TV tuner (Freeview) and HD component, S-Video and composite connections
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The Slingbox PRO allows you to watch and control up to four video sources including one HD video source (when used with HD Connect)from anywhere in the world on your laptop or cell phone. That means you can virtually take your entire home theater with you, including your DVR, digital cable, satellite receiver, and DVD player. With the Slingbox PRO, you’ll be at home wherever you roam.
SlingPlayer is the software that works hand-in-hand with the hardware inside the Slingbox to bring your entire living room TV viewing experience to your laptop, desktop or mobile device.
Live Video Buffer—Control Live TV
- The new Live Video Buffer with DVR-like control allows you to easily pause, rewind or fast-forward, up to 60 minutes of video on your PC, right from SlingPlayer. (Available for Windows only)
The Guide—See What's On
- The SlingPlayer Guide is just like your programming guide at home but is built right into the software. So you can easily find what's on without having to use your TV's programming guide or the remote control. (Available for Windows only).
- SlingRemote looks and acts exactly like your real remote control at home, giving you full control over your viewing experience. From changing channels to setting a DVR to record, you can click buttons right on your computer screen.
Multiple Viewing Modes & Sizes
- With different viewing modes, the SlingPlayer software allows you to work, surf the web and enjoy your TV, all at the same time.
TV On Your Mobile—A Truly Liberating Experience
- SlingPlayer Mobile software (sold separately) lets you watch your TV and all of its programming on your Windows Mobile, Palm OS or Symbian cell phones and PDAs.
Compatible operating systems: Microsoft Windows Vista/Windows XP SP2
Composite video in: 1
FM radio: N
Handheld remote control: Y
Interface type: USB
Minimum RAM: 1024 MB
Minimum hard disk space: 150 MB
Minimum processor: 1.3
S-Video inputs quantity: 1
TV tuner type: DVB-T
Teletext function: N
You no longer have to be stuck to the sofa to watch TV. The Slingbox™ PRO allows you to watch and control up to four video sources — including your HD content (when used with the included HD Connect cable) — from anywhere in the world on your laptop or mobile phone. That means you can virtually take your entire home cinema with you, including your favourite programmes from the built-in digital TV tuner (Freeview), digital cable set-top box, satellite receiver, digital video recorder (DVR), and DVD player. With the Slingbox PRO, you’ll be at home wherever you are. Slingbox PRO is compatible with over 5000 devices meaning you can choose to watch your set-top box (Freeview, cable or satellite receiver), DVR, or even your DVD player. There are no monthly fees, just connect up to four devices, plug it in, download the software, and you are ready to go.
Multiple connection options enable you to connect a wide variety of devices
Connect it all
The Slingbox PRO is designed to make it as easy as possible to set-up and enjoy. Simply connect the devices you wish to control, plug in your ethernet cable (from your broadband router) and turn it on. Then all you need to do is download the SlingPlayer software onto your computer and follow the instructions. In minutes you will be ready to watch your home TV via your computer. A quick start guide is included to make setting up your Slingbox PRO a piece of cake.
You can connect up to four audio/video sources to the Slingbox PRO. With the click of a button you can switch from digital cable, to your satellite receiver, to your DVR, to your DVD player.. There are composite video, S-Video, aerial and component (via the included HD Connect cable) connections. The aerial connection and built-in digital TV tuner (Freeview) mean you can access free to air digital TV without changing the channel on your TV in your lounge.
You can control most devices that would sit under and connect to your TV. Whether it is a simple set-top box (cable, satellite or Freeview), or a digital video recorder such as Freeview+, Sky+ or Virgin V+, you will be able to view or control everything as if you were sat on your sofa.
Take your home TV with you
wherever you go
Take your TV with you
It is always frustrating if you are going away and you miss the big match or your favourite show, especially if you have paid to watch it. Sometimes watching a recorded version when you get back home is just not the same. With the Slingbox PRO you won't have to spend the rest of your trip avoiding all media coverage, just so that when you get home you can watch the match as if it were live. Simply take your laptop with you and watch it live as if you were at home. Whether you go away on business trips, like to take a holiday or simply want to be able to watch your TV in another room in your house, Slingbox PRO will let you take control.
If you have connected a DVR to your Slingbox PRO, then you can control everything as if you were sat on your sofa with your remote control. If you have forgotten to record a programme, or want to watch something that you have previously recorded, no problem. If you can do it when you are at home, you can do it through your Slingbox.SlingPlayer - The lap of luxury
SlingPlayer is the software that works hand-in-hand with the hardware inside the Slingbox to bring your entire living room TV viewing experience to your laptop, desktop or mobile device. SlingPlayer comes as standard with all Sling Media Slingboxes.
Every function that you can use on your remote control when sitting in your lounge, you can use when you use SlingPlayer
SlingBar™ docks the SlingPlayer (the TV screen) on either the right or left of the desktop, letting you watch television and work with other applications simultaneously. Or, if you want the big picture, you can watch TV in full-screen mode. Whichever mode you choose, the remote control that you are familiar with will be viewable on the screen.
The Slingbox directory is where you can easily view all the available Slingbox connections in your network and add additional Slingboxes.
Also included with your SlingPlayer software is our groundbreaking streaming technology designed to address varying network conditions to optimise your viewing experience.
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Top customer reviews
I used a pair of Zyxel 200Mbps homeplugs to connect the Sling Box in the sitting room to the Router in my study and this worked fine. The picture streams at 3000Kbps in the house so no problems here.
So now I am sitting in my hotel in Bosnia and watching Sky+ which is especially good because there is nothing else to watch here on TV ! All very cool really. What is really clever is that the internet connection isn't exactly super fast (220kbps) but the picture and sound work fine without any jittering or interruptions.
Only problem is my wife is watching a documetary on the Sky+ at home so I can't watch Sky action movies ! No problem though, I'll buy a Slingbox Solo to connect to the second Sky Box in the bedroom - problem solved. The Sling Player will allow me to connect to either box.
So all in all a slick gadget and very useful if you travel on your own and want to watch English TV overseas. Highly recommended.
I bought the Pro because I wanted to be able to watch either Sky or DVDs and be able to upscale to HD when I've bought a SkyHD package. Also I thought if I was going to all this trouble I wanted the best one!
I drilled a hole between my lounge and study (where my router is) and thread an ethernet cable through - hoping that this would give a better stream than wireless.
I also had to buy a router splitter box because my Netgear router only had one Ethernet port but this was cheap and obviously simple. I've now got 5 more ports for future gadgets!
I then just loaded the software and was up and running - able to watch my TV on the study computer and able to change channels as well.
I also loaded the software onto my laptop whilst at work. I did have some problems here but rang the free Slingbox helpline and the people were absolutely great. You allow them access to your computer over a weblink and they quickly reconfigured my netgear modem for me (to allow remote access) and now I'm up and running. I didn't need any tech knowledge - they did it all for me in a few minutes one evening - all for free.
This is a brilliant product and if you want to watch your TV on your travels I can recommend it.
In use over a home network the picture quality is OK but not fantastic, even on my home network which is 100Mbps.
Over the internet the quality is determined by your UPLOAD speed which will be considerably lower than your download speed. Don't expect anything nearing HD quality unless you have an UPLOAD speed nearing 10Mbps which is very unlikely. If you are accessing the box via a slow internet connection then the quality is poor.
Beware the HD claim. The box does not accept an HDMI input only component video. If you are not connecting it to a piece of equipment that has component out then you might as well get the cheaper version. A cable is supplied that you connect your component out to which then connects to the HDMI port on the SlingBox. You cannot directly plug HDMI into the box.
If you want to stream to another TV then you need a PC connected to that TV running the Sling Player software or buy a Sling Catcher at extra cost.
The product is easy to set up.
The product is OK but you need to consider carefully what you are ecpecting from it before buying one to avoid disappointment.
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