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Slingbox has released a new infographic that showcases exactly how its customers use the device for watching their favorite programs. This data covers only the first half of 2013 – January through June. The notables include Slingbox owners watching 10 times more TV online than the national average. 75% of those hours are spent watching television on the go rather than at home. 80% of hours watching TV are spent watching live television instead of recorded. Check out the infographic below!

Slingbox usage infographic

Slingbox Gets Updated to Support AirPlay Through the Use of SlingPlayer Mobile

Posted by on October 25th, 2013
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Sling Media, the company behind Slingbox, has announced new firmware and software updates that brings AirPlay support to the iPhone and iPad version of SlingPlayer. This allows Slingbox customers to view live TV on their Apple TV, and also gives them the ability to watch TV on a second TV without needing another set top box.

Slingbox AirPlay Support

via: Slingbox Blog

Slingbox 500 and Sling Player Review

There has been a very exciting rush by TV show producers to get their content onto mobile devices. But it hasn’t been without a good number of issues. First, the content is split amongst dozens of different apps. Next, the shows have seriously stupid usage rights. Sometimes you can only watch shows weeks after first aired. Some shows expire after a few weeks only to appear again many months later. Trying to keep it straight and figure out where any show is can be annoying.

What about your DVR? I have been a long term fan of TiVo. I bought the first box they made and have upgraded multiple times over these past ten plus years. The problem with TiVo is that they have been very slow to adapt to new technologies like streaming content to mobile devices. Until recently you just couldn’t do it without special PC software and a hours of processing time. While TiVo has released a new streaming device, it only works locally unless you remember to download your shows first. Better, but still not good.

Sometimes I just wished I had access to everything on my DVR while on the go. Well, that’s where Sling comes in. A wholly owned subsidiary of Echostar, Sling has been making devices to give you access to your recorded and live content while on the go for years. They do this by having their box sit between your cable box or DVR and your TV. You connect the output of your cable box to the Slingbox and the output of the Slingbox to your TV. While this process can be a bit tedious with many of the included cables to connect, the included instructions are clear and easy.

We’ve taken a look at the Slingbox and player before but a lot has changed since then. For one, the latest Slingboxes support full 1080p HD streaming, assuming you have a good enough connection. They have also been updated to support the iPhone 5 screen for widescreen 16:9 viewing. And at some point after our previous review was posted, support was added to allow streaming over cell networks.

The iPad and iPhone versions of the app both do a good job allowing you to stream from a Slingbox. The iPad version is much easier to use due to the larger screen size, allowing for more controls on the screen. While the iPhone interface isn’t horrible, it could use a rethink.

Overall, the Slingbox 500 was easy to setup, if not super quick. Once it was installed it worked well. Connecting to it from remote was quick and worked well. Changing or selecting a recorded show to watch can be a bit tedious, though, with a 3-4 second delay for each remote key press. Once the streaming started, very few hiccups were noticed.

Is the Slingbox 500 the ideal way to get your content on the go? No. But it is, by far, the best very option right now to give you access to that content on the go. And let’s be honest, it’s likely to be the best option for some time. Access to content will get much stricter before it gets more convenient.

The Slingbox 500 is available online or at Best Buy now for $299.99.

$14.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-05-13 :: Category: Entertainment

$14.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-11-24 :: Category: Entertainment

App Update: SlingPlayer Apps Updated – Price Cut in Half

Posted by on October 10th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

The SlingPlayer iPhone and iPad apps have both been updated today to support the new 350 and 500 models and their 1080p HD streams. In addition, the apps have dropped in price by 50% and now are only $14.99 each.

We have the Slingbox 500 in house and we’ll have a full review for you in the coming days, once we’ve had a chance to put it through it’s paces.

SlingPlayer Mobile

SlingPlayer Mobile

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
After almost a year of waiting for this app to hit the shelves, we wind up with a watered down version that all the other mobile platforms have already been enjoying for the same price they paid for a full featured version.

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Nearly a year ago, Sling Media announced that they planned to bring Slingbox connectivity to the iPhone and iPod Touch. That makes sense, considering that the app is already available for Windows Mobile, Palm OS, Symbian, and BlackBerry platforms. After being held up in the approval process for unconfirmed issues, we can now say that the wait is finally over!

According to our source at Sling Media:

“Apple will post our app (Wi-Fi only) on the iPhone Store between 9:01pm (PDT) Tuesday, May 12th and 3:01 AM (PDT) Wednesday May 13th.”


Continue reading SlingPlayer Mobile iPhone App Launches Tonight »

Last week, I was lucky enough to receive a Slingbox and an ad-hoc copy of the latest build of the Slingbox iPhone app for review purposes. While I won’t be able to release a review of the app until it goes live, I’m thoroughly impressed.

Today, all over the internet there has been “an unconfirmed tip from a source close to Apple’s approval processes” claiming that the app had in fact been denied due to pressure from AT&T. The app is slated to allow use over 3G and WiFi, meaning that it would in fact be a bandwidth burden for AT&T, but considering the app already exists on the BlackBerry and Windows Mobile phones which AT&T sure carries a few of, there’s no reason to believe this rumor to be true (even BGR agree’s!)

Continue reading Slingbox App Rejection Rumor Debunked »

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