[DAILY DEAL 4/22/15] SlingTV

Today at Electronics.Woot, instead of one thing in the daily deal spot, we’re giving you ALL THE SLING TVS AND MOAR SLING TVS!!

And since it’s a special kinda sale, we thought it needed a special kinda discussion place that you can find here.

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Your Choice: SlingTV
Price: $59.99 - 169.99
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Very Good Reviews on the Sling Box 500 over at Best Buy

Well I have to say that Sling has certainly addressed their instruction NOT to stack anything on top of it.

I have a Slingbox 500 (bought it shortly after they came out for the full $300+ retail) and I love it.

The only downside is that the mobile app (Android at least) costs $15 for phones and another $15 for tablets. You can sling via web for free, though.

The app supports Chromecast and you can also access Slingbox via some TV pucks like the WD TV err… I forget… either Live or Play models.

If anyone has any questions about the Slingbox 500, let me know.

Could I connect a Slingbox 500 to an HD HomerunPrime (3 card tuner)? I am thinking that may allow me to still watch 2 different channels while the Slingbox uses 1 tuner and ‘slings’ that channel. Is this a reasonable and feasible setup?

EDIT: It seems this should be possible with either the 350 or 500.

Just got a Slingbox 350 from Woot the last time they were up for sale and it works pretty good. The IR blaster function works well even without the add-on transmitter that it comes with. It’s just too bad that the iOS and Android apps are $15 and you have to buy the phone and tablet ones separately.

Woot: You should not be calling this SlingTV as that is a different service that has nothing to do with the Slingboxes being sold. SlingTV is an internet streaming service that offers stations like ESPN and TBS for $20/month.

Watch out, the new sling player desktop software now has intrusive advertising. How intrusive? One big ad on the side, a small banner at the bottom and a preroll ad before video starts. Big thumbs down for me.

If you just want to watch your antenna programming remotely, there is a cool app called Remote Potato. If you are using Windows Media Center, it will let you run your DVR for scheduling and recording and let you watch live and recorded shows.

It’s free!
http://www.remotepotato.com

Blame sling media And dish for that. They call the 500 sling TV and also call the service sling TV.

The iOS app costs money.

I will blame Sling as well then. I just wanted to note this for anyone so there’s no confusion.

I looked up the connections on the Slingbox 350 and 500 which are for sale here. These two units do not have a Coax input. They only have component (350 & 500) and HDMI (500). So to answer my previous posted question, no I cannot hook up a SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime to a Slingbox 350/500, because that HDHomeRun Prime ONLY has Coax.

TL;DR HDHomeRun Prime won’t connect to HDMI or Component inputs, so you cannot connect Slingbox to HDHomeRun Prime.

I recently purchased a house and it’s not wired so that I can put in 1 box and watch on all rooms. I am too cheap to pay for 2 dish boxes but I want to be able to watch my dish channels on the tv in another room from the living room such as say my basement.

Can this device solve that issue for me? If so what else would I need in conjunction with the sling box (like do i need a apple tv or chromecast?) or will it solve it by itself? Thanks --CK

You hook up the slingbox via component (350) or hdmi (500) out on your Dish receiver and then view it on your PC/phone/tablet. If you want to view it on another TV you will need to hook up your PC to that tv or use a Chromecast/Roku/AppleTV/FireTV. The Slingplayer app ($15) is needed to “cast” to a chromecast, Roku or AppleTV. The FireTV connects to the slingbox on its own.

I got the Slingbox 500 when it was last on Woot. I had an original Slingbox before that. The older Slingbox didn’t work with Chromecast. I had already paid for the apps for my old Slingbox so I didn’t have to buy them again.

I use it to watch my cable at my boyfriend’s house. His internet isn’t the best (less than 10 mbps DSL) because he lives in the country. I do get some buffering, but it is tolerable. It beats paying for satellite TV out at his place. He lives in a valley so antenna TV isn’t great either.

So you are saying I will then broadcast the show on my main tv - which I connect to with my computer and then cast out to my 2nd tv? So I will have the show on 3 places using this solution? Is there a cheaper, easier solution that anyone knows of that may or may not include a slingbox… :slight_smile:

PS my internet is sucky DSL = about 1Mbps

If you internet is that slow, I wouldn’t recommend a Slingbox. My boyfriend’s house used to only get 1 mbps. Granted I was using the old version, but the picture was not very good, especially on a screen bigger than a laptop. Don’t the new Dish boxes have sling built in anyway?

Have you looked into Home Run? I don’t know anything about it other than it sounds like more what you are looking for. Slingbox is nice that you can watch your TV outside your house/city/state, etc. I think Home Run is for watching your TV within your house.

Sling TV is a different thing altogether - it’s a pay-by-the-month streaming service. Slingbox is a hardware-based solution that gives you access to your own cable subscription in other locations.