dslreports logo
site
spacer

spacer
 
   
spc
story category
SlingPlayer 2.0 Finally Released
Missing some major features but getting positive reviews
by KathrynV 04:08PM Thursday Aug 07 2008
The SlingPlayer is a device used for broadband-shifting which allows you to utilize your broadband connection for remote viewing of content from cable or satellite TV. People who like the technology have been waiting a long time for a true upgrade for it; an upgrade was announced at CES 2007 and was again announced in January of this year but it has taken until now to finally reach the public. The new version is in public beta now and is getting positive reviews. The most-touted feature seems to be the live sixty-minute buffer that offers DVR-like ability to rewind and pause your video no matter what the original source of the video is. However, everyone is disappointed that the public beta doesn’t offer the much-hyped Clip+Sling feature which would let you take up to five minutes of content and share it online with others; there is a legal hold-up that is preventing that feature from being released just yet.

view:
topics flat nest 

baineschile
2600 ways to live
Premium
join:2008-05-10
Sterling Heights, MI

1 edit

Purchased

Anyone know where a decent slingbox can be purchased? Most just offer standard AV connections.

Also, I am assuming this eats a ton of bandwidth. Anyone know exact numbers?
jeff17

join:2000-12-11
US

Re: Purchased

"The new version is in public beta now "

FFH
Premium
join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
kudos:5

3 edits
said by baineschile:

Anyone know where a decent slingbox can be purchased? Most just offer standard AV connections.

Also, I am assuming this eats a ton of bandwidth. Anyone know exact numbers?
The SlingPlayer is free software for your PC. The free software can be downloaded here:
»downloads.slingmedia.com/go/us

Info on the various SlingBoxes can be found here:
»www.slingmedia.com/go/slingbox

Prices for the various versions of the SlingBox(hardware) can be found here:
»www.google.com/products?q=slingb···&show=dd

--
My BLOG .. .. Internet News .. .. My Web Page
Ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya punk?

matt314159
Premium
join:2006-01-18
Hesperia, CA
Reviews:
·Charter
It is pretty bandwidth intensive. Ideally you'd want at least 512kbps-1mbps upload speed on your home connection to sling with decent quality to another computer. More is better, obviously. I have 2mbps upload and it looks great!

Sounds like you might be wanting the slingbox pro which does HD and has loads of inputs, but it's kind of expensive.
naraht

join:2008-01-13
Clio, MI

Re: Bandwidth

On my home network it runs in HQ mode (not the new Software but the previous version) about 3Mbps. I have the Slinbox AV (Just the AV inputs, not the tuner)

Over the net it was set at about 600Kbps. Haven't used it at the office since comcast upped my upstream so I'm not sure how much it will use now. The picture was good at 600K before though. I'm going to be upgrading to the new software once I get home.

baineschile
2600 ways to live
Premium
join:2008-05-10
Sterling Heights, MI

Re: Purchased

I know the software is free, I was asking about the hardware. I do have the 16/2 connection that Comcast offers, but I do a lot of xbox live, and I wouldnt want to see any lag there.

I have never had one, but it may be worth it to stream it to my laptop to watch TV in bed.

jmn1207
Premium
join:2000-07-19
Ashburn, VA
kudos:1

Re: Purchased

said by baineschile:

I know the software is free, I was asking about the hardware. I do have the 16/2 connection that Comcast offers, but I do a lot of xbox live, and I wouldnt want to see any lag there.

I have never had one, but it may be worth it to stream it to my laptop to watch TV in bed.
You would only need to utilize your wireless router's speed for streaming to your laptop at home. Regardless, it would not be uploading unless you were connecting, so it should not affect your game performance. It's not constantly streaming video over your network unless you access it with the sling player software.

RWild
Them Or Us
Premium
join:2003-09-15
Cary, NC
The Slingbox Pro has an "HDMI" jack - not standard HDMI. You have to buy a doodad from them that will let you input a component signal and also has a pass-through.

I get a decent picture with 384 kbps up, that is when my RoadRunner connection is up.
MightyPez

join:2002-05-01
Saint Paul, MN
I was in the same situation as you and bought a Slingbox last week (should be here on Monday).

No Slingbox currently supports an HDMI connection. The HDMI port on the Slingbox Pro is just a plug-in for a dongle that can accept component inputs.

If you want multiple inputs, your choices are boiled down to the SLingbox Solo and the Slingbox Pro. Neither will output in high def, but both can accept component inputs.

The major differences between the two is the Pro can control and accept inputs from several sources, and costs the most. The Solo will only accept input and control one source, but is a bit cheaper.

I went with the Solo myself since I will only be using my HD DVR over the connection. The cheapest I was able to find it was at Amazon for about $150 USD with free shipping.

arundc

join:2004-08-11

I love the SBox

Love the new player. I have the FiOS 20/20 connection and it looks great. Sorry I couldn't help but mention that

Noah Vail
Son made my Avatar
Premium
join:2004-12-10
Lorton, VA
kudos:2
Reviews:
·Bright House

Re: I love the SBox

Are you slinging FiOS TV with the SlingBox? Which SB do you have and how is it set up? My in-Laws just had FiOS installed and I'd like to drop a slingbox down there, but I'm not sure which box to use and may not be able to monopolize a tuner.
I might need to pay for a dedicated tuner to handle it.

I dropped a SlingBox at a customer's site w/ a 15/2 connection and a BrightHouse basic package they use for 10 minutes a year. As I don't own a tv, it allows me to watch those few channels I might be willing to pay for but BH won't sell to me unless they crap it up with a package.

I just picked up a AT&T tilt with unlimited data. I'll get the sling mobile player and sweet 5" tv bliss will be mine.

It's proof of something that I am the proud owner of "Wireless Cable".

NV

arundc

join:2004-08-11

Re: I love the SBox

Sorry I don't have FiOS TV just their Internet. I have the SBox AV hooked up to our Dish HD receiver ViP622 and the quality is just fine. Everything works like a charm. I can view programming while traveling with no problems. I just wish there would be a SlingPlayer for the BlackBerry. X'ing fingers.

Good luck.

Bootes
Premium
join:2005-01-28
New York, NY
I have an older Slingbox setup on FiosTV. It's on the most basic box they have, DCT800 or something like that. 20/5 and it works great.

JammerMan79
Premium,VIP
join:2004-05-13
Prince George, BC
kudos:10
If you don't need any HD, try to find one of the older versions. The new versions are more specialized in what they can and can't do. I have a slinbox classic and it works great.
Input:
RCA audio (LR)
Composite video
S-video
RF Coaxial

RJ-45 Ethernet
IR emitter

Output:
RCA audio (LR)
Composite video
S-video
--
I may work for, but do not necessarily represent the views and beliefs of TELUS Communications.

ninjatutle
Premium

join:2006-01-02
San Ramon, CA

Iphone player yet?

Any word on this development?

Link to download the beta for Windows.
»downloads.slingmedia.com/get/sp-···eta.html

insomniac84

join:2002-01-03
Schererville, IN

I would love to see it work with media center.

Vista currently supports the broadcast flag and as a result any channel with that set cannot be viewed anymore. I already have two channels blocked on my cable. If sling integrated with media center it could be used as the tuner and let vista ignore the tag. I have a hava, but it's quality is terrible.

ninjatutle
Premium

join:2006-01-02
San Ramon, CA

1 edit

Re: I would love to see it work with media center.



There is nothing wrong the Hava. I think the quality of the Hava is better. I have a Hava, Sling Solo, Sling AV and Sling Tuner. Sling has a better user interface with shortcut buttons and keyboard shortcuts while Hava has nada.

Slingyy

@faa.gov

Broken thru a proxy server

»www.slingcommunity.com/forum/thr···rver.../

Wow this beta version sucks. Won't even open thru a proxy connection. Kinda defeats the purpose of place-shifting(remote viewing) when I can't watch my slingbox at home from work...

cdru
Go Colts
Premium,MVM
join:2003-05-14
Fort Wayne, IN
kudos:7

Re: Broken thru a proxy server

said by Slingyy :

Kinda defeats the purpose of place-shifting(remote viewing) when I can't watch my slingbox at home from work...
Kinda defeats the purpose of working if your watching a place-shifted video from your home...

Slingman

@comcast.net
It is called a beta for a reason people. You test it out if something doesn't work you report it and they tweak and when the final release comes out and it still don't work or is missing feature then it's a problem. As of right now it should be problem hence the word 'beta'.

birdfeedr
Premium,MVM
join:2001-08-11
Warwick, RI
kudos:9
Proxy problems was in the "Known Issues" list. If the FAA is blocking you, yeah, I'd rather you work with the radar display instead of Leave It To Beaver.

ilikeme
I live in a van down by the river.
Premium
join:2002-08-27
Sugar Land, TX
kudos:1
Reviews:
·Vonage

2 edits

Works fine here

Click for full size
I just updated to it and have had no problems with it that I did not have with the old version, which is not being able to control the DVR functions. Everything else works fine. I am in Mississippi now watching my box in Houston with good quality video. The new version seems to have less lag.
jwdv22

join:2008-01-15
Phoenixville, PA

Re: Works fine here

Must be your ISP or wrong Remote Control Code for your DVR, I control my FIOS MRDVR box just fine.

ilikeme
I live in a van down by the river.
Premium
join:2002-08-27
Sugar Land, TX
kudos:1

Re: Works fine here

I know its not my isp. I tried selecting my DVR model remote and it would not work. That remote in the picture is the only one I could get to work.
jwdv22

join:2008-01-15
Phoenixville, PA

Re: Works fine here

Who is your cable provider and what is the make and model of your STB?

ilikeme
I live in a van down by the river.
Premium
join:2002-08-27
Sugar Land, TX
kudos:1

Re: Works fine here

Dish Network 508 DVR. I tried selecting that in the slingbox remote options and it would not work.

birdfeedr
Premium,MVM
join:2001-08-11
Warwick, RI
kudos:9

1 edit

1.5 vs 2.0 beta

New player works as well as the old, except SlingBox hardware requires a firmware update. The new software installation requires NET 2.0 installation, and if you do not have an account (free at this point) you cannot add your remote device. Once the device is added, you still need to log in to access it. Once accessed and playing, you can log out for whatever reason and still receive the stream.

Old player software did not require anything special to play. All you needed was the SlingBox ID.

Guide is not available unless logged in. It appears to be accurate at first glance.

Next will be determining if the SlingBox works as well on the old client after the firmware upgrade.

Edit to Add: It looks like a 10-minute buffer, not 60 minutes, at least on this installation. And the reason I'll verify the old client still working is because 1.5 can install on W2K SP4, but this one requires XP SP2.

Dogfather
Premium
join:2007-12-26
Laguna Hills, CA

Now that they're Echostar

It would be cool to get Dish Network boxes with built in Slingbox.