Watching TV Over The Internet With Slingbox: Too Good To Be True?

Did you receive a Slingbox as a gift this holiday season? Or maybe you’ve heard people singing its praises and are thinking of buying one soon. Take the time to research Slingbox and make sure it’s everything you want it to be before you buy. If you received the item as a gift or have already taken the plunge and made a purchase, you can learn more about this product and make an informed decision as to whether or not you wish to continue using it.

What is Slingbox?

The Slingbox is a compact box that allows you to control your home television and, of course, to watch your television from a more portable device, like a laptop, cell phone, or tablet. is a great place to start learning more about this product and what it can do for you. The website touts the advantages of the product, claiming it is easy to connect and gives you much better control over your television and your overall viewing experience.

The Slingbox Reviews Are In

While the Slingbox might sound great based on what the company has to say, not all users of the product are as positive. If you check out The Customer Service Scoreboard for the Slingbox, you’ll find that the device has more negative comments than positive. Common complaints include boxes that stop working for no apparent reason, poor customer service and support, and non-working remotes. While you should certainly take everything you read online with a grain of salt, it is a wise idea to seek out reviews written by real people who have actually used the product. You can also talk to friends or family members who own a Slingbox and see what their experiences have been like. In the end, only you can decide whether to buy a Slingbox, but there are many resources out there than can help you through the decision making process.

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slingbox 350 and 500

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It’s also important to be aware that there are different Slingbox models available. So, when you’re doing your research, you should specifically research the model you currently own or are thinking of purchasing rather than just looking at the manufacturer as a whole.

The Slingbox 350

One Slingbox option is the Slingbox 350. This particular device provides a 1080p high definition viewing experience and can be connected to a DVR, a cable box, or a satellite receiver. It also features Ethernet connectivity, is highly portable, and can be used with any Smartphone or tablet that has been equipped with the necessary software. The software is not included and should be factored into the price. Programming can also be watched using an internet connected computer, though high speed internet is highly advised.

The Slingbox 500

The Slingbox 500 is the newer Slingbox model, though it shares many features with the 350. Like the 350, it offers a 1080p high definition viewing experience and can connect to DVRS, cable boxes, and satellite receivers. It is also fairly portable and requires non-included software and/or high speed internet. Differences include an easier-to-manage setup which can be accessed on your television screen, Wi-Fi and IR blasters, the ability to archive personal media with additional software, and a SlingProjector capability which lets you show movies, photos, or other media from your device on your home television screen.

Remember to fully research the Slingbox model of your choosing in order to ensure the highest quality multi-media experience.

Author Bio: Ken Tanner recently called upon Remedy Roofing to demolish his satellite dish after purchasing a Slingbox.

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  • Updated January 11, 2015
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