SlingBox Video Streamer

by Lexia

SlingBox Remote Video Streaming DeviceThis is one cool gadget for the TV addict. The SlingBox (by Sling Media) is an easy-to-use device that plugs into your satellite, cable, DVD or DVR and transmits the video signal over a broadband connection to your remote PC desktop, mobile or PDA. So, you’ll never have to miss your favourite show when you’re away from the living room.

SlingBox setup is simple. You literally just plug your video signal into your SlingBox, connect the SlingBox to your broadband connection, power up the SlingBox and load the SlingPlayer software onto your PC. Windows-Mobile based phone or PDA, use SlingPlayer Mobile to connect and view SlingBox video feeds. The SlingBox video transmission features include:

  • Maximising the quality of the signal being transmitted by automatically adjusting the level of compression
  • Connecting up to 3 video signal sources to a single SlingBox
  • No subscription fees, just pay for hardware

The SlingBox is currently only available for PCs and Windows-Mobile based devices streaming NTSC video. Beta testing on Mac and PAL-compression SlingBoxes began last Autumn. Sling Media aims to launch these products by mid-year. The SlingBox is currently available from CircuitCity for $199.99.

2 reviews or comments

micsaund Says: April 23, 2006 at 12:33 pm

I’ve got a SlingBox (had it for probably 5 months).

It only lets you stream to one client at a time. If you connect to the same SB from another client, it disconnects the first one, so there are not multiple-broadcast issues. I’m guessing that this disconnection is done in the firmware on the Box so you’d have a hard time enabling multiple streams. Worst case, it might even be a limitation of the TI chip used to create the dynamic bitrate stream, and in that case, there is no option to do more than one stream.

However, it’s a cool device and I use it to watch my Tivo shows on the laptop while I play computer games on the main machine. That way, I don’t feel like I’m falling behind on either gaming or TV by choosing to do the other ;)


Lexia Says: April 23, 2006 at 4:51 pm


I just read a little more and the single client connection limit is probably a way for SlingMedia to ensure that there isn’t mass retransmission of TV signals.

It still sounds cool – I look forward to it launching over here.

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