Slingbox, anyone?

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Tim Holyoke, Jun 30, 2005.

  1. Tim Holyoke

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    I actually just heard about this, Walt Mossberg from the Wall Street Journal was on CNBC and has an article in the paper today about it. They just came out today.

    Here's the WSJ article: http://online.wsj.com/public/article...060629,00.html

    The official site: http://www.slingmedia.com/

    CompUSA link: http://www.compusa.com/products/prod...9231&pfp=srch1

    They are only available at CompUSA and Best Buy right now the way it sounds.

    Mossberg seemed very impressed with it, saying the video quality was quite good. This sounds very promising and like a great gadget. $250 one time payment, no monthly fees.

    Anybody planning on getting one, or already have one? I'll wait for more reviews, but this would be wonderful if it worked like it's supposed to.

    Tim
     
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    Here's CNET's take on it.

    I'd love to hear from anyone who's used this thing.

    Peace,

    DM
     
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    Local paper reviewed it. Said the video quality was just OK. They said it would be neat for the tech-savvy user, but not for the average person. You have to know how to set up a local area network to use it.
     
  4. Tim Holyoke

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    I got one over the weekend. Very easy setup. I have it connected to a wireless gaming adapter on one end and my DTivo on the other. Video quality doesn't look terrific initially, but once you leave it on a channel for a minute it gets much better. So it's wouldn't be great for channel surfers. Going through the Tivo menus is kind of annoying, because of the couple second lag. But overall the video quality is MUCH better than some live streaming crap we're used to. It's very watchable. I stream at about 750 kbps online, 900 over my LAN, and about 25-30 fps.

    If it was, say, under $150, I'd recommend it much more highly. But $250 is kind of high for all but the serious user. At least there are no subscription fees or anything. The $250 is it.
     

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