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|The Lenovo Slingbox PRO-HD lets you watch HDTV wherever you are, through your laptop or mobile. The HD-streaming Slingbox can stream HD video over the Internet. Through this Lenovo media extender, you can view and control standard as well as high-definition shows from your DVR, satellite receiver, DVD player, etc. This Lenovo media extender also lets you pause and play live TV. The Lenovo Slingbox PRO-HD is easy to set up and comes with an on-screen remote which allows you to change the channels, line up a recording on your DVR, or even look at pay-per-view movies. The HD-streaming Slingbox has a Â‘Program GuideÂ’ that lists programs up to seven days with descriptions, helping you select your favorite shows every day.|
|UPC||753960011677, 753960011714, 852619001271, 852619001585, 852619001592, 852619001622|
Average review score based on 15 user reviews
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This device is intended to tune into analog or digital programs from one of up to three external sources and rebroadcast those signals over your local home network, making it available in any room in your house or anywhere in the world using a Palm, or smart phone, or iPad, etc, with the appropriate app installed on that device.
I opted for this older, second-hand version as it has a built-in digital tuner, which is absent in newer models. The tuner picks up: ATSC, free over-the-air digital broadcasts (HD digital antenna required); QAM, the new clear digital cable broadcasts, and the older NTSC standard cable broadcasts.
The device can also be combined with upto three external devices. The unit has an infrared dongle to send signals to those devices and controlling them as if you were using that devices remote control. The external devices can be anything. I've seen examples of people hooking home security cameras, or digital video recorders with built-in hard drive (DVR), or a DVD recorder which records to recordable discs and watching movies on them remotely.
There are three inputs: (1) F-connector In and Out, (cable). (2) Component connectors (Red/Green/Blue), (3) Composite connectors, either S-video or composite video and audio (RCA jacks). There is also a RJ-45/Ethernet connector to re-broadcast the signal to your network.
The inputs don't intermix, in other words cable in, cable out only, not cable in, component out. That's called "throughput only". Example: you can't use the cable tuner input and send it to one of the other outputs. It will only go to the cable out.
For rebroadcasts, I downloaded an app on my iPad, (around $30 one time fee, apps for other devices are free in some cases.) I then logged onto my modem and configured a port to broadcast the signal outside my network onto the internet. There are instructions on Slingbox.com on how to do this, but it takes a little know how.
Now I can use my iPad on any WiFi network around the world to watch my TV or other signals that the Slingbox receives or controls. One limitations is that your home network/cable speed must have decent upload speeds and your remote WiFi location must have decent download speed. A basic slow home upload speed is the big problem. My cable company allows an upgrade in speed for about $9, so not terrible.
With the built-in tuner, I don't have to get a settop box for my cable hookup as I only have basic cable. But if I wanted cable "on demand" shows, I would still have to rent a settop box or at least buy one and rent a smart card from my cable company.
On the down side, these devices don't have a built in fan or cooler. The bottom middle where the video chip is gets quite hot, so I set it on a laptop cooler which keeps it reasonable. I have heard that without some way to cool them, they can overheat and burn out prematurely. No user replaceable parts.
I got this product used and have enjoyed it quite a bit. Its a simple way to share a media type players like a cable box (Directv) etc. It works great except that there is a lag when changing channels or pushing a button on your remote when using the rf transmitter. I guess since its remotely changing channels. So far it works. It helps two people in the household share one tv without being in the other persons room. It works out since one person is gone at a certain time and the other uses it when there gone. Its a sharing device in the sense that one person can watch it when other is gone. Emphasis on one person at a time. Make sure to tape down the rf sensor the double stick tape doesnt work as well as it should. A side note is that the app for apple products works a lot better than the free web version one at least when I used it. Using the virtual remote is somewhat useless. Typing in channels numbers or using the virtual guide to channels is less painless. If you subtract those downsides you get a pretty cool media device. Note I have not tried to remotely axcess this device away from my network. So thats my take on it.
I have really enjoyed my SlingBox but there are some bits that are a bit bothersome.
The good news is that it works great even with limited badwidth. In currently live with DSL which has a meagre upload bandwidth of .75 Mbits/s. Surprisingly I can actually watch video from it with limited buffering at a quality that is better than standard definition. I still don't get HD but with upload that lame it's practically is a miracle.
The web interface was easy to setup and use (unless you need to use it on an iOS device). I like the attention to detail including an onscreen exact match to my DVR remote and the responsiveness I experienced only let down by the high latency of poor quality DSL.
Sound quality was also very good. Once I get a worthy ISP I will enjoy S/PDIF digital audio input.
The firmware update was easy to install and took a very short time to complete.
Now the bad news,
I don't like that I have to buy both an iPad and iPhone version of the iOS software. Perhaps if they were priced a little cheaper it would be different but each cost $30.
Another issue is the support documents to setup the port forwarding necessary to watch video on iOS devices (not required for Mac or PC) has much to be desired and had grossly outdated AirPort router instructions.
I also don't like the SlingBox doesn't have an HDMI port. I luckily gave devices that can output to component video but if I didn't this limitation would be a deal breaker. However this limitation has more to do with media companies DRM'ing their content than anything Sling did and shouldn't be count against them. Just check your equipment compatibility first.
All things considered though I am very happy with my purchase and if Sling lowers its iOS or Android price (not likely) and updates its online guides then I would confidently give it 5 stars.
Love this unit and model. I installed it at my sister's condo in Chicago with rabbit ears and got 56 channels. It lets me watch WTTW my favorite PBS channel in Chicago here in my Palm Springs, California condo in FULL HD. She can use it to watch her local TV on her iPad. She also can watch my Palm Springs condo cable(with HBO and Showtime)as I have another Slingbox here to send back tv to her as well as other rooms here in the PS condo.
Absolutely love it without having to pay for Comcast tv back in Illinois. I think if more families knew how easy this is to set up - a lot of people would be cutting the cable.
The Slingbox is a TV streaming media device made by Sling Media that encodes video into the VC-1 format for transmission over the Internet and provides an infrared blaster. The video encoding and IR blaster can both be operated remotely over the Internet. These features allow users to remotely view and control their home's cable, satellite, or personal video recorder (PVR) system from an Internet-enabled computer with a broadband Internet connection.