Excerpt: For many TV fans, a DVR is a “once with, never without” kind of device, with cable and satellite companies (and firms like Tivo and Moxi) offering expanded DVR feature sets and additional programming services. Being able to watch your favorite TV shows whenever you like is proving to be an increasingly attractive proposition, as DVR penetration in the U.S. at the end of 2009 was estimated to be around 36%, and that number continues to rise.
Excerpt: While set-top boxes and home media servers have done an excellent job of providing access to our content around the home, another battlefield for gaining our attention is on the mobile front. Beyond the barrage of online services to choose form for streaming content, we also have the ability to stream our own recorded content on the web. The Slingbox Pro-HD is a device exactly for that purpose.
Conclusion: The Slingbox PRO-HD is one of the best performing, easiest-to-use media extenders out there. It's a snap to set up, and it works exactly as advertised—two rare qualities in a broad-ranging category, which is full of complex, difficult-to-decipher products.
Pros: Streams HD-quality video over a home network and near-HD-quality content over the Internet (provided sufficient bandwidth is available). Can finally pause and resume live TV. New Program Guide is a welcome addition. Well-executed software player. Supports PCs and Macs.
Cons: Program Guide and Setup Assistant contain a few rough edges. Still no Wi-Fi, DVR capability, or HDMI input. Ties up the television the device is attached to.
Conclusion: The Slingbox Pro HD is the next phase in the evolution of the Slingplayer line. It provides several exciting new features including the ability to use three video sources, built in QAM tuner, High Def streaming and more. It does not include an HDMI input, but most devices have both HDMI and component connectors so that is not a sticking point.
Pros: Streams video to numerous devices, No fees, Simple to setup, Software simple to use, High Def video quality over home network
Cons: Portable devices such as Cell Phone/PDA Slingplayers cost extra, Requires high bandwidth upload capability for high def viewing, Lack of wireless support, Expensive
Excerpt: I’ve been a big follower of the Slingbox since it came out. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the opportunity to play with one until recently. I’m kind of glad I waited this long. That’s because the first Slingbox I got was the new Slingbox PRO-HD. The key term in the latest Slingbox is HD. This is the first Slingbox which can actually stream in high definition.
Summary: This is a good product that may not be for everyone. If you want to watch your HDTV programming via the Internet and you have a good broadband connection on both ends, this is your only real solution. On your local network, the Slingbox Pro HD will turn your computers into HDTVs. If you have a TV connected to one of your PCs, you can watch recordings on a DVR in one room on a TV in another.
Conclusion: I’m going to put it out there and say that I love the idea of the Slingbox. However, is it worth the £200 for the sake of throwing the ‘HD’ on the end? No, considering there are so many faults in the implementation of HD streaming whether they be the fault of Sling Media or not (infrastructure of your available internet connection), it doesn’t really equate to a huge selling point.