Slingbox PRO-HD - Interesting concept, good implementation
17 August 2011
Excerpt: Want to watch television using the connection installed at your home while travelling the world? “What planet are you living on?” is what people going to ask you. But then again, those people wouldn’t know about the Slingbox PRO-HD!
Pros: Video streaming is largely stutter free, Quality of streamed video is very good, No monthly subscription charges, Good compatibility with a large number of devices, Works with Windows and Mac via web browser, Mobile app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 7
Cons: Slightly complicated to set up the first time, via the online account, No HDMI input, You need to buy the mobile apps
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...