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Sling Media® Slingbox™ 500 Network/Streaming Media Player

Sling Media® Slingbox™ 500 Network/Streaming Media Player

Item: IM1NZ5436    Model: SB500-100

Sling Media® Slingbox™ 500 Network/Streaming Media Player
4.5stars
( 567 reviews)
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  • Windows® or Mac® minimum requirements: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or better, DirectX 9 class video card with more than 256 MB of dedicated memory for Windows PC
  • Minimum network bandwidth: HD viewing: 2Mbps, SD viewing: 600 Kbps, Mobile viewing: 250 Kbps
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Browsers: Latest versions of Chrome™, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari (OS X only)Windows® or Mac® minimum requirements: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or better, DirectX 9 class video card with more than 256 MB of dedicated memory for Windows PCMinimum network bandwidth: HD viewing: 2Mbps, SD viewing: 600 Kbps, Mobile viewing: 250 KbpsEachSling Media® Slingbox™ 500 Media PlayerBrowsers: Latest versions of Chrome™, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari (OS X only)Windows® or Mac® minimum requirements: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or better, DirectX 9 class video card with more than 256 MB of dedicated memory for Windows PCMinimum network bandwidth: HD viewing: 2Mbps, SD viewing: 600 Kbps, Mobile viewing: 250 KbpsSling Media® Slingbox™ 500 Network/Streaming Media Player298.00USDhttp://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/m001383833_sc7?$std$http://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/m001383833_sc7?$thb$http://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/m001383833/Sling-Media-Slingbox-500-Network-Streaming-Media-Player/product_IM1NZ5436
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Sling Media® Slingbox™ 500 Network/Streaming Media Player
 
4.7

(based on 568 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (454)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (89)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (10)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

Great Product, just one missing feature

I love my slingbox. I use it all the time on my phone and my ipad. The only thing that is missing is the ability to stream it to another TV well. I...Read complete review

I love my slingbox. I use it all the time on my phone and my ipad. The only thing that is missing is the ability to stream it to another TV well. I currently stream it to my ipad and then use mirroring on Apply TV, but if there was an app for Apple TV that made it full screen would be so much better.

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Most Helpful Negative Review

 

Not ready for prime time!

Tested this out to watch the first round of the college football playoffs at a vacation home on a large screen TV with consistent dropouts despite excellent broadband at the sending and receiving locations....Read complete review

Tested this out to watch the first round of the college football playoffs at a vacation home on a large screen TV with consistent dropouts despite excellent broadband at the sending and receiving locations. An alternative streaming service tested at the same time worked much more reliably. I am showing my displeasure by returning this substandard product and urge others dissatisfied to do the same. At the receiving end I had a new Vizio 4K HD and a Roku3 box that seems to work perfectly and had the Slingbox app installed. Test #1: I downloaded the Slingbox app on my phone ($14.99!) so the Roku app could receive the Slingbox broadcast via my wireless router. (Note, once the Roku is connected by the phone, the phone can be switched off since the streaming function then goes directly though the Roku.) Results: would work about 5 minutes before losing the signal and would have to restart the process. This was definitely the worst. My wife was not happy. Luckily I realized within an hour that this was hopeless and was able to get an app refund on Google Play. A reviewer on Amazon said the refund limit was 2 hours so I only downloaded it when I was ready to go. Test#2: Same as Test#1 except I used my Android tablet instead. Results were the same. Test#3: I used my Windows 8 laptop to go to slingbox.com and watch my broadcast. Then I set up my TV to function as a wireless display (i.e. Miracast/WiDi) which works pretty well. This worked better than Tests #1 and #2 but it lost the connection enough that it wasn't worth it to try to pursue it any longer. Again the wife was not happy. Test#4: Similar to Test#3 except I signed on to WatchESPN (using my Comcast account). This definitely worked the best and the connection was solid. However, instead of commercials ESPN plays a single electronic composition in a mind numbing loop. Again the wife was not happy (after a while) but at least I was able to mute! Bottom line is that it is a great idea but the implementation is not reliable enough. My aim was to watch my expensive home cable subscription at the vacation place so I wouldn't have to pay for another cable subscription that I was only going to use for a few weeks each year. So far, mission not accomplished.

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent product

By Tpalmer43

from Fairfax, VA, United States

Comments about Sling Media® Slingbox™ 500 Network/Streaming Media Player:

I am so happy with this product! I can watch TV when I am away from home!

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(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Very Bad, compatibility with BELL PVR and Box

By Steph

from Montreal, QC, Canada

Comments about Sling Media® Slingbox™ 500 Network/Streaming Media Player:

After beeing a user of PLEX, I decide to switch to sling box. Error. Product is suck, poor quality, etc. My connection is a 175gigs up and down, so problem is not there. Very bad experience. It all be related to the BELL service that I am using, who knows... but this is going back to the store !

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5.0

Family Overseas

By jerry72

from Scranton, PA, United States

Comments about Sling Media® Slingbox™ 500 Network/Streaming Media Player:

Great Product. I have family living in Japan and they love to log into my Slingbox 500 to watch and record their favorite programs at their convenience! Keep up the good work!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not ready for prime time!

By other

from Undisclosed

Comments about Sling Media® Slingbox™ 500 Network/Streaming Media Player:

Tested this out to watch the first round of the college football playoffs at a vacation home on a large screen TV with consistent dropouts despite excellent broadband at the sending and receiving locations. An alternative streaming service tested at the same time worked much more reliably. I am showing my displeasure by returning this substandard product and urge others dissatisfied to do the same. At the receiving end I had a new Vizio 4K HD and a Roku3 box that seems to work perfectly and had the Slingbox app installed. Test #1: I downloaded the Slingbox app on my phone ($14.99!) so the Roku app could receive the Slingbox broadcast via my wireless router. (Note, once the Roku is connected by the phone, the phone can be switched off since the streaming function then goes directly though the Roku.) Results: would work about 5 minutes before losing the signal and would have to restart the process. This was definitely the worst. My wife was not happy. Luckily I realized within an hour that this was hopeless and was able to get an app refund on Google Play. A reviewer on Amazon said the refund limit was 2 hours so I only downloaded it when I was ready to go. Test#2: Same as Test#1 except I used my Android tablet instead. Results were the same. Test#3: I used my Windows 8 laptop to go to slingbox.com and watch my broadcast. Then I set up my TV to function as a wireless display (i.e. Miracast/WiDi) which works pretty well. This worked better than Tests #1 and #2 but it lost the connection enough that it wasn't worth it to try to pursue it any longer. Again the wife was not happy. Test#4: Similar to Test#3 except I signed on to WatchESPN (using my Comcast account). This definitely worked the best and the connection was solid. However, instead of commercials ESPN plays a single electronic composition in a mind numbing loop. Again the wife was not happy (after a while) but at least I was able to mute! Bottom line is that it is a great idea but the implementation is not reliable enough. My aim was to watch my expensive home cable subscription at the vacation place so I wouldn't have to pay for another cable subscription that I was only going to use for a few weeks each year. So far, mission not accomplished.

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5.0

Shhh don't tell the wife

By gmann21133

from Houston, TX, United States

Comments about Sling Media® Slingbox™ 500 Network/Streaming Media Player:

Finally the day has arrived. I got my 500 today, and could not wait to hook it up. What's worse I had to hide it, and install it while my wife was not looking, and I had to hide the old one in our room. Mission accomplished, life is good… well at least till my secret gets out.

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