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The new SlingBox
FCC filing reveals new box from Sling Media

Reports today reveal that may have a brand new SlingBox on the way. The new SlingBox takes on a whole new form factor and is smaller than the existing SlingBox. New features are currently scarce as the box has not been officially revealed by Sling Media. According to reports however, the new SlingBox may be a downgraded version of the current one as any Wi-Fi connectivity features appear to be missing -- although this has yet to be confirmed.

DailyTech previously reported that Sling Media had competition on its way from AirTV. The AirTV box takes the same concept from the SlingBox and both products aim to allow users to stream media to any watchable device throughout their home.

Both the AirTV and the SlingBox however are not capable of true high definition streaming. Snappy Multimedia's HAVA box is able to stream DVD quality video over Wi-Fi and also integrates a cable TV tuner for direct-TV-to-Wi-Fi streaming.

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By Alphafox78 on 9/15/2006 1:49:31 PM , Rating: 2
I dont understand why anyone would use one of these. isnt it cheaper to just slap a $50 PVR-150 in an old PC and install orb for free? you can stream to anything with orb.

By SirHomeALot on 9/15/2006 1:56:40 PM , Rating: 2
Then you couldn't control other devices (DVD, VCR etc)

By coldracerx on 9/15/2006 1:58:39 PM , Rating: 2
Corret but there are so many other ways to stream content from your compute for free. This product is geared towards those that have no idea what the difference is between windows xp and office xp.

By Shark Tek on 9/16/2006 3:08:42 PM , Rating: 2
Orb Rocks, I use it with an ATI Theather550 Pro. No issues so far.

No high def
By Blazin Trav on 9/15/06, Rating: 0
RE: No high def
By Kuroyama on 9/15/2006 12:53:44 PM , Rating: 3
The purpose is to watch TV on a computer when you're not at home, not to watch it on a 50" flat panel. Yeah, hidef would look nicer, but it's not particularly necessary.

RE: No high def
By cochy on 9/15/2006 1:20:08 PM , Rating: 3
That's correct. The Slingbox's main purpose is for streaming video over the Internet. Since it is already difficult to stream high def video over 100Mb Ethernet let alone stream it over WiFi, it would be impossible to stream it over the Internet. I'm amazed at how many times I see the words High Def being used in such inappropriate contexts.

By phil2cool on 9/15/2006 2:06:18 PM , Rating: 2
Orb can be a pain in the butt to use. Also how many people might have a satelite or cable box near their computer? This device allows for a simpler streaming solution.

SlingBox Usage
By dumkopf on 9/19/2006 5:31:26 PM , Rating: 2
I would like to make this perfectly clear:

The slingbox streams to a portable laptop via Verizon Wireless Service - anywhere!

The slingbox also REMOTE controls most any device so that from my laptop, I can connect, control and view my video devices and boxes on my laptop from anywhere while on vacation for example.

I have three SlingBoxes connected to my three ReplayTV boxes and can record/play/setup recording any tv show as well as view the ReplayTV show channel listings and Replay Guide anywhere. One of my slingboxe's second input (RF) is also connected to a 4th Verizon FIOS settop box so I can view a show directly while my ReplayTVs do their job of recording my regular tv shows and specials. I don't know of another product available that let's you do all that and make it available all around the world with password account protection and finder service. It doesn't seem expensive for all this engineering marvel of creativity.

All I can say is it's great! I get all my TV subscription services anywhere on my laptop while on vacation!

It's a great thing to enjoy for a couch potatoe like me.

PS, I would miss the RF Tuner connection on a new model. I would guess that the plan is to sell it for maybe $99 instead the $199 now prevailing as an alternative.

Don't miss this great product. I am in no way connected to Sling Media, just a happy user of this high tech device!


You know what?
By puddintank on 9/15/06, Rating: -1
"My sex life is pretty good" -- Steve Jobs' random musings during the 2010 D8 conference
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