Quick Note: Sling Media Jettisons Slingbox 350, Replaces it with Cheaper Slingbox M1
July 16, 2014 9:29 AM
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Slingbox M1 will retail for $149.99
Sling Media introduced its
previous generation Slingbox 350 and 500 nearly a year ago
, and it’s time for a hardware update. The Slingbox 350, which was previously available for $179.99, is getting the axe to make way for the brand new Slingbox M1.
The Slingbox M1 includes all the functionality of the discontinued Slingbox 350 along with a few new additions including dual-band Wi-Fi (the previous model was Ethernet-only) and the ability to configure the device using an iOS/Android app. The Slingbox M1 is also a smaller device, so it won’t take up as much space on your A/V shelf (it also no longer looks like a science experiment gone wrong).
One thing that the Slingbox M1 hasn’t added, however, is HDMI support. But you can at least take solace in the fact that it comes with a lower price tag: $149.99 versus $179.99 for the Slingbox 350.
The Slingbox M1 will be available starting July 20.
In less interesting news, the Slingbox 500 has been renamed the SlingTV. While its hardware is carryover, it will feature a completely redesigned user interface to make it easier to discover new content. The software update will also be made available to existing Slingbox 500 users for free this August.
Cheap cable TV
7/16/2014 1:18:26 PM
I have a friend who has a Slingbox setup on a spare TV at his parents house in California, while he lives in Chicago. He pays his parent $10 for the extra cable box, and slings it to his house TV and/or iPads/iphones. The image quality is acceptable - at least for the effective price he is paying for cable TV. He just has top have is parents power cycle the device every 6 months or so.
RE: Cheap cable TV
7/17/2014 12:05:01 PM
I used to do that when I was in England and Japan. Had a cable box at my parents house. Ran OK. Only time I had issues were when I was up really late and my father got home. He works in IT and spends a lot of time online sucking up bandwidth after work. Nothing is worse when you're tired but you just want to watch one more show bc you need to know whats going to happen and pops decides to hog the "internet" crashing it lol. It was almost as bad as a "to be continued..."!!! :D
7/16/2014 12:35:34 PM
I've had one for many years, and at first it was nothing but a pain in the ass. Once dialed in, though, it just sits there and has been completely reliable. I use it often to watch our TV/Tivo setup from the living room in my office. Never cared for the browser-based player, though, and I use the long-discontinued Slingplayer application on my PC.
Always enjoyed the whimsical enclosures, too.
"I f***ing cannot play Halo 2 multiplayer. I cannot do it." -- Bungie Technical Lead Chris Butcher
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