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Slingbox 500 will display smartphone content on your TV

Sling Media has unveiled a pair of new settop boxes for its Slingbox family called the Slingbox 500 and the Slingbox 350. Both new products will be available in retail stores and promise full HD resolution streaming video sent from your home to your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or other device. 
"Slingbox is still the best way to extend the entire living room TV experience anywhere," said Sling Media's Senior Vice President and General Manager, Raghu Tarra. "We've redesigned our Slingbox products from the ground up, adding features and enhancements that make them easier to set-up and use while creating the highest performing products on the market. With these new product introductions Sling Media continues to evolve and disrupt the category we created."

Slingbox 500
The 500 has integrated IR emitters for controlling the settop box and includes Wi-Fi, HDMI, component, and composite connectivity. The device can placeshift content allowing you to stream live TV programming anywhere. The 500 also has a first for a Slingbox product -- the ability to receive content and display it on the TV from the portable device with a feature called SlingProjector.
SlingProjector allows users to wirelessly display photos and other media from their smartphone on their TV in the living room. Slingbox says that it will also have other ways to display content on the television screen in the coming months.
The Slingbox 350 supports full HD resolution streaming video to compatible mobile devices. It has integrated IR emitters making it able to interact with your cable or satellite boxes. This device does not have integrated Wi-Fi and doesn't have the ability to send content from your smart phone to your television screen.

Slingbox 350
Sling Media is also announcing a new SlingPlayer software client for desktop and mobile platforms. The company is offering the client software for Android, Windows Phone, and iOS at a price of $14.99 via a special launch offer.
Both new Slingbox devices will go on sale on October 14 in the U.S. and will hit Canada in November. The 500 will sell for $299.99 while the 350 will be priced at $179.99.

Source: Slingbox

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By Brandon Hill on 10/10/2012 9:57:40 AM , Rating: 4
Looks like both of those new Slingbox players have had a run-in with iOS 6 Maps :)

RE: Heh
By BugblatterIII on 10/10/2012 11:04:37 AM , Rating: 2
The 350 will look great in my S&M dungeon!

its 2012 not 2005
By Nortel on 10/10/2012 10:29:42 AM , Rating: 2
I am left scratching my head at exactly what these devices do. I use my Ps3 for streaming all movie/music formats to my receiver/TV and its flawless. Apparently these devices aren't for this purpose I've read... But, again I have an ipad App for streaming TV direct from my TV provider which is free. My HD box records and allows me to pause live tv as well... The Slingbox 500 doesn't even currently support USB-attached storage so what exactly does this offer? Everyone I know, myself included who wanted Airplay mirroring with Apple devices already bought AppleTV... Is Slingbox super late with these offerings or is it just me? PS the fact that these have composite, component, RCA stereo cables sums up what decade these were created in.

RE: its 2012 not 2005
By Odysseus145 on 10/10/2012 11:14:16 AM , Rating: 2
This product is not for you then. It's for the vast majority whose cable providers do not offer live tv streaming.

RE: its 2012 not 2005
By Mitch101 on 10/10/2012 1:10:24 PM , Rating: 2
Think of it as a DVR for your PC or Video Streamer for your PC/Mobile Devices.

Its what you get when you cant use a HD Homerun with Cablecard feature from your local cable company with Windows Media Center and VLC for streaming to mobile devices.

Personally: If you have a HD Homerun or Vulkano (Sling Box Competitor) use Windows Media Center and then have Media Center sync the programs with your mobile device instead of streaming.

Always a sale code at the top of the scren

Like the tech but...
By DesertCat on 10/10/2012 9:56:39 AM , Rating: 3
I like the technology behind the Slingbox. I know several people that use these so they can watch local broadcasts of college football while traveling outside of the broadcast region.

In terms of design, though, the diamond-style egg crate design on the 350 model makes me wonder if the design engineers have ever lived where dust exists? That thing would be a pain to keep clean and looking nice in a few months. At least the high end model 500 has a sleek, easy to maintain design.

RE: Like the tech but...
By somedude1234 on 10/10/2012 3:28:50 PM , Rating: 2
I personally find the industrial design of both models to be both hideous and an impairment to actual usage.

As you stated, the 350 will be a nightmare to clean.

For the 500, why did they feel it was necessary to go for the "twisting a cardboard box as I'm stuffing it into the trash" look? These devices are intended to be used with an existing set top box, meaning they will be going into your existing component stack. What makes them think that a non-stackable design is a "good thing"?

I'm a big fan of the technology and I'm taking a serious look at the model 500. If I do end up purchasing, it will be in spite of the design, not because of it.

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