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.
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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.
"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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