dealsslingbox solo for $79.99 + $5.00 shipping

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Read the reviews on cnet.com They are terrible. I would be afraid to purchase due to lack of customer support.

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I bought a Slingbox quite a while back from Woot. I LOVE MY SLINGBOX! I love being able to DVR something and then watch it later on my iPad or iPhone while I'm out or at lunch.

My son can watch it from college as well as I get a couple channels that he doesn't get at school. He didn't want to miss his Walking Dead.

I had no problem hooking it up. The instructions were very clear and it worked right away.

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For blackberry owners, you'll need to purchase the $30 app in order to watch it on your phone. Vulkano used to be free but they're charging $15 now I believe.

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I used to work for sling media. The products are cool, just don't call tech support. Its a joke now. Used to be based out of Beaverton, Oregon, then it was moved to Costa Rica. Hired a bunch of guys who didn't know the difference between a mouse and a keyboard. Go to the forums if you need tech support.

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I think it's a decent price for a refurbished model. Retail for new is from $139 (amazon) to $179 (slingmedia.com). I have three sling boxes (2 refurb classics and a solo) and love them. I have several devices connected, from security cameras to satellite receiver, to local HD-TV.

The only thing I don't like is the new software (2.x). It forces you to login to their website before you can view your own box. Version 1.x did not do this. I don't particularly like "big brother" keeping tabs on how often I use my sling box.

I used to use my Windows Mobile cell phone to connect also, and loved it. I switched to Android, but haven't purchased the Android version. That's something else I don't like. There's no cross-platform upgrade if you change cell phone operating systems. So the only way to get the Android version is to shell out another $30 for the software I already own rights to on Windows Mobile. NOT cool!

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WTFRU talking about? Slingmedia has great support. I owe four their products and they helped me couple of times in no time. Calling their 800 number makes you connected to consultant in less than one minute. Highly recommended product for a steal price.

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I just read negative reviews on Amazon. Apparently they are awesome until about 1 year's old and then that AND the customer service dept. are definitely NOT awesome. I am wondering if these refurbished ones have addressed the problems and if there is any type of guarantee. I want to get one, at this price, so bad, but am reluctant. I am tired of waiting for my Comcast Xfinity to come through with its' full potential.

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It's just not competitive compared to the Monsoon Vulkano, which can be found for $100. Unlike the slingbox, it's high definition, features a built-in 802.11n wireless card and the mobile clients are free (Sling's cost $30). Also, it has a built-in program guide feature and can be used to record to SD card or hard drive.

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I can't really say if customer support is bad, but I have had one problem, which replacing the power supply fixed. As far as the product goes, it's good to great. I bought the Solo from Woot last year and I liked it well enough that I sold it after just a few months and upgraded to the HD.

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I know this is obvious to almost anyone on the planet, but I think it needs to be said again.. There is no tuner on this box. It hooks up to the output from your OTA digital tuner, cable tuner, VCR, etc, and uses an infrared transmitter to send commands to the host device. You can't just screw this into your cable and then start watching programming from anywhere.

This has been a PSA from someone who had to explain the very same issue to his mother after she bought one to replace 'that damn tuner box.'

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I'm really interested in this product myself, but man, those CNET reviews are horrific

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I'm a fan of Woot's writeups, generally, but this one irked me by even implying that the Slingbox can "tape" anything for you. It doesn't do timeshifting, it does placeshifting. Dang.

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Ehhh I think i might go for it. I'm working the night shift now and I dont wana miss Monday/Thursday football games!

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I've had a Slingbox Classic for 5+ years now, and still using it today w/ no issues. Been thinking about an upgrade since iPad/Android requires the newer hardware. I think I'll skip the Solo though, and upgrade to the HD. Great line of products, I highly recommend it.

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I bought a slingbox solo and a slingcatcher. I was EXTREMEMLY Happy with the products until - a capaciter on the slingbox "bulged" after 1+ year of use rendering it a brick and worked long enough so I can't return it. This is a known problem on forums - tried fixing it from Youtube videos - but I wasn't successful. So I bought a second Slingbox for $194 with CA tax at Bestbuy, but I think I'll return that one and buy this refurbished model and take my chances! Times are tough and need to save $. Have 2 laptops and an iPhone hooked up to stream my Comcast Cable - mostly for watching NBA/NFL/MLB games in the garage/other rooms. Love the product, moderately difficult to set up.

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This isn't HD! So Stop! I've owned pretty much every type of slingbox over the years. I really do love the product, but the technical support is horrible. I had to upgrade to the HD when my Standard Def version broke down.

If you watch any TV in HD, forget about this model. Especially, if you use it as a 2nd TV somewhere else in your house, which I do. No one wants to go back to Standard Def... Do you?

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@yoeleven: I have the slingbox classic and it does work with my Iphone. They say they don't support it, but it does woork. At least mine does.

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Slingbox classic also works just fine with Android. Highly recommend this product, excellent for business & personal trips. Was invaluable on a recent trip to Napa, wife wanted to watch TV and hotel had 6 channels- turn on her iPad and we've got our 300+ and access to the Comcast DVR.

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Some folks call it a sling box. Mmm.

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I have a coaxial connection. Does anyone know of way to get this to work for me?

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I've had this same model for almost 3 years now. although it's not an hd or newer model, it provides me w/my television fix when I'm commuting or when I'm away from home. does what it's supposed to do and the price is def. good.

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@llabra: get a DVD recorder that has coaxial on it and use the video out connections to the sling box. you have to have a set top of some sort.

The DVD recorder should have it's own tuner it so you should be fine.

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Why no Coax!

My older SD TV's all have to use DTA adapters now that only use coax, and I'm not going to drop my main HDTV to standard def using this... Very annoying, Coax is still how cable is delivered, why wouldn't it be on the box?

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Anyone know if I can use the $50 off rebate/coupon that Sling is offering for Slingbox Classic users to upgrade with this Woot?

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@chejrw: Why no coax? Because there is NO TUNER IN THIS BOX!!! (which fact has been mentioned several times already). It requires a video feed from another source. Your coax connects to your set top box, then you connect the video output to this box. There is then a video out you can pass the signal to your TV if needed.

I have the Solo, which I use for the composite video feed from my security cameras, and an HD Pro for my entertainment needs.

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To add to my last post: This will not drop your video on your HD TV to SD. You just won't get HD video when viewing remotely. For that you will need the HD model, which this isn't.

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Bit the bullet myself. I was hesitant due to the SD-only streaming, but this is really only for my family to use when on the road or in a different room (working out or in bed) so we can watch our recorded shows, so I think SD will be okay, and HD streaming isn't worth another $215. I like that it automagically downconverts HD sources as well. Looking forward to it now!

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@kwkilcoyne: One of the problems chejrw has is he/she is on a 100% digital cable system with SDTVs using "digital-to-analog" (DTA) adapters, which have only coax outputs, instead of STBs. To hook the Solo to the SDTVs, he/she would need an intermediate analog tuner (most likely--gasp!--an old VCR) between the DTA and TV that can receive the DTA's coax output and output it as composite or S-video. (Or, of course, just hook the Solo up to the HDTV's STB and forget the SD sets.)

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we just upgraded to digital cable (w/ extra channels) at our house. Will this work with all the channels if streamed out of the cable box, or will it only work w/ the unencrypted? One lil snafu we came across when we upgraded, is we now have to upgrade our computer tuner to one that takes a cable card, otherwise we only get the first set of "standard" cable channels. Curious if we'd have the same issue here where we'd still only get the "standard" channels or if we'd be able to get all the rest of them too.

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@tchristian34: nevermind, looks like I'd have to order from Sling Media online to get the discount.

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Does anyone know if the Slingbox mobile app will support video out; on an iPod touch 3rd gen using composite cables? On their website it says, "The iPhone 4, iPad, and the latest iPod touch are the only models which support this feature." That could be 3rd gen? Probably 4th gen though? Does anyone know?

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@gvencelov: I can't find the specifics online right now, but I'm almost positive that the component outputs are analog and the encryption isn't passed along in the signal like HDMI. The cable box will unencrypt the channel and output it to the slingbox, which can then "sling" it wherever.

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@ lord john whorfin

Thanks for the Vulkano recommendation. Exactly what I needed. I appreciate it!

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I've had one since Woot first offered it and I love it. It works great and I haven't had any support issues. I can watch via their Web site (which IIRC is what they're pushing users to do) or their $30/free client ($30 on mobile platforms, free on laptops). There's a very occasional hiccup on Wi-Fi. I haven't used it over my cell phone's hotspot in more than a year, so I can't really comment there, but it worked OK with sporadic lag that time. I'm not a TV addict like a lot of you, but it's nice to be able to watch the Daily Show outside on a nice night instead of having to go in.

(Mine's currently hooked up to my Tivo Series 2 but I'll be connecting it to an HD HomeRun once I cancel cable.)

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@kwkilcoyne: I understand that, but all of my SD appliances (VCRs, etc) still simply use coax (turn the TV to channel 3, etc). Even the new DTA adapters provided by the cable company simply connect with Coax.

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I have a slingbox and it doesn't work anymore. There was a rumour that the capacitors go bad. I have yet to open it up and check them out and/or change them.

Also--- since Optimum Cablevision now requires a cable box for ALL TV'S, there is NO SIGNAL from an incoming cable so this prob. would not work.

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If you own an older SlingBox you can buy it on their site right now for a $50 discount, the price just dropped too, so that is $100.00 if you have an older unit and want to upgrade. I do, but am saving the $20, plus shipping, and tax on the new unit and buying this refurbished unit. One of my old SlingBoxes was a refurb and I have had it for 4 years now and it is still running great. NOTE: If you want a tuner, this does not have one, you will have to use it with your cable set top box, or TiVo(which is why I am purchasing this unit, so that I can use it with my iPad app). Shame that they do not support the older units on the iPad's but this is a good price and I will have 3 SlingBoxes now. ;)

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Does a DVR box support multiple simultaneous outputs?

It was my understanding that this would sit in between the DVR and the TV, so I would have to use Composite or S-video connections, which would make me lose my HD resolution. If I can connect this in parallel with my HDTV (component to the slingbox, HDMI cable to my HDTV), then problem solved. It was just my understanding that you couldn't do that.

I have a Morotola DVR issued by Comcast if it helps.

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@tchristian34: No, this is being sold by a vendor, not directly from SlingMedia.

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Thought about getting a Sling Box, then realized I need to purchase separate Apps for my phone and tablet (at $30 each). What a rip off!!! Why can I access it for free on a computer, but not on a portable device? Companies that double/triple dip like this suck.

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@chejrw: My Comcast 6412 Motorola goes HDMI to TV, and Component to Slingbox simultaneously. Been doing it for 6 years and 3 Slingbox (all upgrades). I use it all the time

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@dwyckoff: Good to know!

Maybe I'll take the plunge anyway, and if that doesn't work out I can cludge together something with a DTA converter and a VCR and some duct tape.

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@cag80: I bought the Android app once, for $30, and that allowed me to use it on both of my tablets (one Xoom and one G Tablet) and my phone (HTC). I believe you pay once per platform. Apologies in advance if you're on another platform with a different payment policy, but you might want to verify.

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Not a great deal. Not much content. No HDMI interface of HD TV. Not great reviews. A better deal for budget streaming media player is the Sony SMP-n100. $49 + $10 shipping as mobilepc.com This device has tons of features, but is not the nicest interface out there. You have to configure the wireless AFTER the setup wizard (but you're OK if you're using wired ethernet). Interface is a little kludgy. $78 at Amazon with free shipping. Great reviews for features and build. Reviews agree on un-intuitive user interface.

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You people are out of your minds if you think you can stream HDTV over 3G or even WiFi, lol. Sorry to sound trolly, but that's just laughable in my experience.

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@robstack exactly, definitely not over 3g, not to mention is the jump from 480 to 720 on a 3.5" screen really that noticeable? However if you streaming over your own wifi, to another tv, of course the hd is the way to go. Also people keep talking about CNET, they gave it 4/5 stars... Then there's all the people who are techincally challenged who just don't know how to set it up/get it to work. Granted the company probably hasn't supported them very much, but you can only tell people how to plug in the colored wires etc. so many times. Those are probably people who are on aol dialup and are surprised they can't stream...