Poor Gizmodo - they managed to get their hands on one of Slingbox's new Pro HD media shifters, but didn't get to actually plug it in and watch the high-def 1080i streamed video in action. Still, they've got some nice photos of the familiar arch shape, and the bristling input/output panel at the rear, and were able to tell us that the black casing looks better than earlier models.
Sure, Sony was first to market with a place-shifting television technology, but SlingBox did it better. And still do.
Even with the release of this latest piece of hardware Sony can only best the latest SlingBox Pro in a few areas. But if you already have a LocationFree based network, or you plan on adding some of the nicer bits of hardware from Sony’s line to your home theater, this isn’t a bad choice.
You have to love the people out there that scour the FCC's site in hopes of finding that nugget of joy in the form of an unannounced product. The latest discovery shows us the forthcoming third-generation Slingbox.
What new wonders will the next generation of Slingboxes bestow upon us? Well, nothing revolutionary from what the pictures tell us. The device will have built-in component video inputs which will save you $50 on an accessory that would do the same. We also see either an analog cable tuner and/or an ATSC tuner as well.
So the SlingBox has become pretty popular as far as place-shifting goes its as great as it gets. You can connect this wonderful box to your TV and then connect just about anything else with a screen and a network connection and it will play on it.
Up until just recently that list didn’t include devices powered by the Symbian OS. But with time, all things change, so now there is a SlingBox client for the popular mobile phone operating system.
If I were building my own house then I'd have hidden rooms behind bookcases, a dungeon and a room especially for teleconferencing - oh, and ethernet ports all over the place. It's a fact of life that as our lives get more and more computer-dependent, the means to connect the gadgets up become trickier. Wireless salves some problems, yes, but there's no denying the stability (and security) of wired connections, especially when it comes to bandwidth hungry applications like streaming media. Sling Media, makers of the lovely SlingBox, recognise that not everyone has an RJ-45 socket by their TV, and so they've come up with their own ethernet-over-powerline adaptors.
When Steve Jobs announced the Apple TV, a lot of people started braying for a one-on-one deathmatch between it and the Slingbox. Since then, reviewers and news-peddlers invariably describe the two as being in vengeful competition; the question is clear: are you an Apple or a Slinger? But over at Sling Media they've obviously not been told about this great rivalry; they're too busy hooking up an Apple TV to a Slingbox PRO and using it to stream iTunes audio and video.
I’ve been using the beta version of SlingPlayer Mac for couple months already. Aside from little annoyances, it worked pretty well. Now the final 1.0 gold has been released and Sling Media added support for controlling Apple TV.
So the Apple TV has been released, and for the most part had fairly positive reviews, especially from the hacker community. Now wouldn't it be cool to stream content from your Apple TV to your phone? As of now, we haven't heard anything from Apple on such a thing happening. But don't worry, the makers of the SlingBox have something in the works.
Engadget are jumping the Sling Media CES gun a little and take a look at the SlingCatcher, the media streaming company's latest device which, rather than squirting your TV out across the net, instead acting as a client for the traditional Slingbox but also receiving video from online content providers and displaying it on your TV.
Working in tandem with some computer-based bridging software, the WiFi-enabled device will output through HDMI, component and USB, although the details of potential content providers is still unknown prior to the mid-2007 launch.
Provisionally priced sub-$200, among the options will be a hard-drive to download and store purchased content. This is nothing new, but Sling Media are obviously hoping that their growing market share and reputation for easy set-up and addictive functionality will give them the edge.
If there's something we love here on SlashGear, it's happy prize-winners. Remember our Slingbox giveaway last year? Well, one of the winners - Kerry Woo - has taken the time to review the Slingbox AV that dropped through his letter-box. Is he happy? You bet he is!
From the classy box design to the straightforward setup (thanks to a handy WiFi Game Adaptor), all the way to his streaming-TV excitement, Kerry seems decidedly happy with his new toy. We're hoping to get another giveaway going sometime soon, so keep watching SlashGear and you could be a chuffed as Mr Woo!