Product Type: Sling set top boxes
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Sling Slingbox Pro
Member Name: davomrmac
Sling Slingbox Pro
Advantages: Good quality picture, plenty of different connection types
Disadvantages: Little tricky to set up
Really wanting a way of watching GOOD TV whilst on holiday, I surfed the internet until I found what seemed like a 'too good to be true' device. The Slingbox Pro is available in three versions, this being the most expensive one because it handles HD video footage.
The idea is simple. Plug in your device, like a Sky set top box to the Slingbox, attach the Slingbox to your home computer network and then you can view and control the Sky box from other devices. In my situation, I tested this with a MacBook Pro. The device took a little bit of setting up, but once done it was a big surprise at how good the quality is.
I connected my MacBook Pro to my wireless network, started up the SlingPlayer software, connected and voila... the picture appeared with an on-screen remote control. When the picture first appears it is a little blocky, but as the bit rate ramps up the picture becomes clearer. You can then change channel, turn on/off, and of you have Sky+ even set up recordings. Of note, it does not have to be Sky+ it could be Virgin, or a freeview box of some sort.
If you are away from home, you have to do some extra setting up for watching outside of your home network. Again this was easy and once done, you can (in theory) watch from anywhere in the world.
This is a superb product, no ongoing payments, Just works! Brilliant!
Summary: If you want to watch Sky when out and about this does the job superbly
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