After a few years having the SlingBox Solo, I have decided to re-install SlingPlayer on my iPad, on my iPhone 4 and on my iPod Touch’s. I got to tell you that I miss it after all these time, because now, once again, I can Watch TV anywhere, but this time on my iPad, iPhone and my iPod Touch anywhere in the world, with or without WiFi. Whereas before, I was watching TV anywhere with my BlackBerry 8320 and the AT&T 8325 Phone. Wow, those are dinosaurs. But it beats sitting around in San Francisco Bay Area Traffic then. Now, Traffic in Jakarta, at least till I go back to the S.F. Bay Area.
Of course, in order for you to watch TV or your DVR anywhere is by installing SlingBox at $179 for SlingBox Solo. Sling has two box available, the HD or the Non-HD. I don’t see any reason on getting the SlingBox Pro HD, since upload isn’t nearly as fast as HD Quality, even though Sling supports HD upload up to 3Mbps, to get a minimum of 720p, you need an upload resolution greater than what your iPad can take and at least 40MBps of upload speed or greater.
SlingPlayer is not a Universal App in the App Store. So if you want to watch it on your iPad, you need to buy SlingPlayer for the iPad and another SlingPlayer App for the iPhone/iPod Touch. The App will set you back $29.99 each.
Though most of the time I watch TV at home, it’s convenient to watch TV anywhere at home, just carry your iPad with you anywhere. Sometimes I watch TV on the road, during heavy traffic, or whenever someone else is driving, like my driver in Jakarta. A lot of times, I watch TV anywhere at home. SlingBox connects to the internet, even if you are at home, it will re-route itself to the internet, then back. This could bog your internet speed at home since it has to upload and download at the same time. There is no option to watch locally without going through the hoop and loop, unless you get EyeTV by Elgato. But that’s an entire different system which requires a PC or Mac to run all the time. With SlingBox, you don’t need your PC or Mac to run.
How do I set mine up? I have a dedicated Cable box just for the SlingBox as well as A.C. Ryan PlayOnDVR HD as my DVR Recorder. This setup is perfect in case I need to watch something that no one else in my family wants to watch together, which usually happens during the morning when I watch the news. I put the Cable Box in one input with RCA Input and the DVR on the Component Input. Though the Solo can only have one input, the DVR is sharing the same input to my Cable Box, and since I set it up this way, I can watch recorded movies as well as any Channel at home, including HBO, Cinemax, Star, and my favorite, Discovery Turbo Channel.
It comes with an IR Cable, so I extend the cable in front of the Cable Box and the DVR.
The SlingPlayer is $30, and I bought it for my iPhone 4, which is compatible with iPod Touch as well. I have iPod Touch running around everywhere in my house, so I use them to watch TV as well or just hand the iPod Touch to my Son so he doesn’t bog my TV with Cartoon Channel.