Can’t get enough televised sports? Don’t sweat it… we get it.
That’s why we want to take this opportunity to tell you about the Slingbox 500, a device that allows you to access every channel of your cable subscription on your laptop, other televisions, your tablet or your smartphone — from anywhere in the world.
With March Madness kicking off this week, this product will come in extremely handy because the last thing you want is to be stuck somewhere without a TV to access to all that glorious college basketball action. And with the NHL and NBA playoffs also just around the corner — not to mention the new MLB season — the reasons for being able to watch from anywhere are about to go through the roof.
Retailing for approximately US$329.99, Sling Media’s Slingbox 500 offers users a superior television experience by allowing you the flexibility of watching whatever you want from anywhere you want — as long as you’re connected to the Internet, you’re good to go.
Why should you be limited to experiencing your cable television in your living room? Hello?! You have the power to watch whatever you want, wherever you want, on almost whatever device you want. It’s 2016, people. Okay, so we don’t all have jetpacks yet, but the Slingbox 500 definitely helps take the sting out of that.
The best part? There are no restrictions or blackouts and you won’t be subjected to any extra cable fees or any subscription rates. How sweet is that?
Ideal for world travelers who love their TV, this device also allows you to watch your own cable on another TV that is connected to a Chromecast, Roku, Amazon Fire or Apple TV. Want to play and schedule DVR recordings? You can do it through the Slingbox.
The unit connects through your TV’s HDMI port, and is a snap to install thanks to a wide array of included cables and simple on-screen set up. There’s flexibility here, as you can either connect it to your DVR, your satellite receiver or a cable set-top box, either through HDMI and the component or composite sources.
The Slingbox 500 has built-in WiFi, so you can wirelessly access your personal videos and photos from your iOS or Android phone when using SlingSync and SlingProjector (sold separately).
The Slingbox is a compact and sleek-looking device, and the back of the unit boasts ports for USB, network, HDMI in and out, plus room for a dozen cables.
Open the box, and you’ll find: the Slingbox 500; AC adapter; component video cable; composite video cable; Ethernet cable; HDMI cable; IR emitter cable; stereo audio cable; a remote; and the owner’s manual.
The Slingbox will likely sit comfortably right on top of your cable box.
When you have the unit up and running, you can access the home TV interface or use the Slingplayer for iPad interface (sold separately). With the latter you’ll get this cool gallery view that makes finding programs easier. Intuitive filters will also help you locate what you want to watch. But that’s not all. Sports fans will love the live sports stats feed this feature includes. How cool is that?
The Slingplayer also includes social media integration, a tool which helps take your TV viewing experience into the new media age. #Slingtacular
This is truly a product designed with the sports lover in mind. Not only can you easily watch whatever games your cable provider airs, but the live sports scores and stats feed will have you entering another dimension of sports heaven.
Love movies? The Blockbuster on Demand app will provide you access to movies galore. Cheese doodles are not included, however. Having said that, the handy remote control included is black, so the orange stains won’t show.
Another advantage of the Slingbox 500 is that with the remote control and the on-screen program guide, you can manage your entire home theatre. Now you’re playing with power, my peeps.
Oh sure, your current cable or satellite provider probably has some kind of app you can use to watch programming remotely, right? While that’s true, it’s also true that in most cases, the best you can hope for with those apps is access to around a quarter of the channels your cable offers. With the Slingbox 500, you’ll be able to access every channel in your cable lineup.
You can purchase the product from the Slingbox store, as well as big U.S. retailers like BestBuy, Walmart, Amazon.com, Target and TigerDirect. In Canada, try Walmart, Staples, Amazon.ca and BestBuy.
Speaking of Amazon.com, Slingbox is currently running some offers there, which you can check out here. And as a special treat for all RotoRob.com readers, we’ll be running a contest to give away a free Slingbox 500. Watch for details over the next few days.
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Now it’s your turn. Have you tried this device? Let us know in the comments what you think of it.
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