Sling Media Slingbox 500

  • Sling Media Slingbox 500
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  • IR blasters are built into the box’s body.
  • Beautiful 1080p video streaming.
  • Finally works over Wi-Fi.


  • At close to $300, it's fairly expensive.
  • Smartphone- and tablet-viewing apps cost extra.

Expert reviews and ratings

By The Unwired on

Ever, since I got my first Slingbox Classic back in 2006 (right in time for the Football World Cup at that time), I was thrilled by Sling Media's easy-to-use place-shift technology which allowed to stream your linear home TV and recorded TV shows to a...

By Macworld on 80

Owners of Sling Media's top-of-the-line Slingbox 500 can now use their place-shifting set-top box to enjoy media from their smartphone on their HDTV. Sling Media activated the new feature, called SlingSync, via a firmware update to the Slingbox 500...

By on 73

As noted, Slingbox works with the SlingPlayer app, available through a number of devices. At press time, Netgear's NeoTV, Sony's Internet Player with Google TV, and the WD TV Live streaming media servers (among others) support the SlingPlayer app, which...

By TechReviewSource on 80

The Slingbox 500 is a streaming media device that streams video from your TV or DVR to your PC, smartphone or tablet at full 1080p HD resolution. It does this all without any monthly fees and without the need for annoying external IR blasters. One...

By CNET Australia on 80

While you'll pay a premium for its extra features, the Slingbox 500 is an excellent way to watch your TV or DVR video content...

By on

The Slingbox 500 is a small box that connects to your cable or satellite box and streams your full channel line-up to mobile apps on the iPhone, iPad and Android or a computer.Unlike online streaming services and cable apps, there is no limit to what...

By Wired on 50

UPDATE, 12:00PM Friday, October 19: This review was changed to clarify the level of video quality over component cables, and the available streaming media types from a USB drive.When was the last time you watched live TV? Save for sports, most of us...

By on

I've had a love/hate relationship with Slingbox for some time. I love it when it works and, well, I hate it when it doesn't. The reason previous Slingbox models would not work for me have to do with HDMI, HDCP (High-Bandwidith Digital Copy Protection) or...

By PC Mag on 80

The nicely updated Slingbox 500 remains the best way to watch cable TV channels and recorded content on the go from PCs and mobile devices, but the Slingbox concept is beginning to show its...

By LaptopMag on 70

The Slingbox 500 lets you watch high-def TV on the go in 1080p and features integrated Wi-Fi, but certain features aren't yet fully...

International Review By on

La Slingbox se révèle très facile à utiliser : une fois installée, il suffit de lancer l'application sur l'appareil de son choix pour pouvoir bénéficier de la télévision comme si l'on était chez soi. C'est un vrai plaisir lorsque l'on a un débit...