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Sling Media SlingBox Solo £89.99 (with voucher) + Free Delivery @ Play
Sling Media SlingBox Solo £89.99 (with voucher) + Free Delivery @ Play

Sling Media SlingBox Solo £89.99 (with voucher) + Free Delivery @ Play

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The Slingbox Solo is the perfect companion for your DVR, digital cable or satellite receiver. The Slingbox Solo allows you to watch and control live TV, or any other TV entertainment you have, anywhere you go. Using an Internet connected computer or wireless mobile device, you can watch and control your home TV, DVR, digital cable box or satellite receiver around town or around the globe. With a Slingbox SOLO you will never be separated from your favorite TV shows, sports broadcasts, breaking news stories, digital video recordings or video on demand. You have the ability to fast-forward, rewind, pause, and everything else.

Specifications
* Watch and control your home TV from anyhere
* Ability to rewind, fast forward and pause
* Box Contents:
* 1 x Slingbox SOLO
* 1 x AC Adapter (100-240V 50-60Hz)
* 1 x SCART to RCA Adapter
* 1 x Ethernet Cable
* 1 x Quick Start Guide
* 1 x Composite AV Cable
* 1 x Remote Control IR Cable

34 Comments

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Voted hot for price.

But not sure what the solo offers over the older slingbox classic, which is still available from time to time at around £50. Available new from a market place seller on amazon for £49 delivered at the moment. Sometimes comes up at expansys at that sort of price too.

I wish i was a tech nerd & knew how to work one of these.

Is quite easy actually, just follow the instruction. I set one up this year and is very good quality on iphone.

ryan7;6986304

I wish i was a tech nerd & knew how to work one of these.



It's really not difficult, be confident and give it a go. Quite easy to follow instructions come with it. The manufacturer has guide online too:

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a0911091837;6986362

Is quite easy actually, just follow the instruction. I set one up this … Is quite easy actually, just follow the instruction. I set one up this year and is very good quality on iphone.



Which needs the extra software surely?

I have a Classic, and personally find it a bit of a waste of time, rarely even switch it one these days
Makes sure you will use it, as it just isn't as much use as I thought it would be! (and I paid a lot less than this too!)

If you already own an older slingbox you can get a rebate on this of £25 I think, taking it down to about £65.

vialli25;6987762

If you already own an older slingbox you can get a rebate on this of £25 … If you already own an older slingbox you can get a rebate on this of £25 I think, taking it down to about £65.



I don't seen any benefits of this over the 'classic' though. Are there any that I am missing?

The classic has an inbuilt freeview tuner too, which this doesn't.

Flake99;6987809

The classic has an inbuilt freeview tuner too, which this doesn't.



Ah... it's that I am most likely to use in the first place, although it is the worlds LEAST sensitive tuner, which means it gets about half of the channels that the same aerial will provide on any other Freeview receiver!

Just installed the software on Window 7 today, otherwise I can't actually remember the last time I used mine! (Works fine on the 64 bit version, btw!)

nihcaj;6986890

I have a Classic, and personally find it a bit of a waste of time, rarely … I have a Classic, and personally find it a bit of a waste of time, rarely even switch it one these daysMakes sure you will use it, as it just isn't as much use as I thought it would be! (and I paid a lot less than this too!)


I have one in the States and use it to watch saturday afternoon premiership football and I use my UK one while I am at work. If you travel a lot they are great as well.

I'm looking for a device to transmit freeview to the bedroom as I have no aerial connection in the bedroom and a portable indoor digital aerial won't pick any channels up either. Will this be suitable, assuming I get the catcher too? Or, is there a cheaper alternative? Thanks

Classic same as Pro?

drobinsonx;6991359

I'm looking for a device to transmit freeview to the bedroom as I have no … I'm looking for a device to transmit freeview to the bedroom as I have no aerial connection in the bedroom and a portable indoor digital aerial won't pick any channels up either. Will this be suitable, assuming I get the catcher too? Or, is there a cheaper alternative? Thanks



Depending on range an IR Sender/Receiver might work.

nihcaj;6986873

Which needs the extra software surely?



You need to pay for and download the Slingplayer App from the iTunes store. It only works over wi-fi unless you have a jailbroken phone running 3G Unrestrictor. I guess if your phone is jalbroken you may also be able to skip over the "pay for" step but I couldn't possibly comment.

My classic doesn't support PVR functions such as rewind, should it?

I have the classic and the SlingPlayer software supports pausing and rewinding just fine. However the Solo will work with the iPhone SlingPlayer app but the classic will not as it was not designed to.

Petetobin;6992114

My classic don't support PVR functions such as rewind, should it?



Have you downloaded version 2 of the slingplayer software? You can pause, rewind etc. using that with the classic.

nobetterboy;6992580

I have the classic and the SlingPlayer software supports pausing and … I have the classic and the SlingPlayer software supports pausing and rewinding just fine. However the Solo will work with the iPhone SlingPlayer app but the classic will not as it was not designed to.



That's a bit disappointing. The classic works fine with windows mobile software though. Works well too, over wifi or 3g.

I have v2 of the iPhone App and it works fine on my classic but no PVR functions. When I try to use them it says my box doesn't support them. I will check if my firmware is up to date.

drobinsonx;6991359

I'm looking for a device to transmit freeview to the bedroom as I have no … I'm looking for a device to transmit freeview to the bedroom as I have no aerial connection in the bedroom and a portable indoor digital aerial won't pick any channels up either. Will this be suitable, assuming I get the catcher too? Or, is there a cheaper alternative? Thanks



Petetobin;6992063

Depending on range an IR Sender/Receiver might work.



Been using one (well two actually!) for about ten years now.

Cheap as muck now for the 2.4Ghz type About 30 quid or less, (I paid 110 quid for the first one I had!), a lot more expensive for the 53.8Ghz which is less interference prone, but doesn't travel so far/well through walls apparently.

Petetobin;6993072

I have v2 of the iPhone App and it works fine on my classic but no PVR … I have v2 of the iPhone App and it works fine on my classic but no PVR functions. When I try to use them it says my box doesn't support them. I will check if my firmware is up to date.



Updated all my software but still no DVR controls on the iPhone.

Think I may have the wrong end of the stick here. Whilst the PC version of the software has the ability to cache the stream locally on your HD, I am guessing that on the iPhone you can't do this and the only way of doing this is to connect to a device which has DVR capabilities like a Sky Plus box. Am I right?

nihcaj;6986890

I have a Classic, and personally find it a bit of a waste of time, rarely … I have a Classic, and personally find it a bit of a waste of time, rarely even switch it one these daysMakes sure you will use it, as it just isn't as much use as I thought it would be! (and I paid a lot less than this too!)



I have a Classic and I use it (on my NC10 netbook with XP) often at work and on my 4 trips abroad this year (Africa/Europe/USA) and I've had no problems at all.

I love it. :thumbsup:

Flake99;6986294

Voted hot for price.But not sure what the solo offers over the older … Voted hot for price.But not sure what the solo offers over the older slingbox classic, which is still available from time to time at around £50. Available new from a market place seller on amazon for £49 delivered at the moment. Sometimes comes up at expansys at that sort of price too.



I got my classic in a sale in PC World last Christmas at half-price, £25

Not a bad idea, but I doubt that many people would get much use out of one of these. If you have SKY TV you can control that over the internet. It costs extra, but then if you are not shelling out £90....

pugboy;6995749

Not a bad idea, but I doubt that many people would get much use out of … Not a bad idea, but I doubt that many people would get much use out of one of these. If you have SKY TV you can control that over the internet. It costs extra, but then if you are not shelling out £90....



You can, but most people use the Slingbox for watching TV whilst they are overseas and this is blocked by Sky, BBC etc (yes I know I could use a proxy server). There are other product such as Orb which do the same job but I have found this to be by far the best solution. If you simply want to watch tv on your iPhone while you are in the UK over 3G then iphone.tvcatchup.com does the job.

is anyone using this with ADSL broadband?, i've got a feeling the upstream bandwidth just isn't going to cut it.

edit: i read on the sling site it needs a minimum of 256kbp upstream.

uzubairu;6994973

I have a Classic and I use it (on my NC10 netbook with XP) often at work … I have a Classic and I use it (on my NC10 netbook with XP) often at work and on my 4 trips abroad this year (Africa/Europe/USA) and I've had no problems at all.I love it. :thumbsup:



I didn't say I have problems, just it has a very insensitive Freeview tuner, so it needs an aerial that pulls LOTS of signal in - I get all channels on every other receiver with the same aerial, but only a few on this.
Yes it does what it says it does, just it rarely even gets switched on, it's just one of those pieces of kit that seems like as good idea, but sticking a few files on the Laptop tends to be the preferred solution to mobile entertainment!

sbadger;6996002

is anyone using this with ADSL broadband?, i've got a feeling the … is anyone using this with ADSL broadband?, i've got a feeling the upstream bandwidth just isn't going to cut it.edit: i read on the sling site it needs a minimum of 256kbp upstream.



Speed? Once I got rid of BT's wing-and-a-prayer service, that's something I don't even think about that any more!

My heart bleeds for you if that's all you can use :-(

Bethere is ADSL as it should be from BT, but I know not everyone has the option.

ummm... could you not just get SKY+®?

dromoreboy;6998929

ummm... could you not just get SKY+®?



A slingbox is something you might get in addition to sky plus. To put it simply, you plug the slingbox into your sky box and into your broadband router. Then, using the slingplayer software, you can watch your sky box (or virgin or whatever it is plugged into) live wherever you are on a computer. Upstairs, at work, or even abroad. The sofware has a virtual remote control to match the original sky one, and you can change channles, access recorded programmes etc just as you would if watching your sky box at home.

Has many good uses. Nice for people who travel a lot around the country for work. Good to put the box at a friend's or family member's house if they have SKY and you don't. Great for expats as well.

Also can get mobile version of the software so you can watch your sky or cable on your iphone or windows mobile phone. But that software costs extra (£30 for the windows mobile version, no idea about the iphone one)

Flake99;7000165

A slingbox is something you might get in addition to sky plus. To put it … A slingbox is something you might get in addition to sky plus. To put it simply, you plug the slingbox into your sky box and into your broadband router. Then, using the slingplayer software, you can watch your sky box (or virgin or whatever it is plugged into) live wherever you are on a computer. Upstairs, at work, or even abroad. The sofware has a virtual remote control to match the original sky one, and you can change channles, access recorded programmes etc just as you would if watching your sky box at home.Has many good uses. Nice for people who travel a lot around the country for work. Good to put the box at a friend's or family member's house if they have SKY and you don't. Great for expats as well.



I couldn't have said it any better.

Flake99;7000165

A slingbox is something you might get in addition to sky plus. To put it … A slingbox is something you might get in addition to sky plus. To put it simply, you plug the slingbox into your sky box and into your broadband router. Then, using the slingplayer software, you can watch your sky box (or virgin or whatever it is plugged into) live wherever you are on a computer. Upstairs, at work, or even abroad. The sofware has a virtual remote control to match the original sky one, and you can change channles, access recorded programmes etc just as you would if watching your sky box at home.Has many good uses. Nice for people who travel a lot around the country for work. Good to put the box at a friend's or family member's house if they have SKY and you don't. Great for expats as well.Also can get mobile version of the software so you can watch your sky or cable on your iphone or windows mobile phone. But that software costs extra (£30 for the windows mobile version, no idea about the iphone one)



Cheers for the explanation. Is it possible to watch a different channel via Sling to what somebody else is watching at the same time on Sky?

Cashisgone;7008490

Cheers for the explanation. Is it possible to watch a different channel … Cheers for the explanation. Is it possible to watch a different channel via Sling to what somebody else is watching at the same time on Sky?



Unfortunately not. Using your 'virtual remote', you are changing the channel on the SKY box at home in real time. Although if you buy the slingbox 'classic' model then it has a built in freeview tuner, so you could watch something different to what is being watched at home as long as it is on freeview. But keep in mind that that won't work with the model in this deal - the 'solo' which doesn't have built in freeview.

I know of a couple of people who are expats, who have basically paid a mate the £10 a month that it costs for SKY multiroom and then basically hijacked that second box as their own from abroad, getting the full package that that person subscribes to. So that is a way around it if you want it for regular use abroad, or say regular use at uni of a parent's SKY but don't want to disturb their own vieweing by changing what they are watching.

There is also another product by the company that you can buy in addition to a slingbox, called a slingcatcher. That can plug into a tv and has its own remote, so useful for some at the watching end who don't want to watch the streamed TV on a computer or have to connect their laptop to their TV. But the slingcatcher isn't especially cheap and you will need to buy both that and a slingbox. See here at amazon for example (£166):

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I am pretty sure it won't be long before this technology gets incorporated into Freesat boxes so that way rather than routing the output from the second LNB onto the hard drive to record it, it could be routed out over the internet to your Slingplayer. I am not sure if Sky could offer this though due to rights restrictions.
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