Sling Media Slingbox 350 Review - Is It Really TV Anywhere?

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Cord cutting, as they call it, is incredibly popular and will probably only increase as the cable companies merge into entities that many people are no longer happy with. That being said, there are some people who simply want to be able to access their television from wherever they are, on whatever device they happen to have in their hand at the time. That is just where the Slingbox 350 comes in. There aren’t many devices like it that are worth while, so it is well worth the time to take a deeper look at just what it can do for you.

What Is A Slingbox?
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A Slingbox is a relatively new development. There have been apps out for a while now that allow you to watch shows from different providers whenever you want, wherever you want, and sometimes in real time, but the Slingbox is the first to do it in this way.

The way it works is simple: You buy one of these small devices and plug it into your television directly, or else into your DVR. Really it can work with any analog source, though. Whatever video signal is sent into the Slingbox will be turned into a digital signal and sent to your smartphone, tablet, PC, or laptop. It’s a lot like using the Netflix app, except it gives you your direct television signal whenever you want it.

How’s The Price?

A lot of people would rather not spend a lot of money on a complicated rig to get their TV to them. That isn’t a problem here. The box itself is $149.99 from Amazon, which is a steal considering the power that it has. Of course, you’ll also have to pay for apps on your smartphone and tablet, but it isn’t much and you shouldn’t be too worried about it if you already pay to play Angry Birds.

But Does It Work?

It works incredibly well given what many people have come to expect from streaming technology. The only problem might be that the signal is limited by your own bandwidth at home, but if you have a high speed internet connection there is nothing to worry about. Unless, of course, you have a dozen movies downloading at home while you’re out trying to stream the new episode of Community.

Using it is easy. It takes about 45 seconds for the stream to auto configure and optimize itself, but after that you’re good to go. The resolution reaches 1080p if you have a device that is capable of handling it, so you don’t have to worry about a loss in quality either. That is especially true when you consider the 30 minutes of buffered video that it provides.

Controlling the Slingbox is as easy as using a television demoted. The full remote that it features looks a lot like a DVR menu, making it easy to find just the program to watch.

Is It Worth It?

Certainly. The Slingbox 350 is the middle ground between those who want to just stream everything they watch, and those who like their cable connection just fine. If you don’t want to ditch the cord just yet, this is a great way to always have access to your content, regardless of where you are or what electronic gadget you’re wanting to watch it on. It really is TV Anywhere.
 

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