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SlingPlayer for Mac OSX... finally!


SlingCommunity's Editor, Matt Whitlock, had a chance to catch up with
Brian Jaquet of Sling Media while at the Digital Life show in New York
in hopes of getting some information on the upcoming SlingPlayer for
Mac OSX, and included in the video interview is actual footage of
SlingPlayer Mac in action! As you'll see, SlingPlayer Mac is indeed
very real, and though missing a few features, it's looking like the Mac
community has a real treat in store for them.

No, this is not a hoax... Sling Media actually is releasing Mac software as advertised since January '06! Check out the rest of the story at SlingCommunity.

Slingbox + TiVo: More Uses Than Just Watching Recorded Shows

I should begin with a brief introduction: I have been a DirecTV + TiVo user for well over a year. After a few months of only using a “stock” DirecTiVo, I decided to move to the “dark side” and add a few “hacks.” The easiest way for me at the time was to use PTVupgrade’s PTVnet to add networking capability to my Samsung SIR-S4080R. I have since added four DirecTiVos to my network, and they also used PTVnet for networking. Due to my obvious interest in TiVo modification, I was asked by Lou Jacob to be a Moderator for the new community that contained his support forum – DVRplayground (also part of Capable Networks).

Free TiVo: Build a Better DVR out of an Old PC

by Ken Sharp
Published on Make Magazine

Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) have become a necessary luxury over the last several years. Millions of people rely on these devices to pause and rewind live television, and to keep track of broadcast schedules and record programs for them. Many consider them just as essential to their daily lives as their cell phones.

Slingbox PRO's HD Performance Reviewed

One of the most anticipated new features on the Slingbox PRO is its HDTV capable input. Though they use a standard HDMI port on the back of the Slingbox, you can’t actually connect a HDMI device directly to it. This port is designed for use with Sling Media’s HD dongle accessory, which is packaged and sold separately at an MSRP of $49. This adapter allows you to connect component video cables from your device to the Slingbox, and includes a pass-thru so you can still connect the component cables to your HDTV. Though a production model adapter wasn’t available at the time of this writing, Sling Media was kind enough to send Sling Community me a prototype unit to test out the HD performance of the Slingbox PRO.

Read the entire review here.

New Slingbox Review Round-up

Slingcommunity released three separate reviews for the new Slingboxes including the Slingbox Tuner, Slingbox A/V and the Slingbox PRO.

The Slingbox Tuner is Sling Media's newest little Slingbox for those consumers who have the "basic" needs... geeks with DVRs need not apply! The Tuner allows input from terrestrial antenna and basic cable only. The reviewer was confused as to why Sling Media would include a model that only accepts analog inputs which are supposed to be phased out by 2009, but for those with basic cable or antenna and high speed internet, the Tuner would be a good introduction to "slinging".

Review: MovieBeam Set-Top Box & Service

A few months ago, our Sling Media guy,
Jeremy, posted a thorough review of the
Moviebeam on-demand box and service on his blog, Live
Digitally
. From the article:

"Today, Moviebeam’s offering is, in a nutshell, $199 set-top
box that delivers up to 10 movies per week (it comes with 100 or so available to start!), available
in an instantaneous on-demand offering at prices ranging from $1.99 to $3.99 per movie. All movies
are available at either DVD or HDTV quality, and the box does not interfere with any other TV or
Internet offerings in your household. After some hands-on use, I have to say, the product is quite
fun to use, and a welcome addition to my home."

Satellite TV Services' DVR Receivers Compared


So you decided that you are going to switch to
Satellite TV and part of the decision is based on which DVR you get in
your package. Which of the two
nationwide services should you get? Dish Network or DirecTV? We are
not going to include the specialty Satellite TV services that have mainly
religious and/or ethnic programming. This article takes a look at your choices
and the major differences in the current DVR offerings. We won't cover the
various programming packages as there are too many packages and that
information is outside the scope of this article. If you’re interested,
Dish
and DirecTV
lay out their programming packages quite well on their websites.

Not one but three new Sling Media products making the FCC Rounds

As mentioned back on September 14th, TG Daily reported that Sling Media had received approval from the FCC for their first major hardware update to their award-winning Slingbox A/V. Well, according to Smartphone_Slinger on slingcommunity.com, one of our sister sites, Sling Media actually plans on releasing three new models.

Here's part of the post:


Model: SB220-100 - Called the "SlingBox Tuner" - It seems to just have Coax Inputs and Outputs (although the test configuration indicates that a remote PC was used to display what was being seen on the DVD, it would be great if it "could" also provide "RF out" when working as a client!)

Neuros Technology Releases Beta of Next-Gen DVR Called Neuros OSD

Neuros Technology has released the beta of what could become the next generation of DVRs called the Neuros OSD. The Neuros OSD (Open Source Device) is an open-source Linux set-top box that allows you to watch and listen to your media where and when you want to. Powered by a dual core multi-media processor, OSD can recprd from any souce and record to a variety of open formats so you can play your content on various devices from laptops to cell phones.

Neuros, with heavy community contributions, has created a very hackable product based on Linux with video recording and playback capabilities. Also, the device is fully networkable and allows USB host connections. Joe Born from Neuros Technology describes why OSD is revolutionary:

Mini-Review: Pocket Dish Tries to be iPod Video

Reviewed by Shawn Conaway, Gizmos for Geeks

Who says you can't take it with you? The Archos AV700E PocketDISH
lets you take your favorite movies and TV shows anywhere at anytime.
The PocketDISH is a portable DVR designed for recording content from
the DISH Network like a regular VCR. However, it is not limited to just
recording from the DISH Network. When in the TV docking pod, the AV700E
is able to capture video or audio from any standard video or audio
source, capturing audio as WAV and video as MPEG-47 video or AVI. You
can even use it to capture audio from your old audio cassettes. Content
can be moved the PocketDISH from your Mac, PC, digital camera, external
hard drive, or camcorder using the enclosed USB cable.

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