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2008-10-19 02:56 PM
stationg
Quote:
Originally Posted by wysiwyg View Post
Very simply:

The Slingbox is a personal broacaster (it broadcasts your cable box as a stream on your network and over the internet).

The Slingcatcher is a receiver. It takes the signal from your slingbox (either on your local network or over the internet) and converts it back into a signal that you can display on any TV.

The Slingcatcher can do other things like play video files from storage devices, as well as display images from a computer (Projector)
Thank u! Very clear understanding now. If I want to view internet content from MAC to TV this would be the way? Understanding of course that HD is not available.

Internet content as streaming? e.g if I am watching NBA basketball off the internet it will stream to the TV?

Thanks
2008-10-19 02:55 PM
springle
Personal Preferences

When I first read about the SlingBox I was disappointed as it did just the opposite of what I wanted. I have zero interest in watching video on my PC. Rather I want to watch video downloads on my 46-inch LCD.

Then I read about the forthcoming SlingShot which seemed to be an answer to my interests. Meanwhile I purchased the TivX as the SlingShot never materialized.

No the TivX does not control remote SlingBoxes. Nor will it play PAL video when set to NTSC. Isn't France using SECAM video standard, wysiwyg? Does the SlingBox/Catcher convert video somewhere along the way?

However, I do watch video from other countries. I simiply download it (not using Torrent or any P2P). For example, I have a dozen or so episodes of Australian Gladiators and Gladiators UK. Also some weird game shows from Japan. An action program from France. It's all there if you know where and how to look. Video is usually contained in AVI, but also MKV. Quality is up to 1080p with no jaggies. And I watch these on my real TV, not a PC.

So, for me the SlingCatcher has a "catchy" name, but does not satisfy any personal utilitiy and is a little short on features - 1080i rather than 1080p and a FAT32 file restriction. Don't know about audio, but the TivX puts through most audio (5.1, 6.1), but not yet 7.1 or uncompressed streams. It does not need to be connected to a PC or a router to function.

To each his own...
2008-10-19 02:54 PM
wysiwyg Very simply:

The Slingbox is a personal broacaster (it broadcasts your cable box as a stream on your network and over the internet).

The Slingcatcher is a receiver. It takes the signal from your slingbox (either on your local network or over the internet) and converts it back into a signal that you can display on any TV.

The Slingcatcher can do other things like play video files from storage devices, as well as display images from a computer (Projector)
2008-10-19 02:04 PM
Classof83 The SlingCatcher connects to the TV you are streaming to, and it must be connected to a router.

It can stream content from your computer to a TV, or from a cable box / satellite box that is connected to the SlingBox at another TV (placeshifting your original TV source to another TV). The SlingBox has to be connected to the same router in the home, but on the road, you log onto your Sling account and it picks up your SlingBox over the Internet. Of course upload speed is of importance when viewing over the Internet, as well as download speed for watching HD TV (which the SlingCatcher is not capable of yet).
2008-10-19 01:24 PM
stationg
Setup? connection?

I am a bit confused. Where does the Slingcatcher connect?

Does it connect to my TV? Then I stream using a network to the Slingcatcher and then it relays to my TV?

I am trying to figure out if this is wired or wireless?

My main use for this is to stream VIDEO content from Mac to TV.
2008-10-19 10:12 AM
Classof83 Canuck, that review was for the SlingBox Pro-HD. It streams very nicely to the PC. It does not come with a remote though, only the SlingCatcher does.

Compressed HD video is about 13 to 14 Mbps, depending on your cable / satellite provider, and OTA HD is about 19.3 Mbps. So your Internet connection wonít be able to download HD video, as most providers max out at 10 Mbps.

I tried the SlingCatcher, although on a local home network. The SlingCatcher was only connected to a 20″ non-HD TV. No frames were dropped when I streamed it over the home network. I used D-Linkís Powerline connectors to connect the SlingCatcher to my router over my home electrical network, while I had a direct connection between my SlingBox Pro HD and the router.

But the picture did look grainy at times. For instance, when watching Leno last night, Lenoís suit was pixelated beyond belief. But other parts of the set were fine, and when other things were shown in the same broadcast, everything looked great. Commercials also looked non-grainy during Leno. So basically it was only Lenoís suit that looked bad.

Like I mentioned, the overall picture is a bit softer than my cable source on the same TV, but it still looks very good when there are no artifacts introduced.

I am not sure if I am going to keep everything at this point. It is nice to have my satellite box accessible upstairs without running RG-6 cable throughout the house, but this isnít a cheap setup, and Iím not sure how HD will look on a home network if I do upgrade my TV to HD. I still have not tried it outside the home network, as I have not travelled yet.
2008-10-19 08:17 AM
wysiwyg
Quote:
Originally Posted by canuck View Post
http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-medi...-32815136.html

Picture quality is HORRIBLE"
by chambcm on September 29, 2008
Pros: Not much; perhaps the remote.
Cons: Terrible picture and sound quality.
Summary: Do not buy this product if your intent is to use outside of the US (and maybe your home). I tried from Europe and was extremely disappointed.
I use mine with a SlingBox connected in France. That connection is 865Kb up. Hoodked up to my Tube TV here in Toronto, the picture is sharp, the sound is as good as the original source and the pixelization is not that bad (unless watching sports/fast moving scenes)... Anyhow, it beats my expectations!

Just 3 things to remember to ensure you get the most of the product:

1. Source is very important, so if possible, don't use the built-in Tuner (unless in DVB-T), but rather external boxes (such as Digital cable, Sat or ADSL TV boxes)

2. Ensure the upstream at the remote location is above 600kbps. Obviously, the higher the better.

3. Always switch the resolution to high (need 600Kbps to do this, see above). This will give you a much crisper picture.
2008-10-19 08:10 AM
wysiwyg One question Pringle...

Does the TivX stream and control SlingBoxes? That's the main purpose of the SlingCatcher. (I couldn't care less about the media player or projector features).
2008-10-18 05:18 PM
springle
A Year Late And Features Short

I have a device called a TivX which does exactly what I want it to do.

While awaiting the filling of a prescription at London Drugs I browsed the Computer Store and noticed that Slingcatcher had finally arrived.

I read the details on the box and 2 things jumped out at me. The highest resolution was 1080i. My year old TivX has HDMI 1.3a and outputs 1080p (and can connect wirelessly and via CAT4/5 and can have a tuner added to turn it into a PVR and can have an internal HDD as well as 2 NTFS USB HDDs attached to it).

Secondly, any attached USB hard drive to the Slingcatcher must be formatted in FAT32, thus eliminating file sizes over 4 GB.

So I concluded it was a year late and some features short.
2008-10-18 03:23 PM
canuck
review from cnet

http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-medi...-32815136.html

Picture quality is HORRIBLE"
by chambcm on September 29, 2008
Pros: Not much; perhaps the remote.
Cons: Terrible picture and sound quality.
Summary: Do not buy this product if your intent is to use outside of the US (and maybe your home). I tried from Europe and was extremely disappointed.
2008-10-18 10:38 AM
ToujoursDan I hope they develop a small portable version of this that you can throw in your luggage for those long nights in your hotel when basic cable just isn't enough.
2008-10-12 06:41 PM
Classof83 The D-Link powerline connectors do get very hot. That is one of the reasons why I would like to return them and go with a wireless bridge.

Plus it would just be cooler (pardon the pun) to go with a wireless solution. With the powerline connectors, it is not a true wireless solution. But a bridge requires it to be setup via a computer, right? I am assuming the SlingCatcher will not be able to set this up. Sling Media cannot give me a straight answer still.

Even with a wireless G network, I can stream full video to my laptop via the SlingBox, and also stream full movies (even HD) from my PC to my TV via the D-Link Media Server, so I think the G network is capable in terms of the SlingCatcher.
2008-10-12 06:13 PM
JohnnyCanuck I doubt you'll get better throughput from a wireless bridge than from the powerline ehternet. The only problem I had with that D-Link powerline kit was the heat from the adapters, but throughput was everybit as good as wireless N.
2008-10-12 04:44 PM
Classof83 Hey Johnny... I was streaming to a non-HD. I know in the setup the max resolution is 640 by 480. But even streaming non-HD channels to a non-HD, the picture looks a little softer than compared to other sources on the same TV. But it still looks really good, and I am still amazed that I have not seen a single frame drop in over 2 hours of watching the unit now.

Does anyone know if a ethernet bridge can be connected to the back of the unit to communicate to the router, or does it have to be hard wired to the router? I know a wireless USB key is not an option, as the USB ports are only for playback on the unit. Currently, I am connected to the router via the D-Link Powerline connector that works via the home electrical circuit.
2008-10-12 12:45 PM
JohnnyCanuck Not sure if your source is HD, but the SlingCatcher does not stream in HD. It streams, at best, 640x480.

SlingMedia does say they are planning to roll out an upgrade for the SlingCatcher that will stream in HD, but no ETA. Until then, the SlingCatcher is going to provide a lower quality picture than your source.
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