slingbox

How can I get my Slingbox to work again?

Episode 1353

Mike from Newport Beach,CA
Slingbox

Mike bought a Slingbox about six years ago and it worked great as he traveled the world. But now with iOS 10, it doesn't work. So now he has to bring along another iPad with the old version of iOS 9 on it. Leo says that's likely going to be the only fix. Dish bought Sling and converted it to a TV service. Now it's effectively 'end of life' for the previous hardware because they want people to spend $10 a month to stream it.

How can I watch two different programs on my Roku via Slingbox?

Episode 1197

Doug from Diamond Bar, CA
Slingbox 500

Doug wants to know if he can use an HDMI splitter to divide his Slingbox with his Roku Box and control both. Leo says no because he won't be able to control them. Older Slingboxes have up to five HDMI ports in the back (the Slingbox 500 only has one), so if he has an older Slingbox, he could daisy chain them and control them. But Doug should remember that only one person can control it.

How can I stream video from South America?

Episode 1139

Joe from San Diego, CA
Uruguay flag

Joe is moving to Uruguay and he's finding that he can't use Netflix or other streaming video services there. This is just because many of the popular streaming services don't work in all countries. If he had a house in the US with a cable subscription, he could use HBO Go, or Time Warner cable's app.

ScooterX says that Netflix is in Uruguay now, but it'll be a limited catalog. Could he Slingbox with a friend's account? Leo says that would be one way to do it.

How can I use a satellite dish with my RV?

Georgeanne from Pomona, CA

Episode 1044

Georgeanna has an RV and a satellite dish. She's thinking about using Slingbox and a Hotspot with her cellphone, but that'll impact her data plan. Leo says that will definitely hurt the data plan, and the quality won't be all that great even over 4G. Slingbox is a good option though if she can get Wi-Fi connected to it. There are self aiming satellite antennas, but they aren't cheap.

What's the difference between the Slingbox 350 and Slingbox 500?

Episode 1036

Stephanie from Arcadia, CA
Slingbox

Stephanie wants to know what the difference is between the Slingbox 350 and the Slingbox 500. The main two differences is that the Slingbox 500 has Wi-Fi built in, if the cable modem isn't close to the TV, and it's also in HD. So if the modem is close to the TV, Leo thinks she'd be fine getting the Slingbox 350.

How can I use my Slingbox with DirecTV? (Part 1)

Episode 1006

Dale from Palmdale, CA
Slingbox

Dale has a Slingbox, and ever since he updated his Slingbox app on his phone, it won't work unless he uses the HDMI cable. Slingbox says it's the HDCP copy protection of DirecTV. Leo says that this is most likely true. Leo recommends checking to make sure his HDMI cable is HDCP compliant. It sounds like DirecTV is turning on copy-protection to frustrate users of devices like the SlingBox.

How can I access my home DVR on the road?

Episode 972

Ken from Wisconsin
Slingbox

Ken is a trucker and he wants to know how he can access his home DVR. Leo says SLINGBOX is the way to go. All he'll need is an internet connection and he can watch live TV from a laptop, tablet or even a smartphone. He should just make sure to have two tuners in his satellite so he doesn't change the channel on people at home. Dish has a deal with Slingbox that has a DVR with Slingbox built-in.

What's the best way to watch TV from out of the country?

Episode 962

Tammy from Los Angeles, CA

Tammy is going to Europe for about 8 months and wants to know if the SlingBox would be a good way to watch US TV. Leo advises getting the Slingbox 500. It has HDMI, HD, and WiFi and it's easy to set up. And yes, they'd be great for accessing a DVR at home while they're traveling. As long as they have an internet connection, they can access the Slingbox.

How can I watch DirecTV on the road?

Kevin from Oregon

Episode 955

Leo says that there's an app for that. The DirecTV app for iPhone and iPad would allow him to turn his iPhone and iPad into a mobile TV. He could log in and watch, record to his DVR, etc. It's limited right now on what people can watch, but it can be a solution.

Another solution is the SlingBox, which would enable him to watch anything from any internet connection, and they have an app as well ($29). He can watch content from his DVR, too.