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About Sling Media

The Sling Media Slingbox 500 turns your laptop, high resolution tablet or Smartphone into a TV. You'll never be separated from your favorite TV shows, sporting events, breaking news stories and more. The Slingbox 500 delivers stunning picture quality, Full HD at 1080p. With the easy to use on-screen remote control and program guide, you can take full control of your TV from anywhere in the world. Besides real time TV shows, the Slingbox 500 is capable of playing recorded shows stored on your DVR and controlling your DVR anywhere. And now you can wirelessly archive and enjoy your personal photos and videos on the big screen at home or wherever you go with SlingSync and SlingProjector. Get more out of your TV with the top of the line Slingbox 500.

Sling Media Features

  • Easy to connect: Connecting the Slingbox 500 to any audio-video (AV) source is breeze. You can hook up your Slingbox 500 to thousands of compatible standard-definition (SD) or high-definition (HD) sources, including digital video recorders (DVRs), digital cable set-top boxes and satellite receivers
  • Watch slingbox on your PC: View your favorite TV shows, sporting events and DVR recordings from your PC or Mac, anytime. It's as easy as creating a Sling account and connecting to your Slingbox over a high-speed Internet connection
  • Watch slingplayer from your mobile device: Enjoy your favorite shows in Full HD quality at 1080p resolution over the Internet on your compatible smartphones or tablets using SlingPlayer software- anywhere, anytime
  • You are in control: With the on-screen remote control and program guide, you can change channels, schedule recordings on your DVR, fast forward, rewind, pause and play
  • No monthly fee: Watch and control your TV and its programming on your compatible device with no monthly subscription fee

Sling Media Specifications

Sling box Type
Network Media Devices
Native Resolution
HDMI / Component / Composite
Intel Core 2 Duo or better
Graphics Card
DirectX 9 Class video card with more than 256 MB of dedicated memory
Operating Systems Supported
OS X 10.6 (or later)
Windows Vista (or later)
LAN Connection
Mfr #

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Most Liked Positive Review


Great Product, just one missing feature

I love my slingbox. I use it all the time on my phone and my ipad. The only thing that is missing is the ability to stream it to another TV well. I currently stream it to my ipad and then use mirroring on Apply TV, but if there was an app for Apple TV that made it full screen would be so much better.


Most Liked Negative Review


Slingbox 500

I bought this to watch programs off my DVR while away from the device. The playback is not the quality I thought it would be and most of the time is choppy and the sound is not with the picture. Sometimes it is virtually impossible to even watch the show I want because it is so bad. This happens with live TV as well. This item is not near the quality I expected, especially based on the price paid. I recommend you do something to remedy the problem

Reviewed by 580 customers


abig step bacward from sling


from pa

i bought this to replace a dead pro-hd. sorry to say this is a step backward from sling, not a step forward. needed a new sling to watch sling on my fire tv. but this product is clunky to setup, does not have manual ip setup, and genrally is not very fluid in gui and function. best bet is to go to a m1. I am also dismayed in the fact that the optical audio was remove, so I am not ble to stream 5.1 anymore. the hdmi is only usefull for a hdmi attaced dvd player or laptop, not for tv


What an awesome way to save money


from Edgartown, MA, United States

I bought this so we wouldn't have to pay 2 cable bills. Score!! Works perfectly paired with our Roku 3


Just as I was hoping for...


from Michigan, United States

I bought a Slingbox 500 recently for a vacation home and it worked perfectly! I was primarily watching on a TV through a ROKU and smartphone, and this works great although using the phone for the remote is a bit cumbersome. I suppose next trip I'll try a tablet or maybe direct from a laptop. There were only a handful of instances when the feed was "buffering.." and the video quality was excellent. I really like the PC app that has the onscreen remote.


Doesn't work with Comcast


from Seattle, WA, United States

It works great if never want to change the channels that it's on Comcast won't allow that.


An amazing product


from Missouri, United States

I love the Sling box and I just got my 2nd box after 4 years of using the old model. Great product and service. Thanks


Great potential if support was better


from Phoenix, AZ, United States

I bought a Slingbox 500. A large sticker on the box says free Sling TV. I cancelled a trial account I had with my FireStick. There is no slingTV just my own stuff from my TV sat. service. I cannot find any help in forums or support. I have followed all of the directions. I have also connected two different hard drives. The box does not recognize them. The link in the quick start directions for media drives takes me to a page that no longer exist. I feel a bit misled. Bad directions and support.


Great product!


from Boonton, NJ, United States

I just added my second Slingbox 500. I use it to watch TV in my office, in my vacation home, on the road in hotels and to stream in my home to TVs with Roku or AppleTV so I don't have to pay a monthly fee for extra cable boxes.




from LA, CA, United States

All I have is a hdmi conection. almost everything is protected. Wish you would say this on the box.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


So Close...


from Seattle, WA, United States

My wife bought me one of these a year or two ago. We managed to get around the HDCP protection by hooking up the HD component cables off the back of our old cable box. So, we were able to receive all of our HD channels and it worked great! However, we moved, got a new cable box that didn't have the component video out. Only HDMI for HD video. Since a good number of the channels have HDCP Protection, you can't get them over HDMI. So, you can only view your SD channels. I have mostly HD channels in my cable package, so the Slingbox just isn't for me. It used to fit my needs, but now with new cable equipment, it just doesn't fit anymore. I would recommend it to anyone who still has HD component video on their cable box, but if you only have HDMI, it isn't worth it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)




from San Carlos, Panama

i am working out of the country, and sling box is the answer to my prayers! I could not be more happy with my purchase experience, the promptness of delivery, the ease of set up, to the high quality of the customer service team. I could not recommend this product more strongly.

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