I really wanted to just email Sling about this but I can't find an email address, so here I am.
First off I want to say what I said in another post. Except for a few hitches, I think Slingbox is great. I have three. Also a Slingcatcher, and the iPhone and iPad app. I also picked up the WD live but.......don't think it's quite ready yet......anyway, I think I can call myself a loyal user. But, based on what I see right now, I don't think I'm going to be buying the new slingboxes.
Two big reasons.
One, lack of legacy (particularly Slingcatcher) support. The connected devices app is not good enough right now. If you're not going to support the sling catcher then make the app better. But is it really that hard to make a few adjustments to the new box or even, even (whispers) update the sling catcher?
Two. The new boxes seem better in a few ways but not THAT much better. What would have been great would have been putting slingplayer capability in it. I might have even understood your reasoning behind your lack of Slingcatcher support. Admittedly, this is upgradable, but if you do decide to do that PLEASE get it to work as well as the slingcatcher, which, on a wired network, is rock solid.
These days when everything is amazing, you have to go WAY further than a refresh or incremental upgrade if you want to break further into the mainstream. Don't really see that with these new products.
Here's my suggestion. One box, Slingbox and slingplayer together. Make it really, really good at both those jobs. Make it wired or wireless. No frills. Just a box that amazingly and reliably pumps put tv to you wherever you are. Sell it at about $150. Then another box that does local streaming, Netflix, Hulu all that other stuff as well. Then people can upgrade without too much pain. Oh and support legacy products so we can take our time to upgrade. And we will upgrade. Us loyal types, when our wives say yes.
All this is very disappointing for me, as, as I mentioned at the start, I do love Slingbox and I am ready to buy your next amazing product........when it arrives.