I posted on another forum that I was having issues with the new SlingPlayer plugin. gmoney suggested I re-post here and give permission for someone to access my Slingbox to have a look. Permission granted...
There has been a recent update that seems to have fixed the Guide Performance issues and overall reliability. I also figured out that waving your mouse over the Strength Indicator gives you the bitrate of your current stream (which I use to see how far I can get from my Router and still stream good-quality video) which is Ok. I prefer it to be visible at all times personally... But the signal strength indicator is Ok.
My only hanging grudge is the video Zoom and Stretch controls have been (over) simplified/modified from the last major release.
When I stream an HD channel (I am on Shaw Satellite), I can watch in full screen with no need to zoom or stretch video and it looks spectacular in a home-network setting with 2kbps performance.
But any SD channel I watch only fills ~2/3 of the screen... which equates to going from a 17" TV in my kitchen (laptop) to about an 8-10" TV.... which kinda kills the benefit of Sling for me. I watch one particular SD channel (BNN... which is only available in SD) a couple hours a day and can no longer watch it in "full" screen.
When I try to Zoom/Stretch SD channels, the video becomes distorted, stretched and the right/left side get chopped off (when you Zoom and Stretch).
I probably wouldn't even make it an issue if with previous version, the scaling capability and quality were better. There seemed to be 2 steps of zoom and stretch control which allowed you to size pretty much any type of input video to suit your viewing screen.
Here is an example of the best SD feed I can get:
I've worked a bit in Video in the past and I know that not all SD/HD feeds (from the broadcaster) are the same. Some are good, and some not. But the past version of the Slingplayer semmed to just work "better" when it comes to scaling video.
Hoping we can regress on the scaling control and keep all the other cool features of the latest update!