3 Replies Latest reply: Jan 10, 2013 7:18 AM by ACC4768362 RSS

    Can I mirror my SB 500?

    ACC4768362

      I just bought a slingbox 500.  I have an iPhone 4S, 5, and an iPad II.  In viewing your youtube videos I was given the impression that I could use either Apple's HDMI connector (pictured in a plastic bag in your videos) or Apple TV to mirror my video content a TV.  When I attempted to use my Apple HDMI connector the image on my TV was discolored and faded.  I attempted to adjust the image through the TV menue and I could not acces the picture quality controls. The options were there but they were hard coded.  Sure enough when I unpuged my iPhone I regained access to these controls.  This is an issue that I only encounter when attempting to mirrior SB 500 content to my TV.  All other apps on my phone(s)/iPad work fine.

       

      • SB 500 software is up to date
      • iPhone 4S & 5 OS is up to date
      • iPad OS is up to date

       

      Would Apple TV resolve my issue? Is there a resolution or should I return my SB 500?

       

      Thank you,

      P Ellis

        • Re: Can I mirror my SB 500?
          tcaradonna Novice

          Someone else started a similar thread.

          https://community.sling.com/message/82816#82816

           

          I too am curious about slingbox airplayed thru appletv.

            • Re: Can I mirror my SB 500?
              ACC4768362

              Thanks for the heads up.  This is similar, however not the same.  The picture quality is excellent. However, the color and saturation has been altered and rendered unchangeable.  If I could manually change the settings back to normal that would be OK. The issue is the picture menue options are not accessible when I try to mirror my SB 500 video on my TV with the Apple HDMI component cable.

               

              Any other thoughts??

            • Re: Can I mirror my SB 500? - SB Customer Service Apple Like!
              ACC4768362

              My hope is that everyone will check their culturally influenced (H)ADD at the virtual door and take 5 minutes to do what comes naturally to us old folks — take the time to read, in its entirety, my experience with my Singbox 500 and SB representatives.  (Spoiler alert — the slingbox customer service experience is wonderful!)

               

              I recently bought (two days ago) a Slingbox 500.  At this time of year my family and I find ourselves spending most of our weekends and holidays in Ski country.  Our children are young and find it difficult to sever, even for a day or two, their television umbilical cords.  Our solution was to give the Slingbox a try.  I have an iPhone 4S.  After initial set-up of the Slingbox 500 device and purchase of the Slingbox iPhone app everything appeared to be working as expected — we were happy!  That night, eager to test out my new toy, while running errands I ran the app on my phone, it did not work.  Figuring that it was an issue of poor cellular coverage connection I visited an establishment offering free Wifi connectivity.  The app still did not work.  Upon arriving at home I sat back in front of my TV and new Slingbox and attempted to use the app.  Strangely, it worked!  My first thought was that this was a network issue and my accessibility was tied to connectivity through my home Wifi network.  My second thought was to sleep on it and revisit the issue in the morning.

               

              The next morning I sat in front of my TV and once again tried my new Slingbox technology — kerplunk, kerplooey!  Needless to say I was greatly annoyed.  Determined to resolve the issue I was encountering I called Slingbox support fully expecting the customer service experience that is all to common in today's market place — to be told, in not so many words, that I or my device was the problem and to deal with it.  My blood continued to boil as I waited impatiently, for close to 10 minutes, on hold for "the next customer service representative" to take my call.  At long last my call was indeed answered by a customer service representative [read "actual person" not "computer facsimile].  His name is Charles.  After allowing me to vent my frustrations with my Slingbox experience to date Charles responded, "Let me fix your problem."  I was beside myself!  It is usually at this moment in the conversation that I find out that I need to "speak to a technician," that their technology is "not compatible with mine," or I am given some reason [excuse] as to why there is nothing that could be done. Should I reside myself to the fact that one way or another, come **** or high water, by the end of this call the issues I am currently encountering with my new technology will be resolved? Amazing!

               

              Long story short, after 45 minutes on the phone with me Charles had me up and running!  Thank you Charles and thank you Slingbox for taking a page out of Apple's playbook and putting "service" back into "customer service" within the technology industry.

               

              -Peter

               

              PS - It is possible to mirror your Slingbox connection to a HDTV via your iPhone 4s using the Apple HDMI component adapter.  I am heading to the Apple store to see if it is possible to do it wirelessly with Apple TV as well.