I bought a Slingbox and Roku 1 player last week. I have cable TV service at one location and internet service at both locations, so my hope was to install the Slingbox at the one location and the Roku at the second location to be able to watch TV at both. I guess I didn't really read far enough into the discription of how the Slingbox works with Roku but found it only works through a smartphone. What I have found is that I love the Slingbox app that works on my PC. I can effortlessly watch TV shows on my PC at the second location. I can output the shows through the HDMI port on my PC to the large flat screen at the second location as well. The virtual remote control is fast and easy to use on the PC app and I get no dropping of the connection. All in all, I think Sling could not have done a better job on the PC application. It is almost flawless.
On the other hand, attempting to access the Slingbox through the Roku is a horrible experience. The necessity of having to route the connection and control of the datastream through a smartphone I believe is the downfall of this. I find having to use 3 different remote control screens on the ap to be able to effectively control the Slingbox extremely cumbersome. The response to button presses on the virtual remotes also is aggrivatingly slow. Once you do eventually make it to the channel you want, you are treated to a dropped connection about every 5 to 10 minutes. All of these problems makes watching TV programing through the Roku too burdensome to do.
So my question is why do you have to go through a smartphone to get programming to the Roku. When I bought the Slingbox and Roku I was thinking, "Hey, they both are going to be connected to the internet. It should be a no brainer to have a Sling ap on the Roku and you will control that ap with the standard remote that comes with the Roku." But no such luck. I suppose there is some issue with licensing or maybe the Roku doesn't have the processing power to run an ap like this as well as the PC does. But all I can say is the current implimentation of the Slingbox/Roku link is so bad I cannot recommend it.