We just got a Slingbox M1 and I gotta say that I love the idea, but the picture quality is just really poor. I've read some reviews where they were getting excellent video, and this doesn't seem to be a common problem based on what I've found in the forums, but for me, the video is so poor that if I can't figure out how to improve it, I'm going to (disappointedly) send it back.
So, here's what I've got - I'm using component cables, and I've got the Slingbox itself hard wired into the network (i.e., ethernet cable). The detection and setup went off without a hitch, and I started watching TV immediately. I waited for the Slingbox to switch from optimzing to streaming, and once it switched over, I was getting a bitrate of between 6800 to 7800 Kbps. But, even with that, the picture was still pixelated at the edges of objects, and on-screen text (e.g., scrolling news updates, names of people being interviewed, etc.) was very blurry. Another example of the issue is with football or baseball - the field lines are very jagged and are actually more like dashed lines (- - - - - - -) many times. Here's an example:
The above picture actually looks substantially sharper than on the screen because of the fact that it's so much smaller.
I went onto Speedtest.net, and ran tests a few times. I averaged around 8 to 9 Mbps downstream and around 5.5 to 6 Mbps upstream, both of which I would have thought would be adequate numbers to deliver a good picture. But no matter what, I can't seem to get good video. I've checked remote watching on multiple devices, but the results are the same. I've tried the few things Slingbox suggests on their site (such as enabling UPnP, which for the life of me I can't understand why that would have any impact), but nothing worked.
Has anyone else had this experience? If so, what did you try? Also, is it possible that it's the settings on my TV? Are there numbers there that I should look at and tweak? I've got the HD quality set to 1080p60, which I would assume is the best video quality possible. Should I change that? Or, again, any other settings on the TV I should look at?