Thanks for posting! I'm curious to see if the issue possibly just lies with the SlingPlayer for Windows 8.1 application. Could you try the new Slingplayer Desktop application and let me know if it works any better for you? Here is a link to the download file:
Keep me posted!
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Your solution is great. The web app is very flaky and the problem was resolved by using the desktop application - video quality and responsiveness are excellent - back to where it was. HD streaming is working perfectly. One wonders why such an inferior web app would be released in the first place.
Anyway, I'm delighted to having a fully functioning Slingplayer again....thanks for your help!
I have been using Slingbox for many years to view my US cable service while overseas: first the ProHD and, since last year, the M1. The performance has been VERY impressive - excellent video quality and very responsive to remote control commands. I have excellent upload speeds at the slingbox and excellent download speeds at my Slingplayer computer. However, recently I have seen a significant deterioration in performance on my M1
1. The Windows 8.1 Slingplayer app hesitates for quite a while before responding to a remote control command (e.g., to change channel). The "waiting/processing" wheel cycles for up to a minute before a channel change, etc.
2. Playback hangs up more frequently (even when I set the quality to SD)
3. The DVR controls continually pop up on screen whenever I execute a remote command.
4. More artifacts that I've ever seen before while viewing in HQ and HD
I know that the problem is not a bandwidth issue and I'm viewing the Slingplayer app on a newly-built i5 computer. Any suggestions on what I should try to fix this?