Yeah, you are exactly right.
I bought my Slingbox knowing it was not ad supported because my friend owned one and at that point the product was not advertising supported.
Then all the sudden recently I've noticed more and more required ad viewing in order to use the box I already paid for. And yeah, the update doesn't make it more reliable or more trouble free viewing, it just has a required ad that I have to watch a portion of and thenceforth skip to the functionality.
It's just a matter of time before Slingbox determines that your box is no longer profitable or worth providing updates for, and then it'll be a paperweight and time to throw it in the landfill just like all the other e-garbage.
I used to recommend Slingbox to friends and family...But no longer.
Classic bait & switch. That's the American Dream for ya.
As a long time Slingbox customer with multiple devices, I'm about ready to call it quits with this company unless they do away with the advertisements. If they want to advertise on the website player then OK fine... however having ads in the desktop applications is a terrible idea.
The revenue they will lose from their loyal customers alone will far outweigh any profit from these ads. We will no longer buy new product nor tell our family and friends about how great a company Sling "used to be".
SlingBox, are you are listening to your customers?