1 Reply Latest reply: Jul 7, 2010 4:17 PM by eferz RSS

    Slingbox in conjunction with a tivo?


      Hello there,


      I am about to move to asia for 2-3 years.  I have used slingbox before on a friend's computer and enjoyed it the last time I was in Japan (it was a great comfort as I don't speak a word of the language!).  However, with the time difference, I was unable to watch my favorite shows (unless I skipped work or woke up in the middle of the night over there).  Someone informed me that if I bought/subscribed to tivo, that I could record my favorite shows from slingbox and watch them on my computer when it was most convenient to me with this dvr method.


      I did not know if a) this was true and  would work b) slingbox had a comparable service they would recommend and c) if there was anything I would need to do other than order both services?


      Thank you in advance for your help


        • Re: Slingbox in conjunction with a tivo?
          eferz Expert

          Sling Media's parent company, Echo Star also owns Dish Network.  The  only "Sling Loaded" DVR that I'm aware of is the Dish Network ViP 922 (http://www.dishnetwork.com/receivers/dvr/default.aspx) satellite receiver.  Honestly, though I don't recommend it.  Not only  would you be tied to their satellite service but its the first  generation stuff that seems to have problems of its own.


          You can use the Slingbox in conjunction with just about any DVR.  The DVR will timeshift the shows, while the Slingbox can placeshift the video content.  As long as the DVR has compatible video and audio outputs then the only question of compatibilty is whether the IR Blasters will allow you to control the set-top box remotely.


          You can use the Slingbox Setup Assistant (http://support.slingbox.com/get/KB-5000164) to find out devices which have offical support.  If the device you're looking for isn't listed there then this article (http://support.slingbox.com/get/KB-2000299.html) will help you with alternative resources for custom remote profiles.


          I'm currently using the a DVR provided by Time Warner, it is the Scientific Atlanta 8300HDC.  It works very well in being able to record my programs, and I can watch them using the Slingbox in an alternate location.


          If your current television provider has an option of a DVR you could opt for it.  I was actually looking to buy my own DVR, and did consider a consider a TiVO.  Unfortuantely, their subscription fees wouldn't have saved me money from leasing the DVR from my cable company.  I found a better alternative called the Moxi (http://moxi.com/us/home.html), it offered better expandability without added subscription fees and at a lower cost.  You might consider it over the TiVO.