2 Replies Latest reply: Aug 4, 2015 1:43 PM by ACC3240280 RSS

    Dish or direct TV

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      Anyone's opinion on which dish company to use with a slingbox 500?

      Should I get local Internet service, ATT, wow cable internet, or satilite internet?

      I see direct TV and Dish satellite service, is there a difference in compatibility?

      Any opinions?

        • Re: Dish or direct TV
          Raushawd Novice

          Hello Colthorp_cross@hotmail.com,


          To answer the above inquiry there are no preferred satellite/cable providers to work with any model of Slingbox. Slingbox is currently compatible with most cable/satellite/internet providers in there respective supported countries. The only thing to keep in mind is when using an satellite provider their remotes may be in RF which will cause issues with the virtual remote of the Slingbox working. Below I have an included an article in the event that you run into any of those issues.


          Slingbox.com - Set-top box not responding to remote commands


          Hope This Helps!!


            • Re: Dish or direct TV

              Yes Sling boxes are built to work with any source of programming be it cable box, Satellite box, even over-the-air.

              But it's true that the IR (infra-red) remote capability is mandatory for what you're watching.


              I have a Dish box and use UHF (through the wall) remotes all over the house, 

              but I have an IR cable from the sling box to the DVR box


              So the  issues are proximity to the source(s)  and IR conflicts between sources. because there's only one IR transmitter

              coming out of the Slingbox with a "hydra' head for multiple sources.  I have an older Slingbox HD 500?


              It depends what kind of content you prefer.  Some say Direct has better sports channels.   I like Dish Network.  It's more economical for me.