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SlingPlayer iPad App Problem – WARNING

There is absolutely no logical reason why the SlingPlayer iPhone app works with my Slingbox and the iPad version doesn’t. Forget that they force you to spend more money on a player that’s not clearly better in any way (other than its higher resolution).

Who the hell is in charge of your iOS strategy at Sling Media, folks? It pisses me off that I had your desktop software working fine, you decided to charge me more for your iPhone software, and then charge me AGAIN for an iPad app that won’t even work with my fully-capable hardware.

Eh, forget it. I’ll look for a better solution to avoid Sling Media in the future. I’m out $30 at this point. I own a Slingbox that, to this point, has worked just fine. If anything, this cripple is a political one – done to extract more money from my wallet. Well, ya know what? No more.

Free Shipping Offer on Slingbox

One of the pieces of hardware that I love the most is my Slingbox. A Slingbox is a device that allows you watch and control your television through the Internet. With the Slingbox Solo, you can easily control one DVR, cable set-top box or satellite receiver. The Slingbox Pro-HD gives you the same great features and ease of use as the Slingbox SOLO with the benefit of multiple inputs, a built-in TV tuner, and a true-to-life HD viewing experience.

I have the app for my iPhone and my iPad. I use it often, whether I’m in my office or traveling somewhere without a cumbersome television handy. I keep up with my favorite shows, no matter where I may be. And let me tell you – the iPad screen works beautifully for this purpose. My shows look better on there than they do on many television sets.

Our friends at Slingbox have decided to set up a special offer for our community. From now until December 31, 2010, you will receive free shipping when you purchase either Slingbox. Simply use the coupon code: slingpirillo when you check out.

Lorex Security System Review

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I’ve demonstrated home security systems in the past. This time, I’ve gotten my hands on a couple of different systems from Lorex. I’ll even be giving one of these products away at the end of this video review.

One of the systems allows you to “Connect. See. Hear. Protect”. You can connect the camera to any electrical outlet. It then transfers to a wireless receiver which is connected to my Slingbox software. The other allows you to record as well as watch what’s going on. So how would you like to win one of these systems?

The LW 22-series, the receiver features single view, auto switching or quad (4 camera location) view. That’s right – you can connect up to three other cameras to this so that you can keep an eye on several locations in your house at once. You can view in VGA resolution for high quality video or CIF res for real-time observation. There’s also a mic built in to provide audio.

The other system I was sent performs these same functions. However, it also comes with the ability to record. It is the fast and easy way to add video security to your home or small business. The digital wireless micro-receiver plugs directly into your surveillance monitor, DVR, or TV. Set up the security camera near the front or back doors, garage, backyard, patio, kid’s room, or any location that you would like to keep an eye on. Thanks to wireless technology, there is no need to run video cables between the cameras and the receiver!

This system is what I’m offering to you! I will send the video surveillance system recording device to one of you in our community. You may have a small business that you need to protect. I got to review a few products that I happen to like, so it’s time to pay it forward. I’ll choose a random winner from either the blog comments or YouTube comments left for this video.

I have to thank Lorex for passing these products along, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to have tested them. I also did like the QSee Surveillance System.

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Have You Tried SlingPlayer for the iPhone?

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I decided to relax by watching live TV on my iPhone, using the SlingPlayer App. It sells for about $30.00 right now. SlingPlayer is an excellent App. I can control the TV as if I was sitting right in front of a traditional television. I can tweak several different options, including the resolution. Also, I can access a full guide to see what’s playing!

SlingPlayer Mobile lets you watch and control your home TV and DVR via your Slingbox on your BlackBerry, iPhone, Windows Mobile, Palm OS, or Symbian smartphones. Switch from your home cable box to your DVR – using your phone!

You’ll find all of the controls and features you’d expect. You can fast-forward and rewind, or even record. If there’s a feature on your television, then it’s on the SlingPlayer. This only works, of course, if you have a SlingBox, which I do.

The big drawback is that AT&T has throttled this App. They were worried about the amount of bandwidth usage. So I can only use the SlingPlayer if I connect wirelessly. That stinks. Boo AT&T. Big mistake screwing things up for us this way.

You might balk at paying $30.00 for this, but think of it this way: record all of your shows at home, and access them on the road. If you travel even a little, it’ll pay for itself quickly! Grab it for yourself, you’ll definitely not regret it.

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How to Watch Live TV on Your iPhone: Slingbox

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One of the pieces of hardware that I love the most is my Slingbox. A Slingbox lets you watch and control your television through the Internet. I was using the Slingplayer on my Windows Mobile device, but now I’m using the iPhone. There wasn’t anything available for the iPhone, until now!

It’s still in Beta, and hasn’t been released outside of the company yet. However – it’s working!! Soon we’ll be able to use this on our iPhone, folks! Mark demonstrated how it works, and how well it works for me during Macworld.

They feel that they have introduced some sexy controls for the iPhone. When changing channels, there is about a four second buffer, which isn’t bad at all. They have instituted a “favorites” area, which allows you to quickly change channels to whatever it is you love to watch the most. You also don’t have to minimize the video space in order to access your controls, which is great!

Right now, it only works in landscape mode, but that makes sense. They plan to incorporate video-changing mode in the future. They are shooting for release yet this quarter, before the end of March. It will, of course, be available in the App Store, for around the $30.00 price range! Stay tuned, and be ready to finally control your TV through your iPhone!

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Using the Slingbox

http://live.pirillo.com/ – Watching live television over your smart phone isn’t as difficult as you might imagine: all you need is an Internet connection and the Slingbox.

The Slingbox is a piece of hardware that takes you cable or satellite signal and retransmits it over the Internet, so anything that can access the Internet can also access the Slingbox. That means that your laptop, desktop, and smart phone can display what’s on TV.

The Slingbox optimizes the stream for your connection, so your smart phone will receive a lower resolution video than your laptop or desktop will. Their software works for OS X, Windows, and even Linux (although the Linux port is a community project and not an official Slingbox release).

The bottom line: this piece of equipment is damn cool. What do you think of the Slingbox?


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