83

A pricey streamer, but worth it for frequent travelers

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It's been two years since we reviewed the previous-generation Slingbox and not much has changed. WiFi is included now and the price is lower, but our main complaints are still unaddressed -- upfront cost, non-sports-optimized view, IR control only and having to pay for each of the mobile apps. Of course, none of that diminishes the value of the Slingbox, even at a time when there's no shortage of video-streaming options. The reality is that even 10 years after Sling Media was founded, the primary limitation in video streaming is content licensing; as it happens, the Slingbox isn't bound by such things. So, in an age when Aereo is considered a copyright violation, we're glad there's still a Slingbox. Because despite the relatively high price, when it comes to streaming content you already paid for, particularly live sports, the Slingbox is still your best bet.

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8.0
Engadget Aug 5, 2014

While it does still have a higher upfront cost than competing products, it can also stream content that no other device can ... If you're a big sports fan or a frequent traveler, this could be a worthwhile purchase.

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8.0
Tom's Guide Jul 15, 2014

SlingBox M1 beams live and DVR'd cable or satellite TV over the Net to computers and mobile devices, with good quality and no monthly fees.

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8.0
PC Mag Jul 28, 2014

If you want to watch live TV on your mobile devices, the Slingbox M1 is the most affordable place-shifting device yet, even if you need to pay extra for the apps.

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7.0
CNET Jul 15, 2014

The $150 Slingbox M1 brings TV streaming to nearly any mobile device, PC, or Mac, now with the convenience of built-in Wi-Fi.

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6.0
Re/code Jul 21, 2014

It’s good for hardcore sports fans and special occasions. Overall, it feels like the world has moved on since 2005.

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8.0
TechHive Jul 15, 2014

The new entry-level Slingbox is a slick and useful way to boost the value of your cable or satellite subscription—by sending it to other devices.

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