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Slingbox 500 Media Player - Extend 1080 HD anywhere, Ethernet & Built-in WiFi, Mobile Device Compatible, HDMI / component / composite interface w/ Remote

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Learn more about the SLING MEDIA SB500-100


Sling Media


Media Player
Remote Control
Remote Included
HDMI / Component / Composite


Watch your personal channel lineup, live, on your favorite web browser.

Easily set up your Slingbox whenever you change your home theater setup.

Set up one-click shortcuts to your favorite channels.

Take advantage of the high-resolution display on your tablet.

Navigate your program guide and DVR.

Remotely control your programming in real time.

Watch recorded shows on your DVR.

System Requirements

Intel Core 2 Duo or better
Graphics Card
DirectX 9 Class video card with more than 256 MB of dedicated memory
Operating Systems Supported
OS X 10.6 (or later)
Windows Vista (or later)


Package Contents
1 x Slingbox 500
1 x Quick Start Guide
1 x Composite Video Cable
1 x Component Video Cable
1 x HDMI Cable
1 x Stereo Audio Cable
1 x Ethernet Cable
1 x AC Adapter
1 x Slingbox 500 Remote Control
1 x IR Emitter Cable

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

Customer Reviews of the SLING MEDIA SB500-100

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  • Barry R.
  • 10/11/2013 7:08:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsSave $$ on college tv

Pros: No monthly fees. Multiple ways to receive the video. Low Heat. Free US customer service to assist you with any issues. Video quality excellent. Your college student will certainly have internet. With this sling box he can use the tv box in his room while in college. Wireless N is nice but for reliability I use a network connection. There are small devices that use google tv that will run a slingbox app and connect to a tv or monitor so you don't have to use a computer to watch.

Cons: 200+ Gigabytes per month of internet usage for the recipient using High def. Probably requires a fast upload speed. I have FIOS 35mbs upload and it works flawlessly. When streaming video on a laptop you need to stop any other intensive applications. There are a limited number of google tv boxes that are supported and work well. I purchased a vizio google tv and it worked flawlessly until slingbox changed their software and locked the unsupported vendor out. I returned it.

Other Thoughts: The cost $300 divide that by 4 yrs and you get $6.25 a month. If you need to buy internet you can add another $50 a month. for $56 a month you student gets all your home programming, use of your dvr and ability to view premium channels and rent videos from your cable provider. If you were to purchase these services from the provider you would likely pay between $100-$150 a month. That is an addition $4800 - 7200 over 4 years. And if he gets free internet at school it is even cheaper. Also he can view the video from any location he is at.

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  • Brian S.
  • 1/18/2013 4:48:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsSling does it again!

Pros: The unit physically looks nice IMO. Many might criticize the design, but I think that people are expected your standard ugly set-top box type of thing. It's also smaller, lighter, and runs cooler than the previous versions.

Setting the unit up is also easier than all other models, thanks to the on-screen display.

Video quality is excellent. While HDMI won't work for most people (due to HDCP reasons, as Sling has documented everywhere), component is just as good, especially for cable or satellite TV. The higher quality your TV provider is, the better your Slingbox streaming will be. It also supports 1080p60 video, which nothing else seems to do.

Cons: The only con that I can think of is, of course, the HDCP issue. This isn't really Sling's fault, so I'm not taking an egg away because of that, but it's still slightly disappointing.

Other Thoughts: Many of the issues that people are leaving aren't due to their Slingbox, but their particular setup.

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  • Gabriela R.
  • 11/8/2012 10:54:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsProbably not worth upgrading from Slingbox Pro HD (300) but otherwise a good unit

Pros: 1080P video
Wi-fi built-in
Set up is very easy, easier than with prior moedels

Cons: Not compatible with slingcatcher or with standalone application on Mac OSX

Other Thoughts: I give 4 stars because it is not much of an upgrade from the prior top-end model, the PRO-HD (Slingbox 300). I frankly I am not sure that I see much difference in the video quality. If you have the PRO-HD and it is working, I don't see much reason to upgrade. If you do not already have a PRO-HD, then this is a good model, and I would buy it over the PRO-HD for the 1080P, built-in wi-fi and ease of set up.

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  • Rafael T.
  • 11/5/2012 9:14:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsSling box

Pros: If You have a Mac picture is great for the plug in using Firefox

Cons: Sling programers change the plug in on Windows 7 using Firefox or internet exploter. Full HD picture really baddddd like really bad. I would not recomended to any body

Other Thoughts: I call technical support and they want to charge for support when the ne plug in is bad. I explain to reach their programmers to fix. I have Apple and Windows. Apple OK Bad for windows after new plug in. Old plug in was working very good

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  • Mark G.
  • 11/4/2012 9:22:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHDMI Not so fast!

Pros: Looks nice

Cons: Bought this to replace the SB 300 I've had for years and was extremely disappointed to learn that you still have to connect the component cables to your cable box. They mis-lead you by stating HDMI. You can only use the HDMI on non copyright material, which means to watch your cable football game you need the five large old school analog cables connected. HDMI will not work!

Other Thoughts: This new version is very deceiving in it's marketing, in my option and I am going to request a return. If you already have the five year old sling box pro HD as I do, then it's almost the same product and definitely not worth upgrading.

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  • Eric Y.
  • 10/28/2012 3:15:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBuyer Beware - No Compatibility

Pros: Marketing claims are great. HDMI, HD over internet.

Cons: HDMI does not work due to provider streaming restrictions, no S-Video, WD LIVE not supported (yet), Sling Catcher not supported (forever), Sling Player not supported (forever).

Requires 2x the bandwidth for Standard Def than predecessors. Video is very choppy.

Stream over web to Firefox dropped four times in the first hour of use

I have 23.5MB upload in my "Place", 18.5MB download in my "Shift", according to speedtest right now.

Other Thoughts: Sling is a company who lost their way. They have focused on the "place" rather than the "shift". So much for Sling place-shifting.

Must I really dedicate a full computer to watch TV on a TV in my home away from home?

I'll admit, I don't have an iPad or iPhone - my business only supports VPN and Blackberry. I could buy an iPad to stream through to my TV, but now I'm talking $1,200 of equipment to get the stream to me, before the cost of the TV. The value prop is gone.

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