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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

  • 1080p HD
  • HDMI Interface
  • WiFi
  • Sleek & Innovative Design
  • Mobile Device Compatibility

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Never miss your favorite TV shows when you're away from home. Watch and control your home TV from virtually anywhere, at anytime, on your laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

What is a Slingbox, Anyway?

You like your TV. You like your smartphone. You like your laptop and tablet, right?

The Slingbox combines the best of what you love. So now you can watch your TV anywhere — from your laptop or your mobile device. When you see it, you're going to like it. It's kind of a miracle. A really small miracle.

Why Would I Want a Slingbox?

Watch Your TV Anywhere

At home, around town, around the world. With a Slingbox, you can watch and control your TV and all of its programming, live, over the Internet on your PC, Mac®, tablet, smartphone or connected TV. These days there are a lot of confusing ways to watch TV. Only Slingbox gives you full access and control of your living room TV experience in sparkling 1080p Full HD. Why pay twice for your favorite programming? Get more out of your TV with Slingbox.

It's Easy to Connect

We make it a snap to connect to practically any audio-video (AV) source. You can hook up your Slingbox to thousands of compatible standard-definition (SD) or high-definition (HD) sources, including digital video recorders (DVRs), digital cable set-top boxes and satellite receivers.

You're in Control

Watch television exactly as you would at home. With the on-screen remote control and program guide, you can change channels, schedule recordings on your DVR, fast-forward, rewind, pause and play. You'll never be separated from your favorite TV shows, sports broadcasts, breaking news stories, digital video recordings or video on demand — wherever you are.

Who Needs a Slingbox?

We'd like to think anyone in the world needs a Slingbox, but here are some examples of who our customers are and what they're doing with their lives.

Sports Fans and Information Junkies

Slingbox grants instant access to live sporting events without blackouts, and time-sensitive breaking national or local news.

Frequent Travelers or Expats

Take your home TV with you anywhere with an Internet connection. No streaming service or app can do that.

College Students or Snowbirds

No need to pay for another cable or satellite subscription where you are. Simply connect to your Slingbox at home from your laptop or mobile device, or use a Roku streamer connected to a TV.

Military Personnel

Wherever they are deployed, they can stay connected to what's going on at home.

Moms and Dads on the Go

Wouldn't you rather be watching the game while waiting for piano lessons to be done?

Anyone Who Wants to Save a Buck

No need for additional set-top boxes. Get TV in more places in and around the home, using gadgets you already own.

How do I Hook Up My Slingbox?


Photos and Videos on the Big Screen

With a Slingbox 500 and SlingPlayer on your iPhone or Android phone it's a snap to beam your photos and videos onto the TV. All you need is the latest version of SlingPlayer on your smartphone and you're ready to join the fun.

Your phone needs to be connected to the same home network as your Slingbox 500. After that all you have to do is touch the My Media icon in your SlingPlayer app and choose the photos or videos you want to watch or view on your TV. It's fast and easy. The Slingbox 500 knows just what to do and switches the input automatically without you having to fumble with a remote.


Change the photos on the big screen with a simple swipe gesture on your phone. Or sit back and watch a slideshow or video. Get more out of your TV with the Slingbox 500.

Copy and Archive Photos and Videos

With a Slingbox 500 and SlingPlayer on your smartphone, you can now also wirelessly copy your photos and videos from your phone to an attached USB hard drive and enjoy them on the big screen anytime. To get started, all you need is the latest version of SlingPlayer and a USB storage device attached to your Slingbox.


Connect your smartphone to the same network as your Slingbox 500 and ensure an external hard drive or flash memory stick is connected to the USB port on the back of your Slingbox 500. The rest is easy simply touch the My Media icon in your SlingPlayer app, and select the photos or videos you want to copy to the attached hard drive. Or choose to let SlingPlayer automatically archive all new media from your phone's camera roll every time you connect to your home network and start SlingPlayer.

Your Media Anywhere

With Slingbox 500 and the My Media feature you can browse and enjoy your favorite archived movies, videos, and photos from your personal media library on the big screen in your living room, or from your Mac, PC or iPhone outside of the home. To get started, all you need is the latest version of your Slingbox 500 firmware and a USB storage device attached to your Slingbox. For viewing on the big screen, simply use the Slingbox remote control to access the on-screen menu, select My Media, then choose between videos or photos and browse for the file you want to watch. It's that simple. To access your personal media from the road, us a Mac or PC and point your web browser to watch slingbox website. Or use the latest version of SlingPlayer for iPhone and enjoy all your media on the go. Get more out of your personal media and archived movies with Slingbox 500.

Remember, Only Slingbox Gives You:

  • Live Sports
  • Local Channels
  • Premium Content
  • Your DVR Recorded Shows
  • Your Favorite Photos and Home Video
  • On the Most Devices
  • Anywhere – Inside the Home or Around the World
  • In Sparkling HD
  • No Monthly Fees

Which Slingbox is Right for Me?

slingbox 350 slingbox 350
The Most Affordable HD Slingbox. Ever.
  • Extend your TV living room experience in sparkling 1080p high definition.
  • Connects to your digital video recorder (DVR), cable set-top box or satellite receiver via component or composite sources.
  • Ethernet connectivity
  • Compact design
  • Watch and control your TV and all of its programming on your compatible smartphone or tablet using SlingPlayer software.
  • Access your Slingbox from the web on a high-speed Internet-connected PC or Mac.
  • On the road, at work or on vacation - anywhere, anytime.
slingbox 500 slingbox 500
Top of the line Slingbox. Includes Slingbox 350 Features Plus:
  • Extend your living room TV experience in sparkling 1080p high definition.
  • Connects to your DVR, cable set-top box or satellite receiver via HDMI and component or composite sources.
  • New simplified setup on your TV screen.
  • Built in Wi-Fi and IR blasters.
  • Sleek, innovative design.
  • Watch and control your TV and all of its programming on your compatible smartphone or tablet using SlingPlayer® software.
  • Access your Slingbox from the web on a high-speed Internet-connected PC or Mac.
  • On the road, at work or on vacation, anywhere - anytime.
  • Enjoy your videos and photos on the big screen at home with SlingProjector™.
  • Wirelessly archive your personal media from your smartphone with SlingSync™.
  • Browse and watch movies, videos and photos from your personal media library via My Media.
  • Access your Slingbox media library from anywhere with a PC or Mac, or with SlingPlayer for iPhone.
  • Rent the latest movies with the Blockbuster On Demand app**** and stream them to your big screen TV.
  • Access over 180 international TV channels in 15 languages and international Sports TV with the DishWorld app

Learn more about the SLING MEDIA SB500-100


Sling Media


Media Player


Remote Control
Remote Included


HDMI / Component / Composite


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)


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.

Package Contents

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
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Customer Reviews of the SLING MEDIA SB500-100

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  • John M.
  • 5/20/2015 2:09:52 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsDon't waste your time

Pros: I can return it.

Cons: Can't handle HDMI with DirecTV due to copy protection. My television doesn't seem to have this problem. Would've been nice if it was clearer that the device could only use component or composite with satellite before I wasted my time trying it.

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  • Barry R.
  • 10/11/2013 7:08:25 AM
  • 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
  • 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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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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