slingbox M1 TV Box : Great box and the apps is better on the tablet

Over a period of time i have seen negative reviews about this product and it has put me off but i eventually decided to give it a go and could not be happier with the purchase. I have used it connected to my sky tv and the set up wizard in the product was very clear and made the process simple. I am in the uk and my son has logged on to it using a web browser and watched the tv from chile. He said it worked perfectly. I recently went to spain, and used it for a week there and it worked perfectly on a 5 mbit connection, ditto from eire. I have used both a web browser and an ipad. If you want to watch your tv whilst abroad as if you are sat at home then this is what you need. Watch live tv, watch your recorded programs, watch catch up, set new recordings, etc. I have previously used hma vpn to watch programs live or use sky go/ bbc iplayer/itv hub but slingbox is much better if you have a sky box.

How to get your slingplayer m1 outputting hd from the sky+hd box. I bought the slingbox m1 to enable watching tv legally in spain, on the recommendation of a couple of friends. It is possible to get the slingbox m1 working with sky+hd if you follow the instructions below. In addition to the m1, i bought1) portta hdmi converter (https://www. Uk/gp/product/b00t75w692/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s01?ie=utf8&psc=1)2) neet® – 2 way hdmi splitter box (https://www. Uk/gp/product/b001d9p1ow/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s01?ie=utf8&psc=1)3) amazonbasics component video cable with audio (https://www. Uk/gp/product/b01d5h8c4k/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=utf8&psc=1)4) amazonbasics high-speed hdmi 2. Uk/gp/product/b014i8sp4w/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=utf8&psc=1)how i got it all to work:1) plug in the video cable to the convertor and the back of the slingbox m1. 2) unplug the hdmi cable from the back of the sky box, replace it with one of your new hdmi, and then plug the other end to the ‘in’ port of the hdmi splitter. 3) plug the hdmi cable you removed from your sky box, and plug it into one of the outputs of the hdmi splitter.

Slingbox M1 TV Box

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  • Watch and control live TV on a tablet*, phone*, PC, or Mac anywhere, anytime-in up to Full HD
  • No blocked shows or games on any device, in any location-even when you’re abroad
  • Play and schedule DVR recordings
  • WiFi connectivity and Ethernet port

The m1 is a big step up from the slingbox solo, which i’ve owned for the last 4 years and have used heavily. For a start, the ability to work with chromecast + apple tv is a game-changer as it allows me to watch my home virgin media tivo box in decent resolution fullscreen on tvs elsewhere. We recently spent a couple of weeks in a rental flat in france and were delighted to be able to reliably access the kids’ favourite recordings from bbc, etc. I personally enjoyed watching the ashes on sky sports, and the device didn’t miss a beat despite a slow 5mb connection locally. I never had anywhere as reliable an experience with the older solo – the compression was weaker with frequent dropouts, and the remote ir blaster is much more responsive – and wasn’t able to cast the picture to a tv without actually connecting my laptop. The device does have a couple of issues as far as i can tell, but nothing that ruins a top-notch experience:1. Some have complained about the squashed/narrow picture when watching via chromecast or airplay (apple tv). I haven’t found a fix for the former but the latter renders correctly in widescreen when you screen mirror from iphone or ipad, rather than use in-app airplay.

Good product but in my case slingbox 350 performs better. I have two slingbox 350 and one m1. For me it seems that 350 works betterof course, if you want player for desktop definitely go for m1.

Easy set up and meets my needs.

Slingbox M1 TV Box : Not perfect but still a good solution for us. . Many reviewers here give the box 1 star because it will not do what the reviewer wants. The m1 does however do all the things it is intended to do. If you read up on what is possible and your needs fit, it is a perfectly good piece of kit. The picture quality will depend mainly on the speed of the connection between the m1 and your chosen method of viewing. For us the limit is the upload speed of the internet connection. Since swapping to fibre we are getting good quality pictures on ipad, pc and an android media player. Ok it is not hd but if you research this, you will find that this is not really a possibility. There is no hdmi connection. It tells you that in the specification.

Great solution for long distance viewing and a breeze to use so long as you have good wifi.

Does what it says with a small except in my case. Easy to set up, works with my youview box, like the android app, love the windows desktop app. Just needs to support 16:9 aspect ratio on chromecast (video there is stuck in 4:3).

The desktop pc player app isn’t much good. The desktop pc player app isn’t much good but the browser based one makes up for it.

Good product but in my case slingbox 350 performs better. I have two slingbox 350 and one m1. For me it seems that 350 works betterof course, if you want player for desktop definitely go for m1.

Great box and the apps is better on the tablet. Great box and the apps is better on the tablet, as it comes up with a picture of the remote control. It’s doesn’t work on a 3g network but works on a 4g and a good wifi.

Does what it says with a small except in my case. Easy to set up, works with my youview box, like the android app, love the windows desktop app. Just needs to support 16:9 aspect ratio on chromecast (video there is stuck in 4:3).

Great box and the apps is better on the tablet. Great box and the apps is better on the tablet, as it comes up with a picture of the remote control. It’s doesn’t work on a 3g network but works on a 4g and a good wifi.

Brilliantly easy to setup and works. I had two of the older boxes that never worked well and i could not get working this time. However this m1 box worked straight out of the box. Was up and running in minutes. Far better than the old boxes. I am most impressed and works a treat on my phone, ipad or on the pc. I only use standard video and quality is good. It would be nice to have advice what to do with at sky box which does not have the composite outputs and i hear hdmi to composite does not work due to copy protection. But quality is great on the laptop etc. Not yet tried on a big screen but will allow enjoyable watching on the move hopefully aroudn the world.

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  1. This review is from : Slingbox M1 TV Box

    This replaced an older model, very easy to set up,used a lot when away from home,.
  2. This review is from : Slingbox M1 TV Box

    Great quality for watching sky hd. Very impressed – have it hooked-up to my sky hd box using a cablesson hdmi splitter (https://www. Uk/dp/b0042ky0gy/ref=pe_217191_31005151_dp_2) and hdmi to component convertor (https://www. Uk/dp/b007n43fs0/ref=pe_217191_31005151_dp_1) (both of which i already had) and watching via my home network on the upstairs tv is excellent quality (using a fire tv stick – https://www. Uk/gp/product/b01etrifow/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s01?ie=utf8&psc=1). I was a little dubious it would really work that well, but so far the playback has been flawless and the quality of the picture is excellent too. Not used it outside my home yet, so can’t comment on the long distance playback, but for playback inside the house its very good.
    1. Great quality for watching sky hd. Very impressed – have it hooked-up to my sky hd box using a cablesson hdmi splitter (https://www. Uk/dp/b0042ky0gy/ref=pe_217191_31005151_dp_2) and hdmi to component convertor (https://www. Uk/dp/b007n43fs0/ref=pe_217191_31005151_dp_1) (both of which i already had) and watching via my home network on the upstairs tv is excellent quality (using a fire tv stick – https://www. Uk/gp/product/b01etrifow/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s01?ie=utf8&psc=1). I was a little dubious it would really work that well, but so far the playback has been flawless and the quality of the picture is excellent too. Not used it outside my home yet, so can’t comment on the long distance playback, but for playback inside the house its very good.
  3. This review is from : Slingbox M1 TV Box

    I did plenty of research before buying this so i knew i was in for a lot more expense than just the slingbox to use it with skyq. In fact the hdfury2 convertor i bought to convert hdmi down to component video cost more than the slingbox itself though there will llikely be cheaper alternatives than the hdfury2 if you are not particularly concerned about brilliant picture quality. Also a hdmi splitter is required to get past the hdcp digital content protection when used with skyq. The overall cost aside i’m very happy with the finished working product. The automatic adaptive bitrate ensures a reasonable picture even with poor internet connections away from the home.
    1. I did plenty of research before buying this so i knew i was in for a lot more expense than just the slingbox to use it with skyq. In fact the hdfury2 convertor i bought to convert hdmi down to component video cost more than the slingbox itself though there will llikely be cheaper alternatives than the hdfury2 if you are not particularly concerned about brilliant picture quality. Also a hdmi splitter is required to get past the hdcp digital content protection when used with skyq. The overall cost aside i’m very happy with the finished working product. The automatic adaptive bitrate ensures a reasonable picture even with poor internet connections away from the home.