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Anyone have opinions on Slingbox vs. Vulkano Flow vs. Belkin @TV???

Joe Davola 10,861 November 8, 2012 at 10:03 AM
Any thoughts? FYI I have no TV tuner in my PC and my closest DTV receiver is 40+ feet away through numerous walls. Plus I've found Plex getting more and more unreliable with externally watching my movies and shows from my desktop.

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If you have the newer DTV box connected to the internet, the NOMAD may do what you want.

http://www.directv.com/technology/nomad

Also, as an FYI, if you have an iPhone or iPad AND you're in your own home, you can use their fairly lame app to watch *some* live TV - though not your playlist.
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If you have the newer DTV box connected to the internet, the NOMAD may do what you want.

http://www.directv.com/technology/nomad

Also, as an FYI, if you have an iPhone or iPad AND you're in your own home, you can use their fairly lame app to watch *some* live TV - though not your playlist.
Thanks. Repped. I looked at the Nomad right before it came out and was initially excited for it, but when I saw that you can only watch your recorded shows and only if you pre-loaded them, I wasn't so excited.

FYI I don't have any iDevices.

Thanks again!
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Any thoughts? Will Slingbox do this? FYI I have no TV tuner in my PC and my closest DTV receiver is 40+ feet away through numerous walls. Plus I've found Plex getting more and more unreliable with externally watching my movies and shows from my desktop.

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Yup, the Slingbox SOLO [amazon.com] should do this for you for about $89 unless you go refurb.

However, if you have HDMI then it gets more expensive as you will need the Slingbox 500 [amazon.com].
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Yup, the Slingbox SOLO [amazon.com] should do this for you for about $89 unless you go refurb.

However, if you have HDMI then it gets more expensive as you will need the Slingbox 500 [amazon.com].
Thanks. Repped.

Now that I looked closer to Slingbox, it seems like the older Slingboxes might have cheap capacitors and are prone to failure. Plus although the 500 has HDMI, it is basically useless based on the Amazon reviews.

As a result, I looked at the Vulkano Flow and the Belkin @TV Plus and it appears that the Belkin @TV Plus may have less issues. Now my concern is my router is far away from my DTV receiver and I don't recall if I have any more space on my powerline adapter that's near my DTV receiver.

Anyone have opinions on Slingbox vs. Vulkano Flow vs. Belkin @TV?
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However, if you have HDMI then it gets more expensive as you will need the Slingbox 500 [amazon.com].
What about the Slingbox 350 [amazon.com]?

You gave the old Econ model (Solo) and the new High End model (500) but skipped the new Econ model (350).

IPT, a member here, has a Solo and said he likes it. All the apps are $30 EACH on all the platforms though.
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What about the Slingbox 350 [amazon.com]?

You gave the old Econ model (Solo) and the new High End model (500) but skipped the new Econ model (350).

IPT, a member here, has a Solo and said he likes it. All the apps are $30 EACH on all the platforms though.
No HDMI on the 350 models, I saw that one too because it was cheaper. Not sure if JD needs HDMI though.

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Thanks. Repped.

Now that I looked closer to Slingbox, it seems like the older Slingboxes might have cheap capacitors and are prone to failure. Plus although the 500 has HDMI, it is basically useless based on the Amazon reviews.

As a result, I looked at the Vulkano Flow and the Belkin @TV Plus and it appears that the Belkin @TV Plus may have less issues. Now my concern is my router is far away from my DTV receiver and I don't recall if I have any more space on my powerline adapter that's near my DTV receiver.

Anyone have opinions on Slingbox vs. Vulkano Flow vs. Belkin @TV?
Do you need HDMI inputs? Because the Vulkano has no such. Nor does the Belkin @TV Plus.
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No HDMI on the 350 models, I saw that one too because it was cheaper. Not sure if JD needs HDMI though.
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What about the Slingbox 350 [amazon.com]?

You gave the old Econ model (Solo) and the new High End model (500) but skipped the new Econ model (350).

IPT, a member here, has a Solo and said he likes it. All the apps are $30 EACH on all the platforms though.
Thanks. Repped.

I know you weren't asking me this question, but based on the reviews, I might be a little skittish about Slingbox. Although I noticed that their apps are now down to $15 each.
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No HDMI on the 350 models, I saw that one too because it was cheaper. Not sure if JD needs HDMI though.



Do you need HDMI inputs? Because the Vulkano has no such. Nor does the Belkin @TV Plus.
I'd love HDMI, but it appears that there are HDCP issues with it according to reviews, so it would seem to be a non-issue.
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I'd love HDMI, but it appears that there are HDCP issues with it according to reviews, so it would seem to be a non-issue.
Welllllllllllllll that kind of makes sense. Because of the Slingbox's abilitly to "place-shift" within its content, the HDCP used by the premium channels circumvents that place shifting. And I noticed a lot of those complaining were TiVO users, not Comcast or DirecTV users but that being said, there will probably always be some HDCP issues through HDMI so your best best for full unlocked abilities of the Slingbox is Component. It might explain why so many other brands like the Vulkano and Belkin do not have it.
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Welllllllllllllll that kind of makes sense. Because of the Slingbox's abilitly to "place-shift" within its content, the HDCP used by the premium channels circumvents that place shifting. And I noticed a lot of those complaining were TiVO users, not Comcast or DirecTV users but that being said, there will probably always be some HDCP issues through HDMI so your best best for full unlocked abilities of the Slingbox is Component. It might explain why so many other brands like the Vulkano and Belkin do not have it.
Thank you for explaining the HDCP issue in English so I could now understand it and now I can consider the lower level Slingbox or the other two options.
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I'll say I like the Slingbox when it comes to variety of models and the user having the best choice that fits their needs. Can't say the same with the other two.

However, the other two are less expensive, minus the Slingbox SOLO. The Vulkano Flow allow control of multiple devices but is more expensive than the SOLO by about $20.

The Belkin @TV is comparable to the Vulkano but far more expensive but the GUI seems far more fluid.

I only have one device so I'd go with the SOLO, but I am not you and what all you have set up.
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I'll say I like the Slingbox when it comes to variety of models and the user having the best choice that fits their needs. Can't say the same with the other two.

However, the other two are less expensive, minus the Slingbox SOLO. The Vulkano Flow allow control of multiple devices but is more expensive than the SOLO by about $20.

The Belkin @TV is comparable to the Vulkano but far more expensive but the GUI seems far more fluid.

I only have one device so I'd go with the SOLO, but I am not you and what all you have set up.
Not sure how I missed this response, but thanks for the feedback!

Although I still have to check my powerline situation, I might roll the dice with the SOLO unless I see or hear other feedback that sways me.
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