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Sling Media has just announce the ability for WD TV media players by Western Digital to work with the Slingbox Pro HD and Solo Models.
On your WD TV Media player you can now access the SlingPlayer app, change channels, navigate the program guide or watch and schedule recordings on your DVR – all from your HD TV.
Here is what you need to start streaming to your TV.
- An HDTV connected to a WD TV Live or Western Digital WD TV Live Hub
- Slingbox SOLO (SB260-100) or Slingbox PRO-HD SB300-100 with the latest firmware.
- Wired or wireless connection to the Internet
- Bandwidth Requirements
- HD: 2 Mbps or higher
- SD: 600 Kbps or higher
Hook up your WD TV® media player then go to the Live TV tab.
Find and select the SlingPlayer icon.
Login to your Sling account, select your Slingbox, and start watching your television programming.
If you have a WD TV media player and a Slingbox Solo or Pro HD we would love to hear how the Slingplayer app streams for you. Hit us up with a comment!
August 19, 2011
Just updated the firmware on my WDTV and connected to my SlingBox PRO-HD, this works very well, picture quality is very good (local LAN connection), it feels like it takes a bit longer for the commands to be sent to the SlingBox vs. what I'm used to with the SlingCatcher. All is well except one drawback: the value of my SlingCatcher on the used market just took a nozedive!
Also, as the post says, it doesn't work on my older SlingBox PRO…
Sounds like you might want to sell your SlingCatcher now.
Thanks for the feedback. I might have to go get me a new WD Live Hub now.
June 6, 2012
I have a Slingbox PRO HD. Have tried the Boxee box, logotech revue and now just purchased the WDTV Live. I WANT to say it works the best of all 3 because its the simplest, has a cool feature that can test your bandwidth on both ends, remote easier to use, BUT it loses a connection every 5 minutes or so and you need to re-connect. Is anyone else having this problem? or know of a fix? I feel like there are some bugs to worked out with this device but has such great potential. Also, like the other 2 connected devices that have slingplayer apps you will lose your connection when you try to pull up the program guide in the middle of streaming. Man, they are so close to making my dream of having a philadelphia tv in portland it makes me more frustrated. grrr.
Fake Eddy- i also feel it takes a bit longer too to send commands on WDTV! (at least compared to the boxee box)
IF the 5 minute connection loss issue is fixed i would rank them 1. WDTV Live 2. Boxee Box 3.Logotech Revue. but as of this minute i gotta give the nod to boxee box
5 minutes are up! time to reconnect…
January 10, 2011
As I've been having network problems with my Catcher, and I just happened to have a WD TV hooked up for streaming media locally, I updated the firmware and tried it out with the new Slingbox app.
It works just like the webplayer, so unlike the Catcher, you do not need port forwarding for it to work, so big bonus there! I agree with the others, commands do take quite a bit more time to go through than the Catcher though, so FF and REW are a bit of a pain with WDTV if you are watching a PVR. Also the onscreen remote commands aren't as quick to get to or easy to use as the Catcher remote.
I would have to say it does seem to provide a better picture quality than the Catcher though, and with a seemingly more constant speed, therefore less skipping.
Tony: I have never had to reconnect my WDTV, is it possible you are running it at too high a quality setting? Other than that I don't have any other suggestions as I haven't experienced that problem, and I'm half way around the world from my Slingbox.
Overall, initially at least, I wouldn't get rid of the Catcher yet, I think for it's ease of use and remote control command speeds (I watch mainly PVR so I need FF and REW a lot!) it still wins over WDTV. Nice to have options though!
June 6, 2012
I did the network speed test and it recommended "better" for quality. (great picture quality by the way. not quite HD but still solid) 5 minutes in- sure enough though the slingbox disconnects and i have to re-stream. I tried your advice Popesterb and downgraded the quality to "good" but same thing happened. tried "basic" same thing 4.5 minutes in. I feel like i'm taking crazy pills!
August 19, 2011
June 6, 2012
I tried the hard wired approach. No luck. It disconnects from the slingbox 4-5 minutes in, sometimes earlier. I am however slightly glad it is happening to someone else and i can stop taking crazy pillsit is still very frustrating. i was also thinking it was maybe an issue with the slingbox back in phily but i am on sling website and streaming for over an hour at 1800kbps and it looks great. now if i could only get this stupid thing to work. big thumbs down to wdtv live if they can't fix. thinking about returning this clunker for the boxee box but don't really want to pay the extra $80 for the boxee. hmm, anyone hear any rumors of other connected devices in the pipeline to have slingplayer? i have tried all 3 from the sling website (boxee box, wdlive tv and logitech revue)
I would strongly recommend checking your Slingbox's capacitors, even if you are streaming without any problem on Sling website. Please check how your Slingbox works with Flash SlingPlayer: http://slingplayer.slingbox.com/embedded/slingplayer.php
September 3, 2010
I have had this issue before of disconnect and connect even using my Slingcatcher. I thought it was my Sling that is causing this and just recently found out that it was actually my router doing this. After replacing my router, everything works perfectly on my catcher.
I also have a revue and running Slingplayer once in a while. What I notice is that the quality is way better than my sling (I think this is because it uses UDP rather than TCP). But the problem comes when you change channel and video freezes while you can still hear the audio and changed to other channel. In my opinion, those sling players on connected devices haven't perfected the remote as opposed to stand alone players.
This is a great step for those who don't have the Catcher and to those looking for a more affordable player that can project your remote sling to a TV (as we all know that catcher has been discontinued and prices is ridiculously high if you want to buy from ebay, amazon). Also, the catcher is definitely dead for a lot of reasons (doesn't support UDP, waste of HDMI port on your TV, quality is not really that good compared to connected device).
What I will be interested is to have a sling player on connected device that can actually replace the sling player that we used to have (like those on PC/Mac, sling catcher). Thanks.