Finally, a way to keep tabs on my bracket and watch hoops wherever I am. My bracket was busted in the early rounds but I’ve been watching anyway, and still confident my top pick, UConn, will emerge victorious.
How am I keeping up with the tourney? Even during the day? My new Slingbox! When the Slingbox 500 arrived at my house I was really excited to finally be able to “sling” my TV shows and other programs to my cell phone, tablet or laptop. What I wasn’t looking forward to was the setup process. My previous experience with add-on hardware to my home entertainment system taught me that these setups can be both time-consuming and frustrating. Often I have to get tech support on the phone to help me through the process (and I’m pretty tech savvy). This time, however, I was in for a nice surprise! Not only was the process extremely fast it was also deceptively simple. The navigation was so intuitive that the written instructions were hardly even necessary.
Now I can watch my favorite TV programs – sports, dramas, movies, reality shows and more – live or recorded – with my iPhone, iPad or laptop from anywhere: another room, another city, even another country! And the HD streaming picture quality has been really great (so far). All I need is access to high-speed internet and a wireless or wired router. This is truly a game changer and, for me, was especially useful for keeping up with NCAA March Madness. Huskies playing an afternoon game while I’m working? No problem. Traveling when my other teams are playing? I can access my local channels anywhere in the world. Need to catch up on my DVRd shows? Also not a problem. I can even watch during my daily commute thanks to unlimited data (no not while driving lol).
At first – keeping my bracket intact was my priority – but being able to catch games at work or school is super sweet too.
Game scores, stats and curated internet programming, powered by YouTube, are also available. Oh, and did I mention, the Slingplayer apps you have to download to access the programs with your different devices are all free? Setup of the apps is also quick and easy.
The Slingbox 500 works with both Microsoft and Mac products. The only drawback I’ve experienced is that the computer operating system has to be fairly recent – Mavericks 10.9 or better for Apple and Windows 7 or better for Windows PC. But you can always watch your Slingbox on another TV using AirPlay, Roku, Chromecast or Fire TV. (For more detailed information go to support.slingbox.com).
No monthly fees. No subscription fees – other than my regular cable bill – and so far easy access to the programs I want – where and when I want them.
Now I can’t wait to do some traveling so I can keep up with my favorite shows or must-see games on my phone or laptop!
Do you want your own Slingbox 500? Shoot us an email (subject: Slingbox Giveaway) for a chance to win one in a random drawing! All emails must be received by midnight on April 4th.
Disclosure: Slingbox provided a Slingbox 500 to test however all opinions expressed are my own.