A slingbox is a small electronic box shaped object that connects to the back of the television. The slingbox takes the signal from things such as cable boxes, satellite receivers and digital video recorders and transfer the signal to a laptop or computer, as long as the user has a high speed, dependable Internet connection.
The device was created by Sling Media in 2005 to allow people to view their own television connections on computers for the sake of comfort and convenience. Users can also watch the television broadcasts over Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast.
Sling Media is a company dedicated to the provision of multi-screen smart TV products for consumers and television operators. The company was founded in 2004 by two brothers, with the headquarters being based in Foster City, California. Sling Media strives to develop products and electronic solutions that allow users of their products to watch their own paid-for home television anywhere in the world, on any connected device, because the company believes that once the connection is paid for, it should not be limited to one solid area. The device has won over 50 industry awards, being sold in over 22 countries around the world, in over 5,000 stores, as of 2015.