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How does the Slingbox work?

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The Slingbox compresses audio-video signals so that users can access their TV shows or movie collections remotely. Using proprietary technology, the Slingbox provides video streaming without pauses or jumping.

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The Slingbox is a device that streams local video over the Internet so that a viewer can watch TV anywhere using a laptop, tablet or smartphone. It compresses the audio-video signal, making it available in any room of the home or around the world using a high-speed Internet connection.

In order to use the Slingbox, homeowners need to connect it to a video source in their property, such as a cable box, set-top box, DVD player or DVR, and they need to have a broadband Internet connection. The Slingbox utilizes patented technology called SlingStream that monitors the Internet connection constantly and makes immediate adjustments to ensure the video stream is of the highest quality available for the bandwidth of the network. Using this technology means there should be no jumping or pauses in the video stream.

Users need to install the SlingPlayer on their desired viewing device. The app displays an identical image of the TV's remote, making it just as easy to control the TV from another room or country as it does from the couch. Users can then watch TV on their mobile devices as if they are at home.

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