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How does Slingbox work?

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Slingbox is an AV device that works by compressing the TV signal and making it available for users to access via an Internet connection. This lets users watch TV programs on a computer or a smartphone after connecting the device to the set-top box, TV and home network.

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Slingbox 500, Slingbox 350 and the Slingbox PRO-HD models let users watch TV content through the Slingbox website. Older models, including Slingbox Classic and Slingbox AV, require the use of the desktop version of SlingPlayer for computers that run on a Mac OS or a Windows operating system. Although the SlingPlayer app is not compatible with smart TVs as of 2015, users can still watch Slingbox on smart TVs by using a streaming device such as Roku or Chromecast.

Slingbox lets users watch different programs on the TV and the remote device, but this only works if the Slingbox is connected to a secondary set-top box that is not in use at that moment. Another downside is that the remote viewing functionality is limited to only one device. Users can access Slingbox from a different country provided they have a broadband Internet connection. Slingbox is also capable of displaying an image of the remote control device on the screen, allowing users to control the DVR functionality from a computer or smartphone.

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