CNET First Look
Sling Media Slingbox Pro-HDThe Slingbox HD has support for multiple connections and the ability to stream high definition video.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> I'm John Falcone, Senior Editor at CNET.com and this is the Slingbox Pro HD. Like all previous Slingbox model, this one streams your living room TV to your Windows or Mac computer and to a variety of Smartphones allowing you to watch live TV programming or anything on your home DVR anywhere in the world where you have access to a broadband internet connection. The Pro HD has several improvements over the previous high-end Slingboxes. First off, it's got a much better-looking design. It's an attractive black and gray, not the garish red of the earlier Slingbox Pro model. Secondly, it's got the input and output jacks built-in. There's no need for a separate dangle as was need on the last version. Thirdly, it's got support for digital antenna and cable broadcast so it will be fully functional after the 2009 DTV transition. And fourth, the big one, it allow streaming of full HD video to PCs and to the companion SlingCatcher products. The Pro HD can support 3 to 4 simultaneous sources, one high-def, one antenna cable and one or two standard def and you can switch between them at will. It's got no HDMI inputs or outputs, but it does support digital audio connections for the HD source. There's also no built-in Wi-Fi, so you need a power line adaptor or a wireless bridge if there's no nearby Ethernet port. We found the Pro HD delivered the best ever video quality we've seen on a Slingbox product, but there is a catch. Because it is limited by the upstream bandwidth of your Internet connection, the best quality video is really only going to be available within your honed home network. If getting as close as possible to the original HD video signal is important to you or if you have a need to tap into multiple video sources, then you'll find the Slingbox Pro HD to be worth the extra money. If you plan on accessing your TV over the Internet, you'll be better off sticking with the step-down Slingbox solo model. I'm John Falcone for CNET and that's the Slingbox Pro HD. ^M00:02:16 [ Music ]