[mythtv-users] Record HD by using a slingbox HD?

Steve Peters - Priority Electronics steve at priorityelectronics.com
Thu Nov 29 04:24:48 UTC 2007

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[mailto:mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of David George
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2007 7:50 PM
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Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] Record HD by using a slingbox HD?

On 11/28/2007 10:32 PM, Steve Peters - Priority Electronics wrote:
> Hello, has anyone ever considered trying to use a slingbox HD to get
> HD recordings into their myth tv box?
> I've never used a slingbox, so let me know if this is just not 
> possible, but it seems to me that the slingbox can record from your hd 
> source, then compresses the video and then sends the video file out 
> over the network. Couldn't this be used kind of like the hd homerun?
> This taken from slingbox's website:
> "The HD Connect Cable lets you watch your home television's high 
> definition programming* by connecting your HDTV source to the 
> SlingboxT PRO. The HD Connect Cable has component video and stereo 
> audio inputs and pass-through outputs, and is compatible with HDTV 
> video services of up to 1080i resolution."
> -Let me know your thoughts.

Looks to me like it will accept HD but convert it to SD. From: 

IMPORTANT NOTE: While you can access your HD content in either of these 
ways, this HD content does not stream in high definition. Instead, it 
uses SlingStream technology to convert the HD video stream into standard 
definition, then it compresses the video to match the available network 
and Internet bandwidth. In this way, it streams the HD content in high 
quality standard definition form.

The Slingbox SOLO, and the Slingbox PRO/HD Connect combination, support 
analog downsampling from 480p, 720p, 768p, and 1080i to standard 
definition. There is support for either 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratios, based 
on user settings, and encode resolutions up to 640x480.


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To bad then. Why would they advertise it as HD if it streams as SD?

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