How to Chromecast SlingBox to TV (Guide)

SlingBox Chromecast

Slingbox is a set-top box connected to your TV. If you want to cast all the Slingbox contents to Chromecast connected TV, it can be done through the Slingplayer app. SlingPlayer is available on both the Android and iOS app store.

Learn How to Set up Chromecast

Steps to Chromecast Slingbox using an Android device

Step 1: Connect your smartphone and Chromecast with the same WiFi connection.

Step 2: Open the Google Play Store app and search for SlingPlayer.

Step 3: Click Install to start installing the SlingPlayer app on your Android device.

Step 4: Once the installation is done, click Open to launch the app.

Step 5: Tap on Create New Account.

Step 6: Enter your Email address, Password and other required details to create a new account.

Step 7: Enter your login credentials in the login page and then click log In

Step 8: This app will automatically search for the Slingbox device, which is connected to the same WiFi network.

Step 9: Select your Slingbox device, and it opens with all the Slingbox media contents.

Step 10: Tap on any video to play, then tap again on the screen to view controls.

Step 11: Click the Cast icon, and it will search for available Chromecast device.

Step 12: Select your Chromecast device from it.

Step 13: Now, the same content on your mobile screen will be displayed to the Chromecast connected TV.

Steps to Chromecast Slingbox using an iOS device

Step 1: Connect your iPhone or iPad and Chromecast device to the same WiFi network.

Step 2: Also connect your Slingbox with the same WiFi network.

Step 3: Open the App Store on your iPhone and search for SlingPlayer.

Step 4: Install and launch the SlingPlayer app on your iOS device.

Step 5: Enter the Slingbox login credential and click Log In to enter into the app.

Note: If you don’t have a Slingbox login, then click Create a new account by entering your Email ID and other details.

Step 6: This app will automatically search for the available Slingbox device, select your Slingbox name from the shown result.

Step 7: Choose any videos from the SlingPlayer home screen to play.

Step 8: Then, just tap on your mobile screen to see the SlingPlayer controls.

Step 9: Click on the cast icon, and it will search for the available Chromecast device.

Step 10: Select your Chromecast device, when the connection is established, the video playing on your iOS device will immediately be shown on Chromecast connected TV screen.

Related: Chromecast Fox News to TV

Steps to Chromecast Slingbox contents using a Web Browser

Step 1: Connect your PC or laptop and Chromecast device with the same WiFi.

Step 2: Open the web browser on your PC and visit slingbox.com.

Step 3: Enter the login credentials and click Log In.

Step 4: To set up Slingbox, you need to install and launch the Sling player app on your PC or laptop.

Step 5: Login SlingPlayer by using the same Slingbox login.

Step 6: Play any video and right-click on the streaming screen.

Step 7: Select Cast option so that it will search for the available Chromecast device.

Step 8: Click on the Source drop-down and choose Cast tab.

Step 10: Select your Chromecast device, and the video playing on your PC screen will cast on the TV screen.

Read: VRV to Chromecast

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Sign Up for Plex

Plex is a cloud-based service that allows you to access and stream your media files from any connected device. It is a popular option that users enjoy because it is fast and reliable.

There is a basic free account, and you can opt for a paid account with more benefits if you find it useful. Plex is a fantastic way to manage your entire media library from anywhere and definitely worth trying out.

SlingPlayer Website

If you want to watch your TV through a computer’s web browser you can via the SlingBox website. You get all the same features including fullscreen mode or a Pop Up player that you can put on a different display. You can switch to different connections and view all of your DVR recorded shows. It works as well as the apps giving you more options. Most importantly, using the website costs nothing. Sling Media includes it in the cost of the box.

You can’t view the website on a mobile browser unless it supports full flash, meaning only some Android devices and of course no iOS devices will work. See the above video for a brief demo.

Design: chunky but efficient

At about 7 x 4 x 1.8 inches, the Slingbox M1 is noticeably larger than most streaming set-top boxes, such as the $100 Roku 3 or the $99 Apple TV. As the entry-level model, the M1 includes only basic connections. (The company also announced the more stylish and expensive SlingTV, its $300 premium device). There’s no HDMI port on the M1, but that won’t be a problem as long as your video source includes component (separate red, green and blue cables) or composite output. For HD quality, use the component video connection from your cable or satellite box.

The unit includes a built-in IR transmitter that sends commands to your TV box when it needs to change the channel or perform other functions. Slingbox includes a separate IR transmitter that you can use to get around obstacles, if your TV receiver box is behind a cabinet or in a place that blocks the IR signal.

The M1 doesn’t come with a separate remote; you use its PC or Mac software, or Android or iOS apps, to change the channel or play a recorded show from the DVR. The M1 does include 802.11n Wi-Fi, a bump up from Ethernet-only on the SlingBox 350, the company’s previous entry-level model. But you can also connect the M1 to the Internet through wired Ethernet if the wireless method doesn’t work well enough.

It’s important to realize that you’re really watching what’s on the cable or satellite box that the M1 is connected to; If you change the channel from across town, that’s also what your pay-TV box is tuned to at home. If you share the TV with others in the house, that may be a problem if they want to watch a different TV show. (They could still watch content from other sources connected to the TV, though, such as a Blu-ray player, game console or Roku.) Moreover, the M1 allows only one user to stream at a time.

Will there be any new Slingbox devices in the future?

Slingbox has officially confirmed in its announcement FAQ that they will not release a Slingbox device in the future and is also no longer shipping any of their products.

In addition to scrapping their product line, the company also revealed that it is discontinuing some of its apps including:

  • SlingPlayer (Free) for Android tablets
  • SlingPlayer (Paid) for Android smartphones
  • SlingPlayer for Roku
  • SlingPlayer for Windows Phone

All the other apps will continue to work as intended and will receive maintenance updates.

Slingbox Setup

Slingbox configuration

Let’s say we’re going to Sling our digital cable signal to our computer. That means our video source is the digital cable box. Here’s what our overall configuration is going to look like:

Step 1: A/V Connections

Setting up the Slingbox hardware is easy. Let’s take the Classic Slingbox as an example. The first step is to connect the cable box to the Slingbox using an available video output on the cable box. We’re going to use a Slingbox-supplied cable to connect the S-video, coaxial or composite video output on the cable box (S-video is the highest quality) to the corresponding input on the Slingbox. We can only make a composite audio connection, so that decision is simple.

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Classic Slingbox connections Photo courtesy Sling Community

If we had no available outputs on our cable box, we could use the Slingbox as a pass-through, connecting the cable jack to the Slingbox input and the Slingbox output to the cable box.

Step 2: Infrared (IR) Connections

Next, we position the Slingbox IR emitter in front of the cable box’s IR receiver. This is how you control the cable box from your computer. When you click "channel up" on your virtual remote, the SlingPlayer software tells the Slingbox to emit the "cannel up" IR code for your cable box.

IR emitter positioned in front of cable-box receiver Photo courtesy Sling Community

Sling Media has built the infrared codes for thousands of devices into the SlingPlayer software — you can’t easily input your own IR codes, but even if your specific device isn’t listed in the software setup, you’ll be able to select a comparable unit. (See Sling Community: How to Add New Remote Control Codes to Your Slingbox to learn how you can teach your Slingbox new codes, if you’re up to it.)

Step 3: Ethernet Connection

If we happen to have an Ethernet jack or router in our living room, we’re golden. We just use the supplied Ethernet cable to connect the Slingbox Ethernet port to the Ethernet jack on the wall or router. Otherwise, we’ll buy a couple of powerline-to-Ethernet wall adapters and make the connection that way (Sling Media sells their own version, called SlingLinks). The wall adapters turn a regular power outlet into an Ethernet jack, using a home’s powerlines to send data from one Ethernet-enabled device to another (see HomePlug 1.0 Technology White Paper to learn about powerline networking). We just put one on an outlet near the Slingbox and another on an outlet near our router.

A SlingLink, top, can help you connect your Slingbox to the Internet. Photo courtesy Sling Media

If you have a wireless router, you can either use a pair of SlingLinks or a WiFi-to-Ethernet bridge to make the network connection. Slingbox doesn’t have WiFi built in.

Step 4: Power Up

The final step in hardware setup is to plug the Slingbox into a wall outlet.

Next, we move on to the software setup. Depending on the type of router you have and the video source you choose, you might run into a couple of snags.

Step 5: Configure the Software

The SlingPlayer software has a setup wizard that walks you through the whole process on your computer. We tell SlingPlayer what the Slingbox is connected to — in this case, a digital cable box — and the software spits out a list of makes and models. Hopefully, our digital cable box is on the list, in which case the software automatically configures Slingbox for our device. If it isn’t, the software will guide us to a comparable device with similar settings and remote codes.

The place where some people run into trouble is the router configuration. If our router is Universal Plug ‘n Play (UPnP), there’s nothing to it but a couple of mouse clicks. If our router is not UPnP, there’s going to be some effort involved in configuring it for the Slingbox. Again, the software will walk us through the process and tell us which settings to change. If manually configuring a router scares you, you may not be happy, but it’s definitely doable.

We’ll immediately know if we’ve configured everything correctly, because our digital cable programming will pop up on the computer screen. We may have to back up a couple of times to access the stream, or it may happen on the first shot. Once we’ve successfully accessed the stream from home, watching TV from a remote location should be a snap. The video quality from a WiFi hotspot may be choppier than it is at home, though, because network connection speeds vary. The greater the available bandwidth, the better the picture looks.

For complete setup instructions, see Sling Community: Installing Your Slingbox.

Slingbox is not your only option when it comes to watching your TV remotely. In the next section, we’ll look at some other available technology and find out what Sling Media has in store for its flagship product.

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To Conclude

With Slingbox Chromecast, you can watch your live TV or recorded content from anywhere in the world. You can also give guest access to your family member or friend to stream all your Slingbox contents. While playing through SlingPlayer Chromecast, the app can be used by only one person at a time. You cannot use the Slingbox app on your mobile if someone is using it on a computer or other devices with the same login. For any queries or got any ideas, please comment below.

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