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SlingCatcher Review: Ready For Prime Time?

Configuring the SlingCatcher

Connect the SlingCatcher to your TV, work out how to switch to the right source input and the SlingCatcher welcome message shows up. You need to pick the resolution of your television, which can be anything up to 1080i (your up-to-date 1080p-capable set will do you no good here) ; if you know this, setup is very simple; if not, the instructions are in the skimpy manual for cycling between resolutions, but they’re not as clear as they could be.

Choose the resolution of your TV; this isn’t the resolution of the image the SlingCatcher streams though.

Choose the resolution of your TV; this isn’t the resolution of the image the SlingCatcher streams though.

Change the zoom and picture ratio to suit your TV.You can try different screen resolutions with SlingCatcher if you don’t know what your TV supports.

You have to type in a password to access your Slingbox, which you can do by scrolling up and down through the alphabet or using the number buttons like a phone keypad. If you’ve set a long, secure password because you’ve been using the SlingPlayer on your PC where the keyboard makes that easy, this quickly becomes tedious, so you’ll want to create a SlingAccount from the Slingbox. This can store the details for multiple Slingboxes, and although you may need to type in the password more than once when you’re getting things set up, it will connect you automatically in the future.

You see exactly what you’d usually see when you connect to a set-top box through SlingCatcher – and so does anyone watching the TV it’s plugged into.

You see exactly what you’d usually see when you connect to a set-top box through SlingCatcher – and so does anyone watching the TV it’s plugged into.

The SlingCatcher can access any Slingbox you set up on SlingAccounts, but only one client can access a Slingbox at once, so you can’twatch on a TV and a PC at the same time. And as with the Slingbox, if youchange channel, anyone watching the original TV sees the new channel too.