Slingbox and droid x. Is it worth it?

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    I just talked to a dish network rep. and he was saying that if I bought a sling box for a 100 bucks, I could stream to my droid x for free. So I ask the droid experts. Is it worth it. I was thinking about using it up at the lake where we don't have cable. I was thinking about hooking it up via the droids hdmi output to are tv. I was wondering what kind of stream I could expect running on vienna 3g network. Will it buffer every 2 seconds? How will the puncture look? I'd appreciate any advice before I dish out a $100 on something that won't work for me.

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    I'm not sure what's needed on the Droid X but I have a coworker with a Blackberry and Slingbox and he can not live without it. He's demonstrated it several times when we go out to lunch and I have to say it's pretty decent. Of course that's watching the stream on the phone itself. Not sure if porting that to a TV would cause any issues.

    But as a technology, it's pretty cool and $100 is not a bad price to pay to even test it out. I'd buy one and just eat smaller lunches for a month!
     
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    I have Slingbox on my X and I can't live without it. Fast action is a little choppy but it is well worth the trade off. I have Directv with a DVR and I have no problems.
     
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    So, is it 100$ for the box and 25$ for an app? I have heard good things about slingbox, but i wonder if you could get the same thing out of some of these websites that have live tv and all of the network websites that have full episodes of their tv shows 1 or 2 days after broadcast?
     
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    The app was free. I just thought it'd be better then getting cable at the lake since we only go up there around 2 or 3 times a month on the weekends. I was more worried about how good the stream was. I hate watching videos that keep buffering over and over.

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    u need the slingbox and the sling app which is $30 from the market for this to work. i have been using sling for 4 years now and love it. it is the reason i never got the droid because sling wasnt avaiable on android yet until June
     
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    Have you ever hooked it up via hdmi output on the droid?



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    If you get the sling adapter for $100, the DISH app for the Droid X is free. I have this setup with my OG Droid. Works great over 3G and wifi! As you know the Sling adapter only plugs into certain of the DISH receivers.

    I can't comment on the HDMI port.
     
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    What's the typical data usage for streaming to your Droid?

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    u mean using the hdmi on the phone to play the sling on a tv? or a the hdmi out on the sling hardware?
     
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    I'm sure it uses lots of data but I can't tell you how much. Streams fine over 3g.
     
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    I mean using the hdmi out from your phone. And I wonder if using it for the weekend would flag my verizon account for heavy usage.



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    An easy way to tell what you are using is to put the Data Usage widget (listed under Android Widgets) on your home screen somewhere. See what it says you've used and jot it down, then use the phone to stream some shows or whatever, and check the widget. It doesn't update real time but it appears to track well with my usage and should give you a good idea of what you are using.

    Not sure what Verizon deems heavy usage but I'd start worrying if I went over 5GB/month. That's a lot of data for a phone but if you stream a movie every day and the file size is kind of big (my movies are in the 200MB-500MB range depending), you could be using significant amounts of data...
     
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    I actually stream Pandora for about 8-10 hrs a day at work.

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