Top 10 most watched of the week (sports): SpongeBob SquarePants 400 is real and on our list

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Your 10 most watched programs of the week on Slingbox, sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most watched sports:

1. UEFA Champions League
2. NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers vs. Bulls
3. NBA Playoffs: Rockets vs. Clippers
4. NBA Playoffs: Warriors vs. Grizzlies
5. Liga MX soccer
6. PGA Tour: The Players Championship
7. La Liga soccer
8. NBA Playoffs: Hawks vs. Wizards
9.Nascar: SpongeBob SquarePants 400
10. NHL Playoffs: Blackhawks vs. Wild

The yearly Nascar race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., might have passed without raising many eyebrows in the sports world. It was previously known as the STP 500 and 5-Hour Energy 400. It was won this year by Jimmie Johnson. All fairly unsurprising stuff — until you realize that its title sponsor this year was a certain cartoon character known to inhabit a pineapple under the sea. Yes, it was the SpongeBob SquarePants 400, and it came in at No. 9 on our top 10.

In non-Nickelodeon-related sports news, the NBA Playoffs were also very strong. Enough Slingbox users were watching the playoffs on their phones, tablets and laptops to place all four semifinal series on the list. We also saw NHL Playoff action for the first time in a while, as the Chicago-Minnesota series snuck its way into No. 10. But once again, the UEFA Champions League reigned supreme. It will be interesting to see how high the Champions League’s numbers get next week, when the final, between Barcelona and the winner of Wednesday’s match between Real Madrid and Juventus.

We’ll be back next week with another set of top 10s.

Slingbox M1: Now available in the UK and Europe!

We’re happy to announce that Slingbox M1 is now available for purchase in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden! You can get it in the UK at PC World, Currys, Amazon.co.uk and Maplin, and in the Nordic countries through distributors like Turbosat International Limited, TechData and EET Group.

Here’s a quick rundown if you’re new to the product: The M1 is the best entry-level Slingbox we’ve ever made, with an MSRP of £129.99/€199.99. When you hook it up to your home set-top box and to the Internet (via either Wi-Fi or ethernet), it gives you access to your home TV (either live or recorded programming) anywhere on Earth with an Internet connection. You can watch via Slingplayer for Desktop (Windows or Mac), our Slingplayer apps on iOS, Android, Windows or Kindle Fire, or on another TV via Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV or Fire TV. This video illustrates its features well:

Check out our press release on the launch for more information!

Top 10 most watched of the week: The Duggars count their way onto the list

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Our 10 most watched programs of the week on Slingbox, non-sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most watched home entertainment:

1. The Big Bang Theory
2. Game of Thrones
3. Today
4. Grey’s Anatomy
5. Criminal Minds
6. 19 Kids and Counting
7. NCIS
8. Keeping Up with the Kardashians
9. El Señor de los Cielos
10. Dateline NBC

The Duggar family of Tontitown, Ark. have seen their offspring grow from 17 to 18 to 19 over the course of 10 seasons on TLC, and their ratings have only increased in kind. We haven’t seen it on our Slingbox top 10 very often, but it made it to No. 6 this week. Also making its triumphant return: El Señor de los Cielos, which was a consistently strong performer during the fall. The Telemundo drama’s third season actually began April 21, but only really got going on Slingbox this week.

Other than those two, it was mostly familiar names on the list, although it was interesting to note that Good Morning America has dropped off the top 10 altogether. Also, Dateline NBC made its way onto the list for the first time in a while, and The Big Bang Theory, a show about people who like things like Game of Thrones, and Game of Thrones itself, went 1-2.

We’ll be back tomorrow with our sports top 10 for the week.

Slingbox Infographic: With Slingbox, your TV knows no borders

If you have a Slingbox, you know that it lets you watch your TV away from home. We love to hear about customers who use theirs to watch while hanging out in the backyard, waiting in line at the supermarket, or even at work (we won’t tell). But Slingbox lets you take your TV farther — a lot farther. You can use your Slingbox anywhere in the world with an Internet connection, with no geographical restrictions whatsoever. That’s something that the big cable companies can’t come close to matching.

When it comes to watching TV while traveling, whether its on a business trip or a pleasure trip, Slingbox users are an impressive bunch. We combed the data to find how and where they’ve watched across international borders, and the results were fascinating. For instance, the longest session (by distance) in Slingbox history was when a Slingbox in Taipei, Taiwan was watched by someone in Asuncion, Paraguay. That’s 12,380 miles — only 65 miles short of being exactly half the Earth’s circumference!

Check out more of our most extreme sessions, as well as some interesting facts about which international destinations Americans are most likely to watch their Slingboxes in, in this infographic:

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Top 10 most watched of the week (sports): NFL Draft is huge, while Mayweather-Pacquiao is no knockout

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Your 10 most watched programs of the week on Slingbox, sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most watched sports:

1. 2015 NFL Draft
2. NBA Playoffs: Spurs vs. Clippers
3. La Liga soccer
4. NBA Playoffs: Bulls vs. Cavaliers
5. Liga MX soccer
6. Nascar: GEICO 500
7. Kentucky Derby
8. NBA Playoffs: Clippers vs. Rockets
9. Mayweather vs. Pacquiao
10. CONCACAF Liga de Campeones

Saturday, May 2, was one of the biggest sports days of the year — not only were the long-scheduled Kentucky Derby and rounds 4-7 of the NFL Draft happening on that date, the relatively recently-planned Mayweather-Pacquiao fight was dropped into it as well. All three events made appearances on our weekly list, with the Draft unsurprisingly leaping above all others. That’s what happens when you combine the behemoth that is pro football with an event that stretches for hours across three days.

The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight — which hordes of fans paid a record $100 to watch on pay-per-view — didn’t have a particularly strong showing (much like Pacquiao himself). This doesn’t surprise us much; if you’re going to drop that much money on one event, it makes sense that you’d make a point to be at home when it happens. It’s the same reason that huge singular events like the Super Bowl aren’t as huge on Slingbox as you might think, while events as part of a larger series — whether it’s the NFL season itself, the NBA Playoffs or soccer’s various champions’ leagues, do extremely well.

We’ll be back next week with another set of top 10s.

Top 10 most watched of the week (entertainment): McDreamy is dead, but Grey’s Anatomy is alive and well on Slingbox

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Our 10 most watched programs of the week on Slingbox, non-sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most watched home entertainment:

1. The Big Bang Theory
2. Grey’s Anatomy
3. Game of Thrones
4. Today
5. NCIS
6. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
7. Keeping Up with the Kardashians
8. The Voice
9. Criminal Minds
10. The O’Reilly Factor

In one of the more shocking moments in recent TV memory, Patrick Dempsey’s Dr. Derek Shepherd — once, and perhaps better, known as “McDreamy” — died on the Grey’s Anatomy episode that aired April 23. The event was a ratings bonanza for the 11-season-old medical drama, and it’s stayed strong in its wake, reaching No. 2 on our list this week. The only thing more popular on Slingbox was all the multitudes of people who watched The Big Bang Theory on their phones, tablets and laptops.

It continued to be the usual suspects on the list otherwise: Game of Thrones was very strong again, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is still going strong in its 16th season. The only show on the list that we don’t see regularly see was The O’Reilly Factor, which sneaked on at No. 10.

We’ll be back tomorrow with our sports top 10.

Top 10 most watched of the week (sports): NBA Playoffs huge again, but Champions League is still king

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Your 10 most watched programs of the week on Slingbox, sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most watched sports:

1. UEFA Champions League
2. NBA Playoffs: Clippers vs. Spurs
3. NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers vs. Celtics
4. NBA Playoffs: Warriors vs. Pelicans
5. Liga MX soccer
6. NBA Playoffs: Rockets vs. Mavericks
7. La Liga soccer
8. NBA Playoffs: Bulls vs. Bucks
9. NBA Playoffs: Grizzlies vs. Trail Blazers
10. Nascar: Toyota Owners 400

Another week of the NBA playoffs down, another week of tons of Slingbox users watching the NBA playoffs live on their phones, tablets and laptops. Just like last week, six of the eight postseason series made our list. Last week, the most popular series was the Golden State-New Orleans matchup that ended in a sweep; this week the most popular was the L.A. Clippers-San Antonio series which is currently deadlocked with two wins apiece.

However, sitting atop all the basketball on the list, just like last week, was the UEFA Champions League. Last week saw Bayern Munich crush Porto 6-1, Barcelona beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-0, Real Madrid defeat Atletico Madrid 1-0, and Monaco and Juventus play to a 0-0 draw.

We’ll be back next week with another set of top 10s.