Catch all the college football action with Slingbox: Top 10 Sports

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. NFL: Cowboys at Giants
2. NFL: Eagles at Panthers
3. NFL: Ravens at Cardinals
4. SportsCenter
5. NFL: RedZone LIVE
6. CFB: Tennessee at Alabama
7. MLB: Mets at Cubs
8. NFL: Jets at Patriots
9. NFL: Saints at Colts
10. MLB: Blue Jays at Royals

The lone college football game on the top 10 list this week was between two Southeastern Conference rivals, the No. 8 Alabama Crimson Tide and the unranked Tennessee Volunteers.

Many expected to see Alabama blow out Tennessee, but the Volunteers put up a valiant effort and kept the Crimson Tide to less than 20 points.  Tennessee had several chances to put points on the board but they unfortunately fell short, missing three crucial field goal opportunities and ultimately losing with the final score 19-14.

With the win, Alabama keeps their playoff hopes alive and their bid to win the SEC if they can prevail over LSU and Auburn in the upcoming weeks. Make sure to use your Slingbox to catch all of the college football action this season.

We’ll be back next week with more top 10 lists.

The Pros and Cons of an NFL Live Stream

Slingbox AirPlay Support

Last Sunday, Yahoo became the first-ever online outlet to offer a free live-stream of an NFL game. Over 15.2 million fans logged on to watch the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Buffalo Bills in London and while this was a huge event for Yahoo, some viewers tuning in were left a little underwhelmed.

When Yahoo first announced its plan in early October, football fans and advertisers alike were jumping for joy at the news. Thirty advertisers signed up to air spots during the webcast and with one billion users, Yahoo’s projection for viewership was high. According to an article on the New York Times, the globally streamed game was an experiment to see how popular the American game was internationally and to also determine the success of an NFL game when aired digitally. Yahoo exceeded its initial goal for the game and when crunching the numbers, the experiment was a success – but according to some media and viewers, it could have been better.

Business Insider editor Cork Gaines tuned in to watch the game and reported back on his experience, mentioning that he didn’t expect to watch a perfect stream but there were far too many glitches and instances of freezing for him to enjoy the game. After exploring the issues further, Gaines determined that those who watched the game on streamers, such as Roku or Apple TV, had a better experience than those who tuned in on a computer.

Yahoo made internet history this weekend but there are still some improvements that need to be made when trying to live stream sports. We know how important it is to catch your hometown football game without experiencing any issues and that’s why Slingbox offers real-time, uncompromised access to live sporting events without blackouts – and that includes international sports too! Simply hook your Slingbox up to the cable box of your choice and you will never miss a play. Are you using Slingbox to root for your favorite football team?

A frightful favorite spooks Slingbox fans: Top 10 Entertainment

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 Walking Dead
2. Today
3. The Big Bang Theory
4. Grey’s Anatomy
5. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
6. Quantico
7. Scandal
8. Empire
9. The Voice
10. How to Get Away With Murder

It seems that Slingbox fans are feeling the spooky spirit of Halloween this week as The Walking Dead topped our list. The show has been a ratings powerhouse in its sixth season and was also the top primetime show for adults ages 18-49 over the past week according to Nielsen.

The past week’s episode, which had more than 13 million viewers, ended on a cliffhanger that has sparked an Internet frenzy with the fate of a pivotal character up in the air.

It will be interesting to see if the show can hold the top spot next week after Halloween as it competes for viewers on Sunday with a Sunday Night Football matchup between Green Bay and Denver (both undefeated) and a potential game five of the World Series.

Use your Slingbox to tune into AMC and watch The Walking Dead at 9 p.m. on Sunday nights.

We’ll be back on Friday with sports.

The NFL continues to score on Slingbox: Top 10 Sports

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. NFL: Patriots vs Colts
2. SportsCenter
3. NFL: Giants at Eagles
4. NFL: Falcons at Saints
5. MLB: Cubs at Mets
6. NFL: Chargers at Packers
7. NFL RedZone LIVE
8. NFL: Broncos at Browns
9. MLB: Mets at Dodgers
10. MLB: Blue Jays at Royals

This past week, Slingbox users continued to follow their favorite NFL teams. The matchup between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts took the top spot on our list; this game had commentators claiming the Colts ran what may have been the worst trick play in the history of professional football.

After lining up in an illegal formation, the Colts attempted a “swinging gate” trick play on fourth down against the Patriots that went horribly wrong. Nearly the entire Colts offense set up on the extreme right side of the field, with just two players near the ball. Colt Anderson, the safety for the Colts, was quickly tackled by several Patriots leading to a turnover on downs and points for the Patriots.

The Patriots ultimately triumphed in the game, winning 34 to 27.

We’ll be back next week with more top 10 lists.

Winter is coming early for Slingbox fans: Top 10 Entertainment

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 Walking Dead
2. Game of Thrones
3. Today
4. Grey’s Anatomy
5. The Big Bang Theory
6. Scandal
7. American Horror Story: Hotel
8. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
9. Empire
10. Quantico

Game of Thrones made this week’s list despite a lack of new episodes; season five of the series wrapped in June 2015 and fans are anxiously waiting for season six, which will premiere in the spring of 2016. The new season will be based on the sixth novel of the book series, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” and will also cover leftover material from the fourth and fifth books.

After the devastating death of Jon Snow in the season five finale, rumors are circulating that the fan-favorite character will make a comeback in season six. While Snow’s fate may be uncertain, one thing we do know is that season six is sure to be filled with jaw-dropping surprises and cliff hangers.

Use your Slingbox to tune into HBO and catch up on Game of Thrones at 9 p.m. on Sunday nights.

We’ll be back on Friday with sports.

How Smart Accessories Are Making the Smart Home a Reality

Image Credit: Coldwell Banker

Image Credit: Coldwell Banker

Technology has made its way into every facet of our lives, including our homes. For example, the smart home is the idea of a house that uses a variety of connected tech products designed to make your home more efficient, and the foundation for these homes is now in place. According to research done by Business Insider’s Intelligence group, almost 80 percent of American homes have wireless Internet and today, there are more than 100 items in your home that could, and eventually will, connect to the Internet.

Even though smart home products are already on the horizon, the road to implementing them into most houses will not be an easy one. The products are more financially demanding than their competitors that do not connect to the Internet. According to PC Magazine, you can buy a Master Lock for $16, but a connected LockState will cost $250. A standard Honeywell thermostat will cost $18, while a Nest will run $250. Lastly, an LED light bulb is $8 on Amazon, but a Philips Hue smart bulb will run $60.

However, there are plans in place to make the transition to smart homes easier. Services like AT&T’s Digital Life and Comcast’s Xfinity Home have designed packages that include several products to make your home “smart” with a more realistic price tag. Comcast’s Xfinity Home will offer a smart thermostat, cameras, motion sensors, outlet controllers and a monthly service plan starting around $40 a month. In addition, the services have technicians that will come to your house to install everything and make sure it works smoothly.

Another smart home accessory spotlighted in PC Magazine is the Amazon Echo. The $180 Amazon Echo is referred to as overpriced but once you experience all it has to offer, it seems like the ideal smart product. The Echo’s name is Alexa, and she is similar to Siri and Cortana. You can ask her what is on your calendar for tomorrow, to play your favorite artist, check the weather and even to tell you a joke.

Slingbox is also a great option for anyone looking to improve their homes with new technologies.  The recently launched M2 allows users to watch 100 percent of their TV content from anywhere in the world, on as many devices as they want with absolutely no monthly fees.  Your TV viewing experience can be enhanced both inside and outside of your home with one small device that sits right on your set top.

The constant creations of smart products aren’t slowing down any time soon and many current items in your home will eventually be connected through the Internet. With these innovative accessories, the idea of the smart home is becoming a reality!  Do you have a smart plan to enhance your home?

MLB Postseason hits it out of the park on Slingbox: Top 10 Sports

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. SportsCenter
  2. NFL: Steelers at Chargers
  3. MLB Tonight
  4. MLB: Cubs at Cardinals
  5. NFL: Patriots at Cowboys
  6. NFL: 49ers vs Giants
  7. NFL: Colts at Texans
  8. MLB: Rangers at Blue Jays
  9. MLB: Blue Jays at Rangers
  10. MLB: Royals at Astros

America’s favorite pastime put an end to football’s domination of our list this week with baseball programming taking five of the top ten spots. Fans using Slingbox didn’t have to miss a single out of action.

The postseason began on September 30 with two single game matchups played by four wild-card teams. The American League Division Series featured matchups between the Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros, as well as the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers. In the National League Division Series, the Chicago Cubs played the St. Louis Cardinals while the New York Mets faced the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The teams are battling to reach the 111th edition of the MLB World Series, where the American League will have home-field advantage for the series because of the AL victory at this year’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati.

Use your Slingbox to catch all of the MLB Playoffs through the World Series.

We’ll be back next week with more top 10 lists.