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Resolutions in SlingPlayer 2.0 for Windows

SlingPlayer 2.0 for Windows can display images in four resolutions (VGA, HVGA, QVGA, and "Tiny"). Just below the TV image, an icon displays resolution you're currently watching. This article explains the differences between these resolutions.

SlingPlayer 2.0 for Windows can display images in four resolutions. (An image's resolution is the number of "dots" that it takes to make up the image.) SlingPlayer tells you the current resolution by displaying it just below the TV image.

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The four resolutions that SlingPlayer can display are:

  • HD (only the Slingbox PRO-HD can stream in HD)
  • VGA
  • HVGA
  • QVGA
  • QQVGA
  • "Tiny"

Here are the specifics on the standard resolutions:

Name Resolution Total image "dots" Aspect Ratio Comments
VGA 640 x 480 307,200 3:2  
HVGA 640 x 240 153,600 8:3 One half of VGA's resolution
QVGA 320 x 240 76,800 3:2 One quarter of VGA's resolution
QQVGA 256 x 192 49,152 4:3  
Tiny 224 x 176 39,424    
Tiny 160 x 120 19,200 3:2 One quarter of QVGA's resolution; 1/16 of VGA's resolution


Can I change this resolution?

Yes ... but it's better if you let SlingPlayer determine the best resolution for current conditions. SlingPlayer analyzes your network connection, as well as the signal that's being transmitted from your Slingbox, and determines the optimum viewing settings based on that information. However ...

If you'd like to try other settings anyway ... :

  1. Click the resolution indicator
    The SlingPlayer Options - Encoding window appears.
  2. Select the second option: Enable SlingStream optimization with a video resolution of
  3. From the drop-down menu that becomes available, select the resolution that you'd like.
  4. Click OK.
    After a brief optimization, SlingPlayer displays the resolution that you've selected. The resolution indicator changes to reflect this new setting.

Related Information

What's an i-Frame? What's an i-Frame interval?

Curious about some of the things your Slingbox does "under the hood" so you can watch your TV anywhere? In this article, we look at i-Frames and i-Frame intervals.

Optimizing the video stream automatically

SlingStream optimizes video as it is sent and received over the Internet. SlingStream optimization generally provides the best possible video experience for most viewers.

Optimizing the video stream automatically with a specific resolution

SlingStream optimizes video as it is sent and received over the Internet. SlingStream optimization generally provides the best possible video experience for most Slingers. But you can also have the best of both worlds: you can optimize the video stream automatically, but also specify a particular screen resolution.

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