As Tonyd79 had mentioned above, it is pretty clear that a Slingbox cannot be used for commercial purposes in any way (even if the bar owner had signed up for a TWC commercial account).
I'm still questioning this. What Slingbox have put up in legalese is probably enforced by the industry, but is it legally enforceable? Are there specific LAWS broken to which this person can be arrested for and be prosecuted for, or is this a violation of terms of service which would result in cancellation of said service.
I see unauthorized use of equipment, as set by the equipment manufacturer. I do not see any evidence that the owner of this establishment can be arrested for breaking the law.
Furthermore, Slingbox does not have a service fee. It is a piece of electronics that cannot be revoked, cannot be taken away, and cannot be remotely disabled if Sling Media finds out it is being used for commercial purposes. The software license states that Sling Media retains ownership of the software license, but what legal recourse do they really have to disable the software? Can they even do such a thing?
I still do not see, however, a criminal offense for which this bar owner can be prosecuted under the fullest extend of the law. Sling Media might be able to sue the bar owner, and the bar owner would probably lose for violating the terms of service. But then again, anyone can sue anyone for any reason.
Still not sure which LAW is broken there.
Additionally, it would appear that - after you contact them - there are options for business solutions using Slingbox to deliver TV Anywhere to a business' customers:
Here is another thought..... the OC sports bar in question is HUGE. Dozens of televisions, many thousands of dollars of profit every night. IF indeed a law is broken here, it might be worth the risk, if the owner already knows the penalties. Again, I still don't quite know WHICH law is broken, but I will have to refer to someone with more legal expertise than me.
Edited by maartena, 16 October 2012 - 10:20 PM.