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Slingbox -- It isn't about T.V. over the internet. It's about my OWN T.V. over the internet

By Andrew Pollack on 01/11/2008 at 12:47 PM EST

I mentioned a few days ago that I got a Slinbox with the gift certificate Barb gave me for Christmas. I'm really enjoying it, with all the time I spend waiting for the kids at one practice or another. What's interesting, is that lots of services are offering video over the internet, and most of what I'm watching I could get in other ways. Most of the networks offer their stuff a few days later for on-line viewing, iTunes sells the stuff, etc.

The thing is, its a pain the backside to use those things. When I use my Slinbox, I'm sitting in front of my own t.v. and DVR. All the channels are the same, the controls are the same -- I get a virtual remote control on my desktop that looks and works exactly like the one I use for my DVR. The result is a much more enjoyable and useful way to use the system. I'm really impressed.

The only thing that bugs me about this whole process is something common to you Tivo users. The little IR transmitters used to control the cable box. They're like little symbols of poor integration. I hate the fact that any kind of device would need those simply because of a resistance to standards.


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re: Slingbox -- It isn't about T.V. over the internet. It's about my OWN T.V. over the internetBy Craig Wiseman on 01/11/2008 at 02:27 PM EST
Nifty and all, but you should try using it via the PalmOS or WinMobile clients
on a smartphone.

.that's. nifty.
re: Slingbox -- It isn't about T.V. over the internet. It's about my OWN T.V. over the internetBy Carl Tyler on 01/11/2008 at 05:33 PM EST
I've had mine for about 2 years now
http://www.iminstant.com/iminstant/iminstant.nsf/d6plinks/CTYR-6KHNEM

I think it's a fabulous piece of kit. My niece uses it in England, my brother
hit it when he was in Afghanistan.

I have the windows mobile client and it works great too.

For people who a tuner card already in their PC, I can also recommend orb.com
as something to take a look at. It's not the same as Slingbox, but it is
free and works pretty well too.
re: Slingbox -- It isn't about T.V. over the internet. It's about my OWN T.V. over the internetBy Koral on 05/03/2008 at 07:36 PM EDT
Its quite a nice device, im using it with my satellite system.
http://www.eibmoz.dk/motorised-satellite-tv/index.php

If both locations have high bandwidth you can get good very picture quality!


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