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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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on a smartphone.