I am looking at several options to get my HD digital cable TV subscription to a basement TV. Its not used frequently down there so I want something flexible. The TiVo "mini" is one option I am waiting for (provided it doesn't fully "hijack" a tuner) and using an Xbox360 with Ceton/SiliconDust products is another route I am considering.
A few months ago I got a Western Digital Live Hub player and Slingbox SOLO since both can be used together to stream live content from my upstairs TiVo to a basement TV (using the WDTV as the receiver). However, the quality stunk and the controls were EXTREMELY lagging. Even over my hard wired home network, changing a channel took a good 10-15 secs. The Slingbox had to be reset frequently too. Needless to say, I returned the Slingbox SOLO (but did keep the WDTV hub) since I didn't feel it was worth the price tag.
I know they also have new slingboxes out (model 350 & 500), but am hesitant to try them again thinking I would experience the same results as before.
Another similar product I have seen out there and considered is the Monsoon Multimedia Vulkano devices. I thought about getting both a 'Flow' & 'Blast' in order to be able to send the live TV (from TiVo) to this basement TV. Like the Slingbox, I am aware that changing channels will affect BOTH TV viewings so no need to point this out.
Has anyone used these Vulkano products with TiVo to stream live TV in their home to an additional TV? Is it any good and/or worth it? Quality good or bad? Any other advantages/disadvantages?