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this gadget lets you control your TV and Tivo or DVR from any computer in the world with broadband access. all you need is a home network and the Tivo/ TV able to be connected to the router via ethernet (or a slinglink described in post 49 lets you have the Tivo and router in different rooms). It works very well and picture quality was surprisingly good. The TV screen pops up on the right hand side of the screen and a virtual Tivo remote pops up on the left side. you mouse click the remote to control your Tivo. There is virtually no delay either. you can do anything on your Tivo as if you were home, including schedule shows, transfer shows, view photos, listen to Mp3s (all assuming of course you have home media option)

check it out at http://www.slingmedia.com/

named entertainment product of the year by PC magazine in the Jan 06 issue
 

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danieljanderson said:
What is the process you use to log into your unit?
Do you need a static IP or or a DNS service?
Or, do they do it kind of like GOTOMYPC, where an app is alway running on your PC?
Slingmedia have a "Finder" service that keeps track of it. No fixed IP or DDNS required. You just need to know the devices finder id and password.
 

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Nice. I saw it a short while ago on Regis and Kelley. I've signed up for the Beta but havene't heard anything.

Must have :)
 

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Stanley Rohner said:
Don't hold your breath.
...I've learned from TiVo :( but, on the other hand, the slingbox Web site does say "Macintosh-compatible versions in the coming months."
 

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adavidw said:
Let me add two points here... One, the Sling folks are pretty cool dudes. Second thing, they were pretty vague this AM when I asked about the pricing mention in the press release - based on that I'm guessing either the software will have a fee or it will be subscription based. Hmmm. Like TiVo's iPod/PSP support, they still have time to change their minds and give it away - that's my vote!

Let me add a third thing... Blake K. specifically told me a few months ago they know how to build Mac support and fully intend to. No telling when it will show up or if it's actively being developed at the moment, but they seem to recognize and value the Mac community.
 

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I don't understand where Mac support comes into this. The slingbox runs all by itself dumping the video out through your home network. Is there a client piece required to actually view the stream on another computer (where Mac isn't supported) or is a web browser enough?
 

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bubba1972 said:
I don't understand where Mac support comes into this. The slingbox runs all by itself dumping the video out through your home network. Is there a client piece required to actually view the stream on another computer (where Mac isn't supported) or is a web browser enough?
The Sling Box does more than just output the video to a network... it's two-way, interactive. You can control your AV device remotely (the box itself has an IR blaster). Also it is not web-based, it's a client app for that two-way functionality and for their proprietary video streaming technology.
 

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the slingbox enables you to watch TV on your laptop, say in a Wi-fi enabled airport waiting area, or to watch your recorded shows in your hotel room. Soon airplanes will all have Wi-fi, so you will be able to watch TV on a cross country flight ala JetBlue, only better, because you will have all your home channels and recordings. Throw in Tivo scheduling on Yahoo.com or Tivo Central online and you should never miss a show again
 

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timckelley said:
So I wonder how much this costs.
The box costs about $199. No service fees /subscriptions.

I got one for x-mas; it IS awesome.

Been using it nightly this week from hotel via wireless internet.

WAY better than the hotel TV offerings.

I was really surprised by the quality.

Best of all, got to watch my home Hockey team from WAY out of market!
 

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chuckwny said:
I was just wondering, is it possible to hook a stereo up to the Slingbox so I can placeshift AM radio and listen at work?
You can if the radio can be controled with an IT remote, or if you just want to capture one frequency.
 
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