Using the Slingbox

http://live.pirillo.com/ – Watching live television over your smart phone isn’t as difficult as you might imagine: all you need is an Internet connection and the Slingbox.

The Slingbox is a piece of hardware that takes you cable or satellite signal and retransmits it over the Internet, so anything that can access the Internet can also access the Slingbox. That means that your laptop, desktop, and smart phone can display what’s on TV.

The Slingbox optimizes the stream for your connection, so your smart phone will receive a lower resolution video than your laptop or desktop will. Their software works for OS X, Windows, and even Linux (although the Linux port is a community project and not an official Slingbox release).

The bottom line: this piece of equipment is damn cool. What do you think of the Slingbox?

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6 thoughts on “Using the Slingbox”

  1. I love my Slingbox. It’s currently connected at my parents house in the UK, with my Tivo, letting me keep up with programmes from over there.

  2. I love the freedom of the slingbox. I especially appreciated it when a flight I was on was delayed two hours and I could watch some of my back-logged TIVO programming.

    One word of caution. There are three models with very different featurres. There’s a free “uncensored guide” for it at http://www.SlingboxGuide.com. It’s much better than the wikipedia entry. Without it, I would have gotten the wrong model.

  3. One of my clients just emailed me this morning from China. He was watching my slingbox. here is his comments: “I had an opportunity this afternoon to try your sling box. It worked great. It had a couple of choppy moments when my connection speed approached 200 kbs. Internet speed is really unreliable here. Sometimes you connect at 512, and sometimes @ 100. There isn’t any apparent reason for the variations…..they just happen.”

  4. So what does your Cell Phone operator think of this?

    Note that Verizon has changed their “All you can use” network access to “All you can use up to 5 GB a month” program!

    They are watching and are going to change how the game is played!

    –C8j

  5. So what does your Cell Phone operator think of this?

    Note that Verizon has changed their “All you can use” network access to “All you can use up to 5 GB a month” program!

    They are watching and are going to change how the game is played!

    –C8j

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