SlingBoxes are Cool!
Last week I ordered a SlingBox
I got it today and so far I am really impressed with it! It is a device that connects to various devices in your home entertainment centre and allows you to stream video from the various devices to computers on the network, or even over the net. They even have a player for Pocket PCs now!
Anyways, I set it up and so far it is cool. I am writing this post right now, and my girlfriend Mel is watching the Apprentice. Every once and awhile, I remotely flip it over to the hockey game, and she yells up at me: "Tony, if you keep doing that I am going to smash that thing!" Haha, perfect.
Anyways, it has these cool IR widgets that attach to any set top box, cable box, DVD player etc, and let you control the device remotely. It is totally awesome!
The video quality is ok. I wouldn't say it is amazing, even over a LAN, but I don't find myself hard up for awesome quality, it is definitely watchable.
I still have to set up my router and try controlling this bad boy from across the net. Hopefully it will be decent.
So far though I highly recomend this little thing. It is definitely worth the money spent. I would actually go as far to say, that other than my Video Ipod, this is probably one of the most practical/useful pieces of hardware I have heard of in awhile.
Ah man, just realized I can utilize my Rogers Movies onDemand through this thing!! Wow, the possibilities keep presenting themselves.
This morning I set up the software at work, and accessed the Slingbox over the internet. Bling, Blang it is awesome! The stream quality is identical to the LAN stream. I'd say the quality overall is comparable to watching a Google video.
So in conclusion, I highly recommend this little machine. It is totally worth the money spent.
Set up the Pocket PC SlingPlayer on my IPAQ! Damn!!!!!! The stream is sweet, and it works beautifully. Wow, once again I highly recommend this device! 110%