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Location: Mequon, WI US

PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 5:55 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I just watched a program on this new product on C-SPAN. The Slingbox looks too cool to be true. Are there any techies out there who own one and can provide more information?
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Location: Pewaukee, WI, USA

PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 6:58 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I don't know anything about the Slinger product but not knowing something has ever stopped me from having an opinion.

The famous line from the movie The Graduate was: "I've got one word for you: plastics".
If the movie was made today the word would be 'digital'.

The Internet was made to move digital information from one place (a server) to another (the client). The Slinger becomes your personal server (technically it may be a peer to peer but the principle is the same) for your laptop anywhere in the world. It 'digitizes' the tv signal and serves it up as files to your computer. As far as the Internet is concerned: bits is bits.

The thing that makes me wince is imagining everyone doing this eating up my bandwidth. Image
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 10:53 pm Reply with quote Back to top

If a person has Tivo they can already transfer shows to their pc using the TivoToGo software. You have to be on the same network as the Tivo box for this to work though.

If a person needs their TV shows that bad they could set up a linux box firewall such as IP Cop and use a VPN tunnel to get on your home network from somewhere else on a different computer. That would be free and not too hard to set up.

Kind of a pointless product in my opinion.


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