Placeshifting & Slingbox Category

The ability to take video and TV content with you be it through Portable Media Players and/or Slingbox Type Technology

Posted in: Placeshifting & Slingbox, SlingMedia, TV Gadgets & Equipment by RobM on February 5, 2010

Slingbox Solo - Watch your TV from virtually anywhere

The Slingbox SOLO connects to your home-theater devices and allows you to watch your standard-definition (SD) or high-definition (HD) TV programs on your computer or mobile phone over the Internet from virtually anywhere in the world.

Starting up the Slingbox Solo

The Slingbox Solo allows you to watch your favorite shows in SD quality over the internet via your desktop, laptop, Mac, or mobile phone from virtually any location.

Getting started only requires a Windows PC or Mac, a high-speed internet connection and a home network router.

Setup & Running the Slingbox Solo

The Slingbox SOLO comes with the unit, an AC adapter (100-240V 50-60Hz), Ethernet cable, Quick Start Guide, Composite AV cable and a remote control IR cable.

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Posted in: Placeshifting & Slingbox, TV Gadgets & Equipment by RobM on January 13, 2010

Hava Titanium Device with Wi-Fi

The Hava Titanium allows you to watch your home television content on your PC or mobile phone via a wireless connection.

What the Hava Titanium Does

The Hava Titanium HD is a placeshift device that lets you broadcast your TV content over wireless broadcast to PCs and mobile devices. It can also be combined with a USB drive to make it a DVR system.

You connect it to a USB hard drive and then record or play back any shows with the Hava PC Player. The system comes with the Hava box, a CD with software, cabling, an IR blaster and a USB WiWfi adapter.

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Viewing TV Remotely with Hava

The HAVA Titanium HD WIFI lets you watch programming from your TV or another A/V device from virtually anywhere in the world with a broadband Internet connection. In addition, while watching, others in the household can watch the same programming on the home system.

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Posted in: Media Extenders, Placeshifting & Slingbox, TV Gadgets & Equipment by Chris Tew on January 10, 2010

zaggbox

Zagg has made a big jump into the home convergence & placeshifting set top box market, from their typical line-up of cell phone screen protectors. Enter the ZaGGbox…

The device acts as a central hub for your various home TV devices (Xbox, Blu-ray player, PS3, DVR, cable box etc.), a way to watch media from devices on your home network as well as a Slingbox style placeshifter.

Universal Remote

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A neat feature of the Zaggbox, which is largely absent from other media streaming hubs, is the fact it has a truly universal remote.

You can control any device hooked up to the device with the remote (pictured below) or with the iPhone/iPod touch app. Remote control apps for other smart-phones are also due to be released.

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I got to check out the Zaggbox at this year’s CES and it does have an easy-to-use onscreen interface. So using the universal remote to manage your integrated home media equipment from one convenient control is pretty easy.

Record from any Device

You can record from any device that is hooked up to the Zaggbox too onto its internal 1TB drive. This gives it basic DVR functionality as well as creating an easy way to record of gaming consoles or any other set top box.

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Posted in: Internet HDTV, Media Extenders, News, Placeshifting & Slingbox, TV Gadgets & Equipment by Chris Tew on January 8, 2010

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ConnecTV is billed as the world’s first social media center for MIPS Android-based embedded platforms. Today it provides an insight into how the digital home may evolve over the next few years as more powerful internet frameworks are rolled out.

Today I got a hands-on preview of the ConnecTV platform produced by Home Jinni. At first it looks like just another GUI for a home media center like you’d see on the AppleTV, Boxee or PopBox. However, after a while you realize this media center software is incredibly powerful and packed with potential.

The platform would be used by any TVs, media centers, cell phones and set top boxes that wanted the technology. There’s also the possibility it would be released as a standalone open-source software for compatible computers reminiscent of Boxee.

Let’s take a hands-on peak…

A Media Center for the Future

Essentially it has the potential to create a set-top-box that has everything. A couple of years ago I dreamed about the DVR of the future, now ConnecTV looks like the platform that could pull it off.

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Posted in: Media Extenders, Placeshifting & Slingbox, TV Gadgets & Equipment by Chris Tew on January 7, 2010

monsoon-volcano-hd

A new promising placeshifting device with the potential to become the ultimate all-in-one home TV device is due for launch in March 2010.

The ‘Volcano’ from Monsoon Multimedia (the makers of the HAVA placeshifting line) is WebTVWire’s favorite device from the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show. Quite simply this slimline set top box is packed with a variety of promising features.

It is essentially does all of the following:

  • HD placeshifter – Allows you to view 720p high definition streams of your home Cable TV connection and home video library over the internet.
  • DVR – Plug in your cable box or other TV source and you have the typical DVR functions of recording and playing TV.
  • Internet TV – Right not its YouTube for online video and CinemaNow for paid movies. In the works are many other web TV services including Boxee and Netflix.
  • Apps – The device should also allow you to play on Twitter and Facebook as well as do a lot of other stuff like play games and check the weather through third-party apps.
  • Live Broadcast - It can even broadcast video from your home live across the internet.
  • Home Network Media – Access and share video and media across your home network wired or wirelessly.

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Posted in: Placeshifting & Slingbox, SlingMedia, TV Gadgets & Equipment by Chris Tew on January 7, 2010

dish-vip-922-dvr

DISH has been showing off the ViP 922 DVR at this year’s CES which integrates Slingmedia’s Slingbox technology and on-demand video.

The DVR is internet enabled and will include the TV Everywhere experience allowing you to watch a variety of HD cable TV shows and movies, on-demand, using your internet connection.

In addition this set-top-box also has Slingmedia technology allowing you to access live TV and recordings from your home. Like with a Slingbox you can access the video content over your home network, or any computer or sling-compatible device connected to the internet.

By integrating Sling Media’s Slingbox technology into our industry-leading HD DVR, DISH Network is providing even more ways for our subscribers to view their TV programming – through their television sets, their desktops at home, their laptops on the road, and their smartphones including Blackberrys, iPhones and more,” says DISH Network Chairman, CEO and President Charlie Ergen.

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Posted in: Placeshifting & Slingbox by RobM on October 4, 2009

Kworld LiveQ IPTV Anywhere

The Kworld LiveQ TV IPTV is a placeshifting device. This simply means that it allows you to broadcast your home TV (cable, DVR recordings etc.) securely over the internet so you can watch it from anywhere with an internet connection.

The Kworld LiveQ conveniently shapes like a small, compact cube, and allows the user to broadcast live TV, recorded programs and music from their home to watch from the internet.  The LiveQ basically functions similar to the way a SlingBox does.

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