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Improve your Airport experience with the Sling Media Slingbox
Posted by Arne Hess - at Monday, 02.10.06 - 19:13:18 CET under Digital - Lifestyle - Viewed 16626x

As you know, I'm currently hanging around in the U.S. since I'm decided to stay some extra days here after the Möbius Boston event for some sightseeing as well as visiting my aunt in NYC.
Nevertheless, this means traveling and yesterday evening was another evening I had to stay some hours on the airport (and thanks to the increased security checks, you never know when you have to be there which mostly means you are on airports way too early) and had this "kill time" which means I was way too tired to work but was looking for some entertainments.
Even web-surfing becomes boring, sooner or later, if you have read all your RSS channels and since it was weekend, not too much happened in the tech-world. Another great test for my Sling Media Slingbox which was already awaiting me.

Thankfully, the Boston Logan International Airport has a terminal-wide W-LAN coverage and therefore I was looking for a nice bar, to have some beers and a snack. I found one (with - what Samuel Adams calls - some "October Fest Beer (not to comparable  with the real Oktoberfest Beer in Munich) and after some clicks and taps on my O2 Xda trion, I was connected (for US$ 6) to the W-LAN.
So here we are, I've fired up the Sling Player Mobile and had the full access to my German TV-channels. Kill time became Kill Bill Vol.1 which was on show and while most Americans watched one of the two Football matches on the flat screens in that bar (Football was the reason why the guys over at Sling Media invented the Slingbox), I've watched my German TV:

Thanks to my Bluetooth headset, I was pretty much on my own, until a guy next to me asked me what I was doing there (another European who hadn't too much use for Football). So I've explained him first Windows Mobile and after the Slingbox (thanks to the Internet connection we were on the Slingbox site as well). Since he was from the UK, he is able to buy it and he told me he had seen it in the shops already but never had an idea for what the Slingbox was good for. Also his friend was pretty amazed (a real Rugby-fan as what I can say) and both are traveling to the U.S. regularly (and if one of these guys reads this here: welcome to the::unwired since I gave both my business card and recommended to visit the::unwired to get more information about mobility and wireless).

Some time later some others asked me about the Slingbox as well (quite frankly, I hadn't finished watching Kill Bill but thanks to it, I got in contact with some nice folks which was even better than watching Kill Bill which I have seen at the cinema before anyway) and one of them, an American already had nearly everything in his pocket he needs to watch mobile TV as well: a Motorola Q. So while he was playing with my O2 Xda trion and the Slingbox, I was playing with his Motorola Q. :-) I think another potential buyer of the Slingbox (also welcome to you, if you read the lines here), especially now, where Sling Media has announced three new Slingboxes.

So the Slingbox really improved my airport experience and the (as I thought first) wasted time there turned out to be really useful.

Cheers ~ Arne

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