If you are a frequent reader of the::unwired, you know that I love to use Orb and similar services (like remote programming my Media Center) from my Windows Mobile devices. Nothing is that convenient as you access your complete music and video collection from your Windows Mobile devices. However, there is also another service/product available called Slingbox.
The simple silver device looks suspiciously like a gigantic chocolate bar, but the technology inside is truly sweet. This award-winning gadget is a breakthrough device that enables you to watch and control your living room television programming from anywhere by turning any Internet-connected laptop or PC into a personal television.
With a wave of a virtual magic wand, Slingbox placeshifts the television signal
from your source device to your PC Ã¢â‚¬â€œ located at home or 3,000 miles away Ã¢â‚¬â€œ via
the Internet. Thanks to the Slingbox, you can enjoy your home TV programming
wherever you are Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the office, a hotel room, your garden, even the bathroom Ã¢â‚¬â€œ
anywhere there is an Internet connection. You truly can watch and control your
television anytime, anywhere Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the power is in your hands.
The SlingPlayer software works hand-in-hand with the hardware in the Slingbox to allow you to
watch and control your TV on your computer. SlingRemote in SlingPlayer gives
you full control over virtually any A/V device, from changing channels and
viewing recorded content to fast-forwarding or setting up a season pass. So
while your TV and Slingbox sit at home, you can be out and about with
I've seen the SlingBox in the Internet before but hadn't had any
hands-up experiences so far because the SlingBox was available in the US only.
Anyway, SlingMedia is currently working on Windows Mobile clients for your
Pocket PC and Smartphone and Jeremy Toeman gave us at
MÃƒÂ¶bius a live
demonstration of the service in general as well as using an HTC Apache to stream
the live TV over EVDO to his Pocket PC Phone Edition:
Like with the PC client also the Windows Mobile client features fast and
convenient access to all your different channels and you can switch through the
channels just by clicking the proper icon (left picture). In addition, you can
watch TV full screen (right picture). The EVDO connection was good enough to
stream the TV to the Pocket PC, no drop outs, it just worked fluently.
The Windows Mobile clients for Pocket PC and Smartphone should be released early
next year and hey, if you are not located in the US but you want to use the
SlingBox as well, I have another good news for you: the SlingBox is coming to
Europe and Asia too and could become available in 1st quarter next year already!
And I can tell you that I want one too!
Cheers ~ Arne