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Your TV Channels Can Follow You Anywhere

Techstination feature for Monday, August 22, 2005

Your TV channels can follow you anywhere. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. For baseball fans…who may not want to miss a game during a penant race…while they're away on business or vacation…it can be a life saver. A new device called Slingbox can plug into your cable or satellite box…and your broadband Internet connection….and let you watch shows from any laptop or desktop PC in the world ..provided it has a high speed Internet connection too. Sling Media CEO Blake Krikorian…

"The Slingbox is a 249 dollar box that has no additional service fees attached to it whatsoever. And what this box does is basically redirects your living room TV signal… I don't care if that's analog, cable or cable set top box or satellite receiver or Tivo… it redirects that living room TV signal to a laptop or desktop PC anywhere you have a broadband Internet connection."

You may need to tweak your router to allow the signal through…but once you do, the Slingbox works as advertised. Keep in mind only one remote computer can connect to it at a time….and if a person is trying to watch TV at home…there will have to be some sort of compromise on which program to watch. If you have a computer with a TV tuner card…free software from a company called Orb Networks provides an alternative. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin