(Welcome to Katie, one of the "techettes" vying for a blogging position at the upcoming AT:Home Tech. Comment away.)
Gone are the days of not being able to take your TV with you wherever you go: no more muttering under your breath about how you'll be missing Grey's Anatomy to travel for work or wishing you could be doing something useful while waiting in an endless line.
If you have basic cable or better, a high-speed internet connection and access to an internet-enabled device, you can watch TV—including anything you've recorded on your DVR--anywhere, thanks to Sling Media's Slingbox.
The Slingbox routes your media to your internet-connected PC, Mac or Windows Mobile-based phone, wherever you are in your apartment or around the world. The SlingPlayer software gives you access to AV devices the box has been hooked up to. Now you can easily watch a cooking show on your laptop in the kitchen, sports while waiting for your flight, or your local news while on a business trip to Asia.
The futuristically and simply styled Slingbox has three models: the Tuner, through which you watch basic cable; the AV, which allows you access to your DVR and satellite/digital cable; and the Pro, giving you control over your media on up to four A/V devices, including HD programming. The Slingbox hooks up to your A/V devices much like you'd hook up a DVD player, making installation easy. The Tuner comes in a black-and-white combination, and the AV comes in a black-and-red combination; both retail for $179.99. The Pro is red, and sells for $249.99.
Without any extra monthly access fees (besides what you'd pay to access the internet on the go anyway), the Slingbox is a reasonable, one-time investment to make your technology even more useful, and feed any addiction you may have to TV.