We got a new toy for Christmas. A slingbox. Let's backtrack for a minute. We went to LA on vacation. We had a nice hotel except for the lack of TV stations. No cartoon network - my 3 year old is saying she wants Dora or Scooby Doo - sorry no TiVo here... So, when I read about the slingbox, I thought this would be a good solution. Imagine this - where ever you are, you can watch YOUR TV - all the shows you taped on your DVR, your live TV - you would be taking YOUR TV with you wherever you go. The catch? You will need a PC with windows and be able to connect to the internet. The slingbox allows you to connect (stream the data) to your personal TV to the computer. Your remote sits on the screen next to the TV monitor - so you access your TV the same way you would at home - you can tape shows, watch live TV, watch taped shows, set up Season Passes - anything that you would do on your home computer. It is really a cool device. It costs about $180.00 although I found mine on sale for $108.00. You can buy it here at: Buy.com.
It also works on mobile devices (an extra $30 for the software) - our phones are not that advanced so I haven't tried it. Overall, I would rate the slingbox with 4.5 stars out of 5. It streams well and being able to have my home TV available to the kids while on trips (works anywhere in the world) is a big convenience.