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I spend a lot of my time abroad, mostly in Romania, and was desperate to have some way of catching up with 'normal' tv! I went through all the options, which were so expensive, and found even satellite couldn't be hooked up out there, then I found the Slingbox, and it is amazing! You can connect a HD source box (such as SKY HD box, Virgin, etc.) and 3 other normal def. It is very easy to setup, although I did find it difficult to position the remote control IR bit on the sky box. It was easy to connect to our wireless network, although we had to use a wired connection, (you can buy a module that allows wireless). It came with everything needed to connect all you want to it, and it looks good sat on top of our various receivers. The software that comes with it is amazing, and lets you control, watch and record HD tv, anywhere in the world! I frequently watch english footy games out there, and for one we put it on a big screen through a projector and it was amazing quality, only slightly pixellated at that size! Just be sure you have a good broadband connection at BOTH ends otherwise the quality will suffer significantly.
Really wanting a way of watching GOOD TV whilst on holiday, I surfed the internet until I found what seemed like a 'too good to be true' device. The Slingbox Pro is available in three versions, this being the most expensive one because it handles HD video footage.
The idea is simple. Plug in your device, like a Sky set top box to the Slingbox, attach the Slingbox to your home computer network and then you can view and control the Sky box from other devices. In my situation, I tested this with a MacBook Pro. The device took a little bit of setting up, but once done it was a big surprise at how good the quality is.
I connected my MacBook Pro to my wireless network, started up the SlingPlayer software, connected and voila... the picture appeared with an on-screen remote control. When the picture first appears it is a little blocky, but as the bit rate ramps up the picture becomes clearer. You can then change channel, turn on/off, and of you have Sky+ even set up recordings. Of note, it does not have to be Sky+ it could be Virgin, or a freeview box of some sort.
If you are away from home, you have to do some extra setting up for watching outside of your home network. Again this was easy and once done, you can (in theory) watch from anywhere in the world.
This is a superb product, no ongoing payments, Just works! Brilliant!