The Slingbox-ness

With me living out of the hotel in Orlando, I'm miles and miles away from my Tivo and the ESPN Gameplan college football package. I have to tell you – the separation has been killing me. (And my wife & dogs, too, of course.) If only there was some way to have access to my DirecTV, Tivos, and ESPN Gameplan when I'm in Orlando.

Enter the Slingbox AV.

The Slingbox links my DirecTV/Tivo to a private channel on the internet, allowing me to access my stuff anywhere in the world – just like if I were home! In other words, the Slingbox "slings" (beams) my entertainment center anywhere I go with internet access. (demo)

I can watch anything I've recorded, watch live TV on either/both tuners, and program new recordings – all through a virtual Tivo remote that looks just like the one I use at home.

The compression is exceptional, so — provided you have a broadband connection — there is very little noticeable degradation. It's literally just like watching TV.

The setup was quick and painless. Plug it in, plug in the network and away you go. The Slingbox will even set itself up in your router so that you may access it from anywhere worldwide without having to mess with any settings (port forwarding, etc).

If you travel frequently and miss a lot of your favorite programs/channels/team's games, you should definitely check out the Slingbox. I know it probably sounds like I'm shilling for them (I'm not), but this is a seriously awesome product – especially for sports fans.

I am 100% smitten with the Slingbox-ness.

Or maybe I won't have to wait

Just talked to my good buddies at DirecTV and they have been nice enough to help me upgrade to HD with a HD Tivo and OTA antenna with free install next week. I got a considerable discount because we've been with DirecTV for 6+ years and have upgraded packages. Sweet!

When the new MPEG-4 format rolls out in a year or so, I will have the option to upgrade at no cost. Sweet sweet.

And six months free HD package & Showtime. Sweet sweet sweet.

If you are interested in DirecTV, please email me via the contact form. If we refer one another, we both get credits and package upgrades.

Tivo for Christmas?

Did you join the Tivolution for Christmas? Santa brought you a shiny new Tivo? Awesome! Here's some resources:

PVR Blog – all the latest Tivo news

Tivo Community Forums – the BEST unofficial resource out there. A little searching will provide every answer to every question. Seriously – it's like a freakin' zen temple for Tivo.

Tivo Hacks – Got a Tim Allen-esque need for power? Tivo Hack it, baby.

Register your Tivo – Use this link to register your Tivo. When you do, please, please, please mention that I referred you to Tivo service. Just mention my email on your referral line (kevin.donahue@gmail.com) If you do, I get a few points towards some free stuff in the Tivo store. C'mon, I need all the help I can get! 🙂