I would definitely recomend the slingbox. Its a bit pricy but its a one time investment with no other fee's after purchasing the hardware and then the app. Right now they only have an iphone version of the app, but its one of the better apps when 2x'ing it. I know they're working on an ipad version that will take better advantage of the resolution, but i'm currently very happy with how it looks on the ipad. I travel A LOT and this really makes my monthly comcast bill easier to swallow since i'm actually getting use out of their service. Whats GREAT about slingbox is that you're actually remotely accessing your set top box. So if you have a DVR, you can set and watch all your recordings remotely and can even get all the on demand features your provider offers. Its a GREAT product that I recomend to anyone who is on the road a lot. Most people I show are simply blown away at the streaming quality (even over 3G). Hope this helps...
quick question, do you need a pc/mac running to stream the slingbox signal or does the device have a built in wifi connection and can take care of this without having your machine stream it to the web?
and secondly, if I understand correctly you can control your box wireless, i.e change channels etc?
No, you do not need a PC running, you just need to hook up the slingbox to both your TV set top box and your router. (i have mine hooked up through an ethernet cord, but i believe you can buy a wifi extension... don't know for sure). Basically you run your set top box component cables to the slingbox, and then from the slingbox to the TV. You also hook up the box to your router. There's a one time setup from any pc on the same network and then your set. Its VERY easy to set up as it self discovers itself, you just need to log onto slingbox.com and it discovers the device on your wireless network... then create a login/password and your set to log into your TV from anywhere (pc, phone, or ipad). It basically intercepts your TV's signal and broadcasts it, so if your using the slingbox it does take over that TV and you have to watch what anyone else is watching on that TV, or they have to watch what you watch. As far as controlling the DVR, the slingbox has two little "IR blasters" they call them that run from the slingbox to the front of your box and send out remote signals to change the channels and operate your box remotely. Its a brilliant solution to anyone who wants TV on their mobile devices!
probably a really dumb question...
should I get the HD slingbox to take advantage on the high res ipad screen?
I realize that the ipad screen isn't HD but I think it's higher res than an SD screen right?
thanks for the advice, this sounds great. Ive seen it mentioned before but never really looked into or wanted to pay that much to be able to stream to my iphone, but the Ipad is a new ballgame. Is the 3G performance watchable ? It would mainly be for football games, especially with the worldcup coming !
thanks youve sold me !
Looks like I will need to grab a slinglink turbo to get an ethernet connect next to my TV. Just 1 more question, im having a look at some for sale 2nd hand on ebay, is there anything to consider with regards to user accounts or anywhere I would need to sign up and log in to be able to use it, or am I good to go with buying used?
Unfortunately I've never bought a single item on ebay... so this is not my area of expertise
sorry what I meant by my question was, in order to use your slingbox, do you have an account with slingbox that you need to sign into and if so, what was the requirement to create such an account. E.g did you have to enter your box ID and therefore your account forever tied to your box, in which case buying it second hand would mean needing access to that account.
( hope that makes sense )
It shouldn't be long until they release FLO TV for the iPad. That seems to be the best option I have seen so far.