Sling Media is the latest venture-backed Silicon Valley company that lets you watch your TV over the Internet or other connected device.
But our own Mike Langberg provides a reality check in his piece (free registration).
Where I’m stuck, though, is coming up with scenarios where Slingbox makes sense. There are certainly easier ways that deliver better-looking video for moving TV from one room of the house to another. If you want to watch recorded programs away from home, you can get a home DVD recorder for less than $200 and put the programs on rewritable DVDs to watch on your laptop — again at much higher video quality.
The only situation where Slingbox stands out is when you’re far from home and want to watch a live or recently recorded program, such a local sports broadcast, that isn’t available where you are — assuming you can access a broadband connection, and you’re toting a laptop. Unless you’re on the road a lot, this doesn’t seem enough to justify spending $250 and working through a complicated install process.