Slingboxes are small units you hook into a television signal and an Internet link, enabling you to watch your TV stations on any ’net-connected computer. A number of models are available, including the $230 Solo (pictured here).
Owners of the Solo or Pro-HD models can add their iPhones or touches to the list of supported devices. The software comes with two caveats: it costs $30, which app buyers will see as pricey, and it only works over Wi-Fi, not the cellular network.
If neither of those issues is a game ender for you, here’s the upside: the app works well. The picture and sound quality are restricted by the upload speeds typical on home networks, but the experience is quite acceptable and, besides, it’s all of your TV in your pocket and with no monthly fees or data charges. Where else can you get that?
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