Wednesday, February 16, 2005


The following paragraph was cut from the web site.

The SlingboxTM Personal Broadcaster

The SlingboxTM Personal Broadcaster by Sling Media, Inc. is a breakthrough consumer electronics device that transforms today's television viewing experience. The SlingboxTM enables consumers to watch their TV programming from wherever they are by turning virtually any laptop or Internet-connected device into a personal TV. The SlingboxTM redirects, or "placeshifts," the TV signal from any cable box, satellite receiver, or personal video recorder to a viewers location and device of choice - whether in another room in the home or anywhere in the world with a high-speed Internet connection.

I keep writing about time and place shifting of TV shows because our world is about to change. Those that embrace the changes will enjoy the transformation and can even make some money in the process.

Texas Instruments (TXN) at a development conference today talked about teaming up with SlingMedia. The new box uses TXN DLP technology as well as Audio-Video technology supported by MSFT. I expect adoption rates to be relatively rapid as many folks already own devices such as computers, lap-top computers, phones, and video games that are connected to the internet.

Many big businesses are involved in making video portable. Motorola has been an aggressive player and has announced exciting new products. Nokia is also taking a leadership role. MSFT and TXN are two of the "old" companies that have been re-making themselves with sophisticated technology that is needed to make the paradigm possible.

Yahoo (YHOO) allows one to send directions from a YHOO map to a cell phone at the click of a button. I could have used this today. My daughter was looking for a UPS store and I found one quickly on a computer map but had to try to tell her directions. Many a business and a consumer will save a lot of time and expense when precise maps are part of cell phones.

Portable TV will be mostly a consumer product. It is coming soon to a phone near you. Watch what you want, when and where you want to watch!