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A box That Puts TV On Your PC

In this increasingly connected world of the media obsessed, people are always looking for new places to plug--and tune--in. That's what Sling Media Inc. is banking on with its category-defying Slingbox.

Slingbox
This funky-looking set-top box beams cable or satellite television, digital video recorder, DVDs, or music to your computer over the Internet, wherever you are. So the next time you're traveling, the $249 Slingbox can convey favorite programs to your laptop. If TiVo "time shifts," Slingbox "place shifts" by letting people access TV anywhere they can get Internet access.

Last week, Sling announced Sling Player Mobile, a version of its player software for mobile devices. Users will be able to bring TV to Windows Mobile-enabled handhelds and Verizon, Cingular, and Sprint smart phones.

Sling keeps adding features. Two weeks ago, it released a device to create a Slingbox network in a home, and remote controls will be introduced next month. Soon, customers will be able to customize the software's look and feel with "skins." "There's really a new landscape [of TV experiences] being built as we speak," Sling VP Jeremy Toeman says. "We're going to want to access that wherever we are."

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