Sling Media’s been busy. The company that brought “placeshifting” (it does for space what TiVo does for time ) to the masses is releasing
three new models of its Slingbox hardware: the Tuner, AV, and Pro. What’s the difference? I’m glad you asked, as it will give me something to talk about for the next hundred words or so.
The Tuner model, which goes for $180, has support for analog cable or over-the-air broadcasts (which I still use for one of the TVs in my house). Meanwhile, the AV model (also $180) adds in the ability to control a set-top box like a DVR or a cable/satellite receiver. Finally, the slingerific Pro box goes for $249.99 and adds in support for multiple sources. You’ll also be able to pick up a $50 HD adapter for the Pro that will allow you to sling downscaled HD media.
Best of all, support is imminent for both Symbian phones and the Mac. Sweet sweet webslinging, coming your way. Oh, and now could be a good time to pick up the original Slingbox, which is going for
as low as $140.