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January 13, 2006

Microsoft Tests Media Center Slingbox Competitor

Posted by David Hunter at 6:15 PM ET.

If you aren’t familiar with it, Sling Media’s Slingbox is hardware attachment for your home television setup that allows you to control all the attached pieces and stream the resulting output to yourself on a Windows PC anywhere via the Internet. The intent is “placeshifting” of your home TV content. Now, Ed Oswald reports at BetaNews that Microsoft is testing a software equivalent for Media Center PC’s:

Microsoft is currently testing a Slingbox-like add-on that would allow Windows Media Center users to watch programming on their PCs from anywhere using mobile devices and laptops, BetaNews has learned.

The feature uses a software application rather than a set-top box, as Slingbox utilizes to control a TiVo, cable or satellite box remotely. The resulting stream would play through Windows Media Player.

A demo viewed by BetaNews last week indicates that the service would even work over slower mobile data connections, such as EDGE.

It’s not quite the same as the Slingbox since there’s no remote control of live programming, but it is apparently capable of playing previously recorded content residing on the host Media Center PC. More details and commentary by following the link.

Filed under Digital Media, OS - Client, Technologies, XP Media Center

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