My son just left for college in January. When DirectTV offered us $99 DVR's last year each of my kids got one. Now that he's away we started to investigate how he could record television from his college dorm room. Let me just say that neither of my kids is a TV addict. (I wish I could say the same for myself) They each watch one or two favorite shows, a movie now and then and for my son various sporting events and an occasional pay per view.
Since he just got a new laptop with Windows Media Center, the first option we investigated was purchasing a TV tuner card and using the laptop as a DVR. There are a couple of problems with that option; 1) The cards that actually work with media center are $125-$150 dollars. I tried getting a simple USB tuner that was on sale for $40 with a $20 rebate. It would work fine with it's own DVR software, (which was awful) but Media Center would not recognize it. 2) Since two people share a college dorm room, you need to start splitting cable wires, running one to the computer, and one to the TV. What a pain. 3) The recordings take up a lot of disk space, and it does tie up your laptop while recording, so you can't really do to much on it.
I had heard of the Slingbox over a year ago, and it sounded like a great techie toy, but I really couldn't see a real need for it. Suddenly the perfect reason to own a Slingbox had just presented itself. Considering that my daughter will be heading to college next year, the investment in a Slingbox now seemed to make a lot of sense.
- Our network and service is built to supply bandwidth to many customers and can not support continuous streams
- We only promise 2 Mbps as a burst speed not continuous
- In order to provide the best service for all we need to limit people using too many resources
- Will a stream of 256 Kbps impose the limit?
- How long do you have to run a continuous upload stream before a limit is applied to your account?
- Why can't the limit be removed automatically once the upload stream stops.?