TV slinging hits the UK

The joy of throwing TV around the world via broadband was but a mystery to us Brits a couple of months ago, but now we’re spoilt for choice &#82

The joy of throwing TV around the world via broadband was but a mystery to us Brits a couple of months ago, but now we’re spoilt for choice – Slingbox has just launched in the UK.It’s the third such offering we’ve seen in the last month after Sony’s LocationFree and Haupaugge’s PC-based Orb, and one we’ve been gagging to try out since we saw it in the US last year.Like Sony’s service, the Slingbox provides you with a (much cooler) box to plug into your set-top and broadband connection. It supports both analogue and digital feeds but, unlike LocationFree, connects to the internet via Ethernet rather than Wi-Fi. Once you’re all set up at home, you just install the SlingPlayer PC software on your laptop or computer – a Mac version is due later this summer – and you’ll be able to watch Hollyoaks via Wi-Fi in your Dubai hotel room.The other particularly cool feature is that you’ll also be able to control your box – be it Sky, Homechoice, NTL or Telewest – remotely, and even set it to record programmes you’re due to miss. You won’t be able to beam TV to all of your mates though – the software limits viewing to one person at a time.You can buy the Slingbox now exclusively from PC World for £180, which is almost half the price of Sony’s £350 LocationFree. It’ll also be available from other Dixons Store Group outlets including Currys within the next four to six weeks – look out for a test in Stuff soon.