In a world where wireless Internet connection reigns supreme, both work and play are accessible online including TV shows. When many devices are constantly connected to the Internet either through cables or WiFi, it is possible to access data or contents from one device to another. The Sling Media Slingbox 500 is a good example of how modern entertainment contents originally broadcasted on cable/satellite TV and DVR can be played on computer/laptop, tablet, and even smartphone wirelessly. In other words, Slingbox 500 by Sling Media is basically a wireless cable TV extender with the capability of providing constant connections from one TV unit to other media players and even to another TV.
Once this streaming media player is connected to your TV (with or without DVR) and the home network, it basically transmits the TV show currently broadcasted on crisp 720p or 1080p resolution to your computer, smartphone, and even tablet. Of course, it is necessary that you install streaming apps on the handheld devices and computer as well. The home streaming apps for mobile devices are free, while the computer version (Windows and Mac) is also available free of charge as a browser plug-in. If you have another TV unit connected to a compatible receiver, you can also stream contents to it from the Slingbox 500. Compared to other popular streaming media players, Slingbox 500 by Sling Media is not the cheapest, but with HDMI connections and possibility to play entertainment contents on mobile devices on-the-go, it is always worth considering if you are a TV addict (4 out of 5 stars).