The new SlingCatcher allows you to stream content from your Slingbox, PC, the web, and more.
October 09, 2008 by Rachel Cericola
After months of waiting and wondering, SlingMedia announced that the SlingCatcher is finally available.
The set-top box brings all of your media, including broadcast TV, web favorites, and other personal PC content to the TV. Just hook the box to your home network, and the TV, of course.
Now those web favorites do include sites like YouTube, Hulu, ABC.com, Netflix and the like. However, Wired says that you can’t just stream content direct from the web, or get files off any PC in the network. In other words, if you want YouTube, you’ll need to set your PC to the site, etc.
One thing you can do, is get the SlingCatcher working together with a Slingbox, to get content off your cable/satellite lineup or DVR—even if it’s in another room. You can also connect a USB flash or hard drive to watch content as well.
So there are plenty of options for viewing. There are also plenty of options for purchasing. The $300 SlingCatcher is available now through Amazon.com and Buy.com, as well as at Best Buy, Fry’s Electronics, Microcenter and J&R.
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