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Slingbox Continues To Garner Adoration, Admiration — And Fear

I hated to miss the NBA Tech Summit in Houston last Friday. An off-court highlight of NBA All Star Weekend, the summit annually brings together people from across tech, media, entertainment, advertising and sports. Turns out from one reporter’s perspective, at least, the star of the show wasn’t Sir Charles or any of the usual suspects — it was Slingbox co-founder and CEO Blake Krikorian. As was the case at NATPE, it sounds like Krikorian was dealing with what is becoming a familiar mix of “I want one” and “We may sue you.” Krikorian rebuffs suggestions that Slingbox is anything more than a tool for the viewer away from home. “We’re just delivering it to you as the intended consumer. I’m not stealing content. If I’m paying for the content, why can’t I get access? … People have said this is like the Napster (NSDQ: NAPS) of video. How? That’s very different. Ask the man on the street: Should you have rights to watch the TV you’re already paying for, but on any display? Yes.” It’s also limited to a single stream at a time. (Biggest NBA Slingbox proponent? Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, of course.)
Hands-on With Slingbox: This story and the prospect of a few days away from my DVRs during the Winter Olympics finally sent me over the Slingbox edge and to Circuit City. The install took a little creativity because of our current set-up but sitting in my hotel room in Seattle I was able to log in to my own TV, delete old programs and set recordings. It even works using a fairly slow T-Mobile Edge sim though true broadband is much better. I’m beginning to see what the fuss is about.