Not Time Shift TV but Place Shift TV

#1 Oct 9th, 2006, 06:10
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Not Time Shift TV but Place Shift TV or SLINGBOX

If all goes well we are moving to Andheri area, Mumbai in November. I see some threads on satellite / dish Tv, IMers interested in american football, BBC etc.

I have hooked up my laptop with slingbox software. Briefly, this allows me to watch and control roughly 300 channels that are streamed from Canadian cable/Tv (incl CNN, BBC, golf channel etc). There is also a digital video recorder control (DVR - I think thats like TiVo).

One problem I can see looming up in Mumbai is having a wide / fast enough internet service available to be able to get clear viewing of the programs on the laptop.

Anyone used / using this software? Or know if this will work? What decides that the streaming of the TV programs will be of good quality? Is it things like 256kbs, DSL, ?

Thank you anyone...
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ADSL is available, but it is quite expensive compared to what I was used to in the UK. I've got 1,024kbs downstream for 3,300R per month - I could get a fair bit faster for quite a bit less in the UK. The download caps are pretty low, and the charges for exceeding them are severe. Fortunately my ADSL plan is unlimited between 2am and 8am so I download large files in the night.

Here's a table for BSNL ADSL charges. There are other providers, but I didn't find one with a higher download rate and at least some unlimited download time. I've found the locals to be very wary of BSNL, but I haven't had any real trouble with them. The service has let me get my fix of Doctor Who, which is about the only TV show I watch, via BitTorrent. Will probably give the Torchwood spin-off a go later this month though.
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Originally Posted by JamesW Here's a table for BSNL ADSL charges. There are other providers, but I didn't find one with a higher download rate and at least some unlimited download time


I am only an IT 101...don't understand streaming etc, can use the words

I sure understand 3300 per month, seems same as here in Canada. And 1Mbps via internet connection means I can watch live TV streaming on my laptop, right?

Are you familiar with "slingbox-madia" ? Also available in UK..when connected to TV in UK you can watch all the channels from that TV on your laptop anywhere in the world..as long you have access to "fast" internet.
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I looked into bringing a Slingbox with me to Delhi, but my Internet connection here (the fastest I could buy from Airtel) still isn't fast enough to work with Slingbox.
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I sure understand 3300 per month, seems same as here in Canada. And 1Mbps via internet connection means I can watch live TV streaming on my laptop, right?

Are you familiar with "slingbox-madia" ?
I'm not familiar with slingbox. I can't see 1Mbps being enough for streaming live TV though. However, if you can download the stream to the computer from slingbox for viewing at a later date then 1Mbps is fast enough to do this in a reasonable time. This would also let you schedule the download during unmetered hours if the ISP provides them.
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Originally Posted by onajourney I looked into bringing a Slingbox with me to Delhi, but my Internet connection here (the fastest I could buy from Airtel) still isn't fast enough to work with Slingbox.


How fast should the internet connection be? (to be able to benefit from slingbox use).

Appreciate your feeedback...onajourney
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Here, I found the answer to my question re internet speed required to watch the streaming:

http://reviews.cnet.com/Sling_Media_...-31423815.html
At work and even from a hotel room halfway across the country, streaming remotely from our home cable Internet connection, we achieved speeds of as much as 365Kbps, which comes close to our connection's maximum upload speed of 384Kbps.

While the blocky video quality was nothing to write home about----it maintained an impressively smooth frame rate. Naturally, quality improved immensely at higher bit rates, but even from remote locations at 350Kbps, the video was perfectly watchable.


Does this mean the "broadband" speed of internet available in India should be OK?
Anyone?...Nick?
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It is hard for me to advise with no experience of the application. If 384 will do then, yes, you can get 384 here, or 512 or more. It is going to be down to what you can afford.

Of course it is not just a case of rated speed. You may find that there are many days when that rated speed is not achieved, and you may also find that long latency to international sites (ping speeds for me to US sites are >300ms, and, on a bad day can exceed 1s ) gets in the way.

My 256 connection is ok for browsing (even less would be ok for just browsing) most of the time. I also find that I can listen to BBC streaming audio. However, usually when I follow a link to a youtube video, I find I get the first few seconds then nothing, so I've given up on it. I don't know where the problem lies, though.

Do try the vimuthomas site I mentioned above: you'll find guys there that spend their lives downloading movies and stuff...

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