Thursday, November 17, 2005

Video over IP


Ever since I had to change one of the the RG6 cables coming into our living room, from a satellite feed be used for the ATSC antenna, I have been trying to figure out how I can use the other TiVo, without bringing  another drop to the room.  I have been thinking about getting a device that would send the audio and video signal over TCP/IP.  I want to put the DIRECTV receiver near the multiswitch, and then send the video signal over a ethernet cable.


I saw these products that are Cat-5 based video distribution systems.  Unfortunately, these don't say that they use TCP/IP.  I assume that they send analog signals over the 8 wires of the Cat-5 cable.





The thing that would be the closest to what I want is the Slingbox.  But in addition to the Slingbox that connects to a video source, it would be great if they made a different device that plays the video.  Instead of using a Windows PC, this device would connect to the Slingbox device and auto negotiate the best bitrate.  On a home network, it should be possible for this bitrate to be pretty high.


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2 comments:

  1. Hi, I'm reading this article in the future. i.e. 3 years after you've written it. (Sorry, I just got done watching Lost.. so I'm in that frame of mind.) In any case, after all these years, surely you have come across a device or technology of which you described in this post? I ask because I too am looking for something like this... I'd like to have a way to "beam" my laptop's video signal over to my TV.. either over Wifi or Ethernet. Is it even possible?

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  2. The SlingCatcher will do what you want. It will play the video content that is connected to a SlingBox. In addition to that, it will also play web content.

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