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.