Media Slingers

3:15 PM -- LAS VEGAS -- CES -- Odd how everyone sniffed at Sling Media when it first debuted its Slingbox. Most thought it was cool, but definitely something you could live without.

Not everyone feels this way. In fact, one of the themes folks are pounding into the ground here at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the ability to show content on a proper display (usually a large TV) no matter where it is stored in the home.

Here's one such device the TechWeb boys found:

The gizmo profiled is certainly not a must-buy device, and there are loads of better examples out there. (See Cisco Debuts IP Hubs for the Home.) But, there is a frustration consumers have when they end up with different things on different devices, and folks are finally using the home network and wireless technologies as a way around it.

Can service providers step in and make something of this digital mess we're in? With the right gateway in place, I'm sure they will. But there's going to have to be a clear enough demarcation point, so consumers don't feel like AT&T, or whoever, is having a look at all their stuff.

— Phil Harvey, Editor, Light Reading

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