Now's the time to get a Slingbox, folks with no cable
For those of you who don't know what a Slingbox is, here's the short explanation: It's a box that you hook up to your home's cable and Internet. Once you grant that Slingbox remote access, you can watch your home's cable TV and access TiVo or DVR on your computer, from anywhere in the world. No subscription is required; it's a one-time purchase. The only catch is that if you're watching your home TV with your laptop in a hotel states away, your family back in the house cannot change channels on that home TV. Not too big of a deal, I think, unless you're already an inconsiderate TV hog. Anyway, since my current apartment isn't my permanent residence, I have cable set up in my house in Florida and I'm doing this whole Slingbox thing.
I was originally going to buy the basic tuner from the official website for about $129, but then I checked out Amazon and saw the same thing for $99.99. Just as I was about to buy it, my family in Florida insisted that they look around in stores before I buy anything, to save on shipping and handling. So here's the best part...
Office Depot. Slingbox clearance. $69.99 tuner. Come on.
Okay, so I'm not sure if this is nationwide or a Florida thing or just in the three Office Depots that my family checked. Apparently the store isn't carrying Slingboxes anymore, so they had to get rid of them. If you've been meaning to get one for a while, it might be worth a call or a stop to your local Office Depot.
Also, it's worth mentioning that set-up seems to be ridiculously easy. My family isn't particularly tech-savvy and they occasionally need assistance with English manuals and instructions. However, I didn't receive a single call asking for help and the entire Slingbox set was put together in an evening. Beautiful.