Placeshifting is the viewing and/or listening to live, recorded or stored media on a remote device via the internet or over a data network.
It is basically taking your TV with you wherever you go!
You use either computer software or a combination of computer software and hardware to send your TV or DVR signal to your computer or mobile device.
Devices which ‘placeshift’ media such as cable television or satellite television, include TV2ME, which introduced the genre in 2003, Sling Media‘s Slingbox, and Monsoon HAVA. These devices allow a person to access their home entertainment system, and stream media nearly instantaneously to their computer or mobile device.
Several companies have also developed PC programs which allow consumers to ‘placeshift’ media stored on their PCs to a remote device. There are companies which provide PC software like Orb, and others.
Placeshifting refers specifically to the viewing and controlling of media rather than controlling your computer or other devices over a network.
Sling Media has a great whitepaper that defines placeshifting in detail. But here is a short explanation from them.
Placeshifting technology allows anyone with a broadband Internet connection to have video streams from their home television set, DVR, or other video source (such as a DVD player or home security camera) forwarded for viewing remotely on a computer, netbook, or mobile phone at any location where they have a high-speed Internet connection, cellular data network, or Wi-Fi network.
Placeshifted content can be live or recorded (DVR) programming, and can be enjoyed on the home network or away from home over the Internet. Most consumers do both—placeshifting in and around their home where they do not have a TV, as well as away from their home—at work, at a café, or in their hotel room halfway around the world. The inspiration for placeshifting came from the desire to watch home baseball games while traveling for business. Placeshifting lets consumers catch the game live, wherever they are. Their TV subscription service and associated content follows them wherever they have an Internet connection.
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