A box that will stream and give me my laptop back?

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Hi Folks. If I've wandered into the wrong room, please tell me where to move on to!

As I've said in another forum, I'm moving on with the demise of Astra analogue, particularly Eurosport. I am managing to trial Eurosport Player in the UK, which comes via telephone broadband and a wireless router to my laptop, hence by cable to a bigger screen for viewing. This ties up my laptop for the 'serious stuff'. Is there a box which will sit in my home network and 'stream' (if that's the right word) the Eurosport on to the TV, past my laptop.

Sorry if this Reception Class infants stuff; have a good laugh, then please tell me anyway. Not only am I a "newbie", I'm an Oldie as well; the hair is grey but the cells still work!

G'day

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Eurosport is still available FTA (at the present time)on Astra 1 albeit with German commentry.... just need a cheap digital sat box (and maybe a replacement LN:cool:
 

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Yes, Thanks for that, pgh13.

It's the combination - replacement LNB (current one looks like 9.75 kHz, shows you what age it is), new box to use only 1 channel on Astra 1, "at the *present* time (= "how long"), German commentry, increasing tendancy to shift top matches to Eurosport 2 - which have led me to 'trial' the Eurosport Player route, giving British Eurosport 1 plus 2 for about 12% of a Sky sub even though that would in addition give me all the Sky FTA sky channels, most of no interest, and a very few extra which herself won't watch cos she's glued to the tennis, ain't she ;-)

Anyway, it's the adventure! Once in a while we have to keep up with the times, (if not actually with the Jones!), you know, even at my age.

Brianboroo
 

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Maybe one of the Boxee software boxes will do the job as new apps are being developed all the time. They are mostly with an American bias unfortunately.

I have a D-Link Boxee Box which I use as a media player from an attached hard drive burt this will also stream from files on my laptop when I enable sharing on the folders needed. It also has an app for the BBC iPlayer and a Slingcatcher app - which ties in nicely with my Slingbox. You can go searching for apps that others have developed and I have a demand 5 app now installed.

Boxee is actually software that runs on the D-Link Box (I know, confusing isn't it!) so you could install the Boxee software on your Laptop (it's free) and then see if you can find a suitable app before splashing out on a Boxee Box itself.

It has to be said that there is an awful lot of (mostly American) rubbish so you will have to be selective.
 
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