Awesome video, awesome gadget

We’re getting totally used to the idea that any great thing we see on TV will automatically show up online. Case in point: our current favorite sentimental, stuntish (but brilliant) new music video, for U2’s “Window in the Skies.” We saw it first on MTV and then found it on YouTube (watch it even if you’re not a U2 fan; link below).

But, of course, not all stuff on TV ends up on the Internet (yet, at least). Which is why we’re also telling you about our current favorite gadget, the Slingbox PRO, the latest edition of an ultra-clever miracle box. It works like this:

1. Hook up Slingbox PRO to your cable (or satellite) box and/or TiVo (or other DVR) and then your Internet connection.

2. Install the SlingPlayer software on your PC or Mac or certain mobile phones.

3. Voilà: You can now watch anything that’s on your home TV (live local sports broadcasts, Seinfeld reruns on your TiVo) wherever you are (say, your hotel room in Cleveland) that’s got a fast Internet connection. Your Slingbox is essentially broadcasting over the Internet to an audience of one: you.

And, because we’re feeling generous, you can win one (see basic details above left).

Please feel free to forward this e-mail to your friends; if they
subscribe to VSL (as always, VSL is entirely free) by the cutoff, they’ll be eligible to win, too. No purchase is necessary to enter or win the sweepstakes. The sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older. For official sweepstakes rules, click HERE. Void where prohibited by law.

WATCH U2’s “Window in the Skies” video

WATCH a short Flash video that explains in more detail how the Slingbox PRO works (click on the Play button)

BUY the Slingbox PRO

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Awesome video, awesome gadget