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Streaming Live TV content over Network

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I'm developing an application to view certain content on a large panel display. I need to add Live TV content to this. I've tried several online streaming services, but none are 100% reliable, so I'm looking for a Device (Maybe slingbox or similar), that can take the TV signal (either digital, or analog from a decoder), and then stream this across the network, so that I can view it either in a HTML page, or as raw media.

Has anyone had experience streaming TV content across a network, and what devices are available to do this?

I suppose a TV Tuner card with something like ORB2 would suffice, but I'm after a better solution that would run stand alone(ie no PC required to stream the media).

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Slingbox will do it.  I have used slingbox and it works well even over the net.  Part of the problem is that you will lose quality.  Is this going to be over the local network only, hopefully?  

Microsoft was supposed to expand Media Center to do this, but I never could get it working.  THis was part of the whole point of their Xbox media whatever.  They wanted to have their technology built into independent devices, but I think the project went dead.  

I worked on development for something similar to this, but then I didn't have a market for it.  I hope it works out.  I wish I could offer more.
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The thing I've noticed with the slingbox is it uses proprietry encoding 'SlingStream' to transmit the media. So, only slingplayer can be used play the content, and only a single player can connect at a single time.

The problem with this is that I need the media to be received by the Server, then made available to all clients, in either a native media format (WMV, MP4 etc..), so that the clients (Silverlight), can play the media. The other option I have is to somehow stream the media to a HTML page, and use the silverlight Webbrowser control to display the HTML page with the streaming media playing.

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I've used WebGuide, it works with Windows Media Center.  You'll obviously need a tuner card installed on your box, I've used the hauppauge cards with good results.

http://www.asciiexpress.com/webguide/
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I don't know of anything that does this the way you are talking about.  But, it may not be all that difficult to write something from scratch.  There are some issues with it.  

1. Legal: Any device that you build will have to be approved by the cable company to redistribute their content, which will never happen.  There are reasons why people like slingbox use proprietary encoding.  If their stuff could be hacked easily, then you could write your program to redistribute home programming.

2. Technical limitation: Won't work with digital cable without some major technical work.  (Been there)  The only card that will that will accept the cable companies digital signal was made by ATI and you can't buy it (Not legitemately anyway).  Otherwise, an open source software that captures the video (regular cable) from a video source (tv card), could probably be modified to work with an embeddable flv player.

If you are looking to do this for profit, there are a lot of sticky legal issues.  You really should have a good lawyer who understands this take a look at it.  

I am really interested in this because I have been working with this off and on over the last few years.  Please let me know how it turns out.  

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I found this source, that I can play on the Silverlight Webbrowser control window:

http://skyplayer.sky.com/vod/page/detachedSampleStream.do
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Also have a setup with livestation.com, which allows for live streaming, from authorized locations.
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