Belkin takes on Slingbox with @TVPlus media streamer

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Belkin has unveiled a set-top box device designed to take on Slingbox’s place-shifting receiver, allowing you to stream your home television content to any computer, tablet or smartphones. The @TVPlus hooks up to a media source, such as a digital cable box, satellite receiver or DVD player, and you can access that content from anywhere in the world and from a number of devices over Wi-Fi or a 3G/4G cellular connection.

The device can handle both standard and high-definition programming, though inputs and outputs are limited to component cables instead of HDMI. Belkin’s viewing software will be available on Windows, OS X, Android, and iOS — for free on desktops and tablets, $12.99 on smartphones.

The @TV mobile app features an easy-to-use channel guide with swipe surf that allows easy scrolling, and also lets users record live TV directly to their smartphone or tablet for offline viewing later.

Belkin says the @TVPlus feature set is comparable to the Slingbox Pro-HD, which retails for $299, however the company’s place-shifting solution will set you back $150 when it arrives in mid-July.

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