If someone you know is a traveler who has TiVo, a lesser DVR or just plain cable TV or satellite service, this is a device that allows all home-based local programming and recorded TV to be streamed (even in HD) for viewing on computers or handheld mobile devices anywhere in the world.
I think of it as taking along a piece of home while on the road. There are no recurring monthly fees. Admittedly, this is a bit of a geek’s gift, but it’s a very cool geek’s gift that keeps on giving. Yet it is so simple to set up and use. Slingbox is so much fun!