The Vulkano's basic version, called the Flow, is a keyboard-sized slab that connects through cables to your home live internet TV and, with a cable or Wi-Fi, to your home network.
At the remote end, you can download and install a program on a Windows or Mac PC or an app on an Apple, Android or BlackBerry phone or tablet. The Android apps are free but the Apple versions cost $12.99.
Once both ends can talk to each other, your remote device becomes an extension of your live internet TV. Vulkano's channel guide or a pop-up remote control lets you find and select a channel. After a bit of buffering, you get live video with sound.
The picture quality will vary depending on the speed of your connection and the screen size of your device. It's quite good on a 4G phone but slightly rougher on a tablet, especially when there's action on the screen. A candidate debate will look a lot cleaner than a fast-break slam dunk. Video is also better if it comes from a high-definition channel.
If your device has an option for HDMI output, you can route the picture to a monitor or live internet TV, but be prepared for the picture quality to degrade on a larger display.
Overall, watch TV online works much like the better-known Slingbox Solo, but it costs considerably less: $99 for the Flow compared to $179 for the Solo.END AKISMET -->
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