Vulkano Flow: A Capable Sub-$100 HDTV Place-Shifter With Direct-to-Mobile Recording, Too

At a Glance
  • Monsoon Multimedia Vulkano Flow

    TechHive Rating

    For about $100, with no service charges, the Vulkano Flow lets you watch pretty good versions of any live, recorded, or on-demand show you could watch at home--from any PC, Mac, iPad, or smartphone with a...

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At a Glance
  • TechHive Rating

    For about $100, with no service charges, the Vulkano Flow lets you watch pretty good versions of any live, recorded, or on-demand show you could watch at home--from any PC, Mac, iPad, or smartphone with a decent broadband connection, regardless of location.

    Pros

    • Watch your home HDTV content on any PC, Mac, iPad, or smartphone with a decent broadband hookup
    • Watch your home HDTV content on any PC, Mac, iPad, or smartphone with a decent broadband hookup
    • $100 device supports live, recorded, and on-demand programs
    • $100 device supports live, recorded, and on-demand programs
    • Control with a virtual remote
    • Control with a virtual remote

    Cons

    • Can only stream analog output from your set-top box; no 5.1 or 7.1 audio support
    • Can only stream analog output from your set-top box; no 5.1 or 7.1 audio support
    • Remote control suffers from serious lag; limited DVR functionality
    • Remote control suffers from serious lag
    • Limited DVR functionality

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