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

At a Glance

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  • Monsoon Multimedia Vulkano Flow

    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

At a Glance

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.

Price when rated: $100

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
  • Remote control suffers from serious lag; limited DVR functionality
  • Limited DVR functionality
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