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Homebrew slingbox?

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The slingbox pro-hd was very nice - tried it for a few days.

However it had to be returned because of 2 issues related to the playback software.

1) Incredibly high CPU usage for high bitrate streams (6mbit+). To the point where a Core i5 laptop had trouble keeping up.

2) Lack of post processing - some obvious scaling artifacts.

I liked the idea of near-perfect HDTV streaming. What sort of software/hardware solution could be used in place of the sling?

For example, a HDTV import card + VLC streaming? Or something more sophisticated....
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Can those solutions provide near-exact quality to the original 720p signal?

I'm working with a ~5.5Mbit upstream I'm hoping to maximize quality.

Do you need special software to playback the stream? For example sling's firefox plugin felt more like a hack and I don't like flash based solutions.... WMP/VLC native would be nice
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