The beauty of this is that you can access your recordings from any computer in the house and even from your smartphone - including the iPhone and iPad - when you're on the road.
MyTVR gives you access to all the new standard-definition digital channels and the recordings are streamed to you when and where you're ready to watch them. MyTVR offers a 14-day free trial with 200MB of online storage, but the $5.85 per month Silver plan offers 1.2GB and $7.85 p/m Gold plan offers 4.8GB.
The paid plans also let you create Season Passes to automatically record your favourite shows, as well as add 15 minutes of post-padding in case your show runs late. Assuming you've got the storage allowance to spare, MyTVR will record all stations simultaneously.
|An Internet-based PVR: the MyTVR site
The SlingBox works on a different principle. It sits in your lounge room, connected to both the internet and entertainment devices such as your TiVo, Foxtel iQ2 and DVD player. You can connect to the SlingBox remotely via a computer or smartphone so you can flick through channels and watch previous recordings as if you were at home on the couch.
You can also use a SlingCatcher set-top box to watch your recordings on other televisions around your house.
Orb is free software that offers remote access in a similar way.