The Upsides to the Slingbox is... generally good reception, you se the same cable package as whatever you have at home, no extra fees, and the slingbox is wired right into you TV setup so you dont have to mess around with the wiring. The slingbox is also built mainly for PC access aswell so if you have a laptop, its a very nice thing to have when traveling and it uses the full potential of your digital cable or satelite (i.e. OnDemand, recorded shows, so on...). I havent used Orb but from what I can tell it requires your computer to remain on and functioning properly, you need a media card which unless you want to mess around with wiring, you will need to have get a nice card which incorporates your cable and then passes it through to your TV. I think if your willing to send the money for the slingbox it is your best bet.