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Transponder.tv uses placeshifting technology to allow users to access their media on a direct and one to one basis from wherever they are in the world.

The term "placeshifting" is used interchangeably with "spaceshifting" both having the same meaning, albeit that the former refers to the use of more conventional dedicated hardware. Typical examples of such consumer hardware devices include TV2Me, Sony's Location Free Player, Plex, SlingMedia's Slingbox and Monsoon Multimedia's Vulkano. All of which allow full remote functionality, and are fine if the user has the opportunity to connect up the devices to satellite dish, internet and power back at home. Transponder’s service using the Spaceshifting technology offers identical services using advanced SDR (Software Defined Radio) processes in conjunction with cloud processing and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) technology.

This means that users are allocated their own unique spaceshifting service, which they directly access and control through an online portal. Nothing is copied, streamed or distributed by this portal, it merely provides a gateway for the user to connect to his or her spaceshifting device. More information on the spaceshifting process can be found here Place Shifting

In practice users are limited to a very wide choice of pretuned free to air channels for user convenience, to deter access to content that is considered unfit for general broadcast (e.g. extremist propaganda channels) and to prevent access to pay to view (subscription) content.
As receivers are individually allocated, we are required to associate one per account, thus registration is necessary. This has the added advantage that, once a recording feature is enabled, only the user that made a recording will be able to access it. In this manner we can be sure that we have reserved bandwidth for those using the service, reducing, if not eliminating, troublesome buffering and picture breakup. Neither registration details nor user/usage data will be made available to anyone.

Where service has traditionally been funded by advertising, there will be no advertising by popular request. However we cannot run at a loss for long, so it is likely that very modest subscriptions may be introduced for parts of the service (e.g. recording) or all of the service depending on uptake, feedback and costs of operation.