Quick Review: Vulkano Flow from Monsoon Multimedia - Leave a comment to win one!

Vulkano Flow
By David Boyd on 9 Jun 2011 11:23 am
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We have 3 Vulkano Flows by Monsoon Multimedia to give away, keep reading for details!

The Vulkano Flow is the latest and greatest from Monsoon Multimedia in the Vulkano product line. The Flow allows the user to watch and control television programming they receive at home on their BlackBerry Smartphone, PC, Mac, and soon to their BlackBerry PlayBook.

Summary of Vulkano Flow features:

  • Mark channels as favorite for quick access on your mobile phone
  • Watch and control your live TV on the go via Wi-Fi or 3G
  • Change channels just like at home
  • Browse EPG for shows and episode descriptions
  • Connect to all major TV sources - cable, DVD, satellite, DVR, TiVo
  • Stream high-quality video at H.264 standards at 150kbps
  • Connects to set-top box analog output and wirelessly to home router (802.11n)

The Vulkano Flow is similar to the Slingbox, but it is avaiable at a fraction of the cost. Continue reading to see what it has to offer.

Vulkano Flow by Monsoon Multimedia

What's in the box?

  • 1 Vulkano Flow
  • 1 Power Adapter
  • 1 Quick Start Guide
  • 1 RJ-45 Ethernet cable
  • 1 IR Blaster cable
  • 1 Component cable
  • 1 Composite cable

Setup and Installation

Once you take the Flow out of the box, just follow the simple setup instructions and you'll be streaming in no time. I used the included cables, and hooked up the Vulkano to my Time Warner cable box in a matter of minutes. Next I downloaded to Vulkano software to my MacBook, hooked it up to the Flow via the included ethernet cable, followed the on-screen instructions, and before I knew it, I had established my Vulkano ID and connected to my Wi-Fi network.

Next I launched BlackBerry App World on my BlackBerry Bold 9780 and searched for the Vulkano Player app. This is where you have to be careful. That search will return two different Vulkano apps. Make sure you download the Vulkano Player for Flow app for $12.99. The other Vulkano Player app is used for the previous generation Vulkano Players.

Once the correct app was installed, I entered in my Vulkano ID and password, and I was ready to view live TV.

App World download

Use and Overview

How many times have you been out and about and wanted to catch a quick TV show, or watch a ballgame? I know I have been out many times at certain events bored out of my mind, and would've loved to be able to watch something to pass the time. Now that problem is solved, I just pull out my BlackBerry and launch the Vulkano app. 

Vulkano launch screen

The app will run off Wi-Fi or 3G, however be careful if you choose 3G, as this will be very data intensive. Most of the time I used the app, I was somewhere that had free Wi-Fi, which for one, saved my limited data bucket, and two, provided better bandwidth for a better streaming experience. I found 3G would work, but depending on your signal strength, the picture quality could be choppy. 

From within the app, you have the ability to change the channel and view the EPG (electronic program guide) and see descriptions of shows. Take a look at the video to get a quick demo on how it works. 


Conclusion

The Vulkano Flow is available from multiple retailers, e-tailers, and MyVulkano.com for $99.99. It was kept in the sub $100 to make it more attractive and affordable to consumers, and I tell you what, it works for me. When you compare it to the cost of a Slingbox and their app, the Vulkano will save you a little more than $100.

The major drawback I have seen, is the need to buy the mobile app for each mobile device you plan to use it on, however, the PC and Mac apps are available for free. As I mentioned earlier, there is a PlayBook app in the works, and will hopefully be released in the near future, but it will most likely cost you another $12.99 to download. 

Overall, I think the Vulkano Flow is a great accessory for any BlackBerry user!

Contest: We have 3 Vulkano Flows to give away this week, courtesy of Monsoon Multimedia! To enter to win, leave a commment below. One entry per person please, and the contest ends this Sunday at midnight PST. Good luck! 

More information on the Vulkano Flow

650 comments

bigdaddyII

This sounds like a great product to have. Lots of fun!

Innerchild

Wow... cool device. Would love to win one. Thanks!

ldcmobile

Wow this sounds like a proper heir to the Slingbox legacy. I appreciate that they sell their offerings for 1/2 the price of the sling stuff

timmyc123

Looks like a great alternative to Slingbox. Would love to win one. Thanks

Truckswain

Awesome device! Will be really cool with my playbook

marcys173

meee pick me please....! I love crackberry for ever

rroyy

Will it work in Turkey :) if so I want one.

bustermin

This looks awsome, I'd love one

Suavechef

Count me in! I would love to have this in my house!

sjsplaty

THis would be invaluable to me as I have to travel around the world for business. Please pick me!!!

Belerephont

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npunk42

Ok, Im not sure I get it, but I thing I would like to get it.

jag8826

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billmany

nice product, I am very interested in getting

jymbrittain

Yet another awesome contest!

jedi214

Look interesting will love to try this

DarkKnight08

This will be sweet on the PB!

howl078

Volkano for me please

begley1

Love to watch the Canucks win the Stanley Cup with one of these babies!

deckem

Looks cool. I likes.

ernbrdn#WN

Ex wife snatched my Slingbox, I'd sure love to have this to replace it.

radoon

That'd be pretty sweet to have. Don't want to run another cable (or get another TV) for the bedroom. Already have a computer there so this would be perfect. Plus I would totally get the PlayBook app when its out.

pccdromaw

sounds very nice. enter me plse

Turbaru

Sound awesome, i would love to have one!

dizadee

This would be very cool.

Blacklac

Looks great. I can haz?

Jerrud

I've been wanting to try something like this out. Maybe I can win and try it for FREEEEEEEEEE!!! hahaha

HTATE2

ok now i know its my turn, thanks for the chance

sedalia066

Wonderful. My family and I would love one of these.

Razor213

Ive been waiting for this.......send it to me..............

toddie

Looks like a great device!
I'm thinking it would be a great addition for my Torch and Playbook.

The best part of possibly winning this device, is that it would not matter to my how much Grey's or the Bachelorette my wife would want to watch, I would always have my own option.

Have pity on a guy suffering through all these Chick shows!!!! :)

How's this for an official entry! :)

hakeem23

Would love to have this! Thanks CrackBerry!

richs#CB

would be awesome while traveling. hope i win

Bill_Johnson

Sounds awesome! Would love to win one! Thanks!

dhhoffm

That looks incredible--would love to win it!

bluedarter

Wow!!! Gotta have one.

BOTF

Nice. I hate it when I am away and forget to set DVR.

dakid2k6

Great tool. Some competion for slingplayer.
Where do I get my free one at? Lol.

hinesjo

siicckkk thats awesome!

Kings

looks great
its a must have
I wanna win one pls

Mike_Luchia

Wow now this I could use.

Mike

brettda

Awesome device. Would love to win one please!!!

1magine

Hope it works better than that on-line software stuff.

reddoorway

Great form factor, great lines, great functionality _ would love to have this !

PicmanPanther

These contests are AWESOME! Ditto for this sweet unit!

MousePad

Really cool!

Please gimme gimme! :D

Leopardmech

Great device, never miss the big game on the road again.

hockey#CB

this box looks sleek and very interesting

jaBBu

This is just plain nice.

fathertomphone

This looks really cool...we have something similar to this for Dish Network but this looks sleeker and better! I really want to win one!

narci

Sun of a gun. I was just on vulkano's website yesterday looking at replacing my 2 slingboxes.

Sling stopped supporting the user base and I want to be ready to be able to place shift TV when I upgrade to a 9900.

Awesome contest Crackberry team.

howboutdat

Please! Pick me! I'm a winner I can feel it!

bbert0183

Looks like an excellent device.

caecorum

I would want one. Sleek!

crohns

Can you say awesome!!! this product looks fantastic. sign me up

Sergio Adams

WOW! CRAAAAAACK!!! <3 this one is for me ^_^

sonydude23

I have the old Shadow and it does not work with the Torch... I wanna win!

con4n007

OMG I WANT ONE PLEASE!!!!!!

dooks

Very cool! Let me know when to expect it! :)

blackmoe

Wow cool device. I think I saw my name on one :-)

kenbjr66

This would be great to pair with the Bold 9900 I'm planning to get. Woot!

eliasso

this is a great device!!! love the idea :D

DeeLishusOne

oooh weeeeee, sounds like something I can work with!!!

ugabennett

sounds awesome......i want one! please!

cl8baller

Seems like something interesting to try and give a shot

middbrew

This would be nice to watch some games while away from home. Very nice!

Key_Reign

Looks great! Can't wait to win one!!!

abadbrad

Wonderful. My family and I would love one of these.
Count me in.

dvesh

Sounds awesome. Woot woot!

david.e.crocker@gmail.com

This is awesome, I would LOVE to have one and would defintely be thrilled to use this with my new Bold 9900 when it arrives.

twirlyboy

I definitely need to have this :)

xweb10

I would love one of these.

hollymb59

Pick me! This will be perfect for my gadget-geek husband.

slideaway

Slick! Would love to win one!

Philldoe

Do want. This would be so nice to have...

RGwhittenbu

I think I could probably use one of these. I want.

hellnback76

This is the technology that you never get tired of, perfect for a sports freak who is on the road. I am entered and keeping my fingers crossed, thanks crackberry!

Nightfox111

Damm... been bugging Slingbox for some playbook support. Maybe I'll get this one instead.

kwoodford

Sweet device. Sling, lookout. There's a new sheriff in town...

usulsuspct

homer drool.....gimmah!

RuMorInc

FINALLY!!! Been looking for a slingbox alternative for some time and this is the goods! Can't wait for the playbook app to be ready. Definite must have.

gp0777

Sheer Awesomenes!!!!!!!!!!

cycling56#CB

Okay, I went back and bought the PlayBook again after having returned the first one right after the launch. I just couldn't stand being without it, so if I could win the Vulkano Flow it would be the perfect companion to my PlayBook.....Please

jackdunhill

ive been looking for a slingbox alternative!

rwilley

please put my name in the hat...I would love to have this. Thank you.

JayTeamberry

I travel alot for work and my friends have their sling boxed Ipads ready to go on the road and I have always wished my Playbook could have something similar. I would love to win one.

AndrewMcHorney

Please Please Pick me now!

stitch69

omg this is SOOOOOO cool xD

drkknyt98

This things seems like a great addition to my home theater setup. Love to win one. Pick me!

canuckvoip

A definte must have!
Awesome!

je2345

omg...i need this! Love the way it looks too,it wil blend in nicely with black comcast cable box,ps3, home theater system and google tv. Cant wait til app releases for BB Playbook.

Jaiden

Wish I was watching tv right now, work sucks! Pick me please!

sirk25

oooohhh...........I'd love to win this and compare the differnce to my Slingbox. Sign me up please.

RawlDogg

Looks cool! I'll take 2 please.

stevejb

Show the UK the love guys.... ;-)

canuckvoip

This is a must have!
Very cool.
Awesome

FoxxBerry

This sounds like a great thing, Please pick me and thank you in advance

Groundhog_Day

Looks great, I would love to win s copy.

arieltf

This looks great!

Please, sir, may I win one?

dhall13

This looks really cool, Hope I win this.

Thanks for the chance to own this possibly.

Malachi.2.15

Wow...thanks Vulkano and Crackberry. What an awesome product and contest. Count me in!!!

jlb21

I must win. Not winning would be most illogical captain.

I must win or I will have to use the Vulcano Death Grip.

batrad

sweet .. i can get rid of Hulu Plus and use this with my ancient DVR

drseusswwm

I have want one of these FOREVER! Wow crack berry you have the sickest connections!

Prey521

Given that my Hava Platinum just fried, this would rock as a replacement!

silvio000

Uau, great product. Thanks for the giveaway.

hypersnail

looks interesting, would love to try it out.

pilothaz

Nice product. Good luck to all (and me)

mitchsurp

This would be a fantastic addition to my home network. Count me in for this contest!

dewey32399

Too cool! What an awesome setup!!!!

zoomlink1

Put my name into this contest.

tony123ny

ok, if ever i needed to win something its this. im begging you guys and kev, please pick me!!!

Bear7079

Hopefully it is a lot easier to trouble shoot than a slingbox. would love to win this as i left the slingbox with my parents.

Seijuro

sounds awesome !
would love to win one : )

Wishmagic

Awesome can't wait to try it out!

jborfeo

that looks pretty cool! sign me up.

silverandblue84

Looks fantastic, would LOVE to win one! I'm feeling lucky for this one! **fingers crossed**

davedev

Looks amazing. i'd love to win one!

bodberry

would love to win this

ZiggyK

This looks REALLY awesome! :)

perfectson

My un-wedded wife, unborn child, and myself need this!

@ngel

Awesome! Well done guyz!

kaptiv8her

This would be great. Thanks for the chance to win.

flyernut

By the power of Greyskull! I'd love this and would be rockin' it on my PlayBook if they need Beta testers!!!

RyMac04

would love to be able to watch Game of Thrones from my BlackBerry

andrewmcwhirter

I would love to have this product! Looks great!

jghellion

Looks like a good product and the price is about right.

djsat

i will love to have it :) thx

Glkprhog

Would like to win one of these for the road....

Chrisd534

YESSS I've been wanting one of these forever! would love to win it! Thanks CB/Vulkano

Walshfitness

looks great sounds great very slick would love to win one !!

jacknewp

Would love this unit to watch TV on my Torch - Thanks!

AeroFly

Wow! It is so amazing, isn't it? Thanks CB by introducing such a cool and amazing stuff for BB fans! It powers BB devices again, pushes them to a higher rank in experiencing. I can't wait to try it, thank you~! Yahooooo~!

Oncastillo

Awesome!!! hope to win one!! ;)

Bustarargs

That would be amazing to have!

ken_max04

this one of the products i would love to have
send one my way

newcollector

This would be a perfect Father's Day gift for myself!

danp2000

I'd love to win this. I haven't won anything in a while. Show me the love!

fakesleep

So sweet! I would love the opportunity to win!

dakid72

This would be a great fun device to have for when you are out of town and you recorded some shows or whatever and now you don't have to wait til you get back home just to watch your shows.
Crackberry you guys and gals give away the COOLEST stuff around, just hope I am one of the blessed three!
Thanks in advance!

thefinks

WOW!!!!! thats a nice one!!!!

AndrewMcHorney

Please Please Pick me now!

sfmccallie

Sweet! Sign me up for a Vulkano!!!

mikelurizar

Wow that's awesome! Really it's a must have!

mowza

1st time i see it !!!
good 2 win it <3

infiniti

Blackberry playbook app release will make me buy this thing.

p072

would love to win one of these thanks Phil

winthropstar

Would love to see this with my playbook!

rrrebo

I want to go with the Flow!

khyrk

This is nice. I would love to win myself a copy.

toan07

this would be an awesome product to try out. please give me one

ianbordas

this looks awesome!! Just what i need since the wife always wants to watch one tv and my son cartoons on another tV! Can I watch the channels i want while the TV is in another channel? anyways... PICK MEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

David Boyd

No unfortunately not. Whatever channel the TV box is on is what the Vulkano will transmit.

BENZ_O

sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet

chosen1_88

Would definitely like to try this out. Been on the fence about Sling for a while, but this looks to be even better.

rdy78

this would be great to go with my pb/bb combo....

DukeBB79

Wow. I really need this!

RideRed250

It would be great to have this! Stupid coax cable won't screw into the HDMI port!!

JosephRuff

Pppppppppaaaaaaaalllllleeeeeeaaaaasssssssssseeeeee! I know, annoying isn't it? (Bugs Bunny voice)

juanyboomba

Looks pretty cool...nice alternative to the pricier slingbox. Would LOVE to win one of these! :)

waiting4rim2catchup

first, sliced bread... now THIS!!! LOL

kidkariminal

awesome would love to win one of these

BaconMunch

This is amazing, I would love to use this.

dgross07

This is so cool. I would love to have one. Thanks.

aryan77

wow would love to have one...... crackberry bring it on.....

skraz

I would love to try this thing. Count me in! :)

WillHeSurvive

This looks great. Pick me please.

rleist

I'd like one to compare to my Slingbox who ticked me off becuase they gave up on Blackberry.

tuffy100

wow this looks amazing! I'd love to win one :)

asianguy80

all the more reason to keep my BB on me

chriselsen

Would really love to win one. Thanks.

mikol

this on a playbook would be excellent

PiotrJot

Looks like a great one to have :)

jdhuttojr

Never heard of this one before but looks awesome.

Chantlaxx

This sounds awesome. i would love one

cjterminator

Sounds great!! will love to have one.
Wish me luck!! :)

lvjustin

This is pretty awesome!

xenomorph113

this would be a nice addition :)

Dave N.

Sweet! Hell with my slingbox I want one!

mssca

Please pick me... I haven't won any accessory from crackberry.com yet... please pick me....

shiyifan

looks like a great device and could take me through some boring courses or a long train ride. please pick me...

flyersfan76

Wow that is cool. Pick me Pick me.

Go

linuxdaemon

This looks cool, and will be more selling points for my yet-to-acquire PlayBook :)

Ruman

Count me in .. Looks nice

c2c

Very neat design!

Would fit perfectly in my office!!!

;-)
c2

Ruman

Count me in .. Looks nice

era3z

hoooooo would be awesome and be an honor to win this...

munchies

I can only imagine how pleased my wife will be when I am watching tv on my bberry while she is watching the boy @ the park!

Chuck O.

I would really appreciate it if you gave me one.

veldacy1

winning this would sooooooooooooooooo make up for my FRIED playbook which is out for repair!!

jimread1949

Oh yes please, I travel a lot and this would be perfect. So put me down for a win please

DD12

Sounds like a very cool product. Should be lots of fun.

dapoldi

*Slobbers*
3-4Hrs commute per day for me, once you've seen the "happy faces" of people (myself included) on a monday morning at 5, you'll understand why I clearly need one for my Playbook =)

freeyo

I need it! I am travelling and need to relax sometimes.

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