Since the SOLO has no tv tuner it MUST be connected to something that does. That's normally a cable box or DVR. I suggest you install it as designed and it will work great. Also, you have to install it on something that will have a virtual remote setup in the SlingPlayer software in order to be able to control your source device. It wouldn't do much good to install in on something you can't control. By the way, I watch my SOLO on my laptop and Droid phone and it works great. I also have it connected to a ROKU by using the second set of inputs and splitting the audio signal.