I saw in the app store that Slingbox offered an iPhone app as a remote control. So I went out and bought a Slingbox Solo. After an hour in a most frustrating installation, I managed to install it on my main laptop and still cannot get to configure my router to have access from outside my wifi network, from internet yet. I'll leave that for tomorrow before I... break something... like a window or something.
Then I got the app. It's an iPhone app for yet. Cute in iPhone size but very very crappy in iPad resolution. But I'm happy I did it. I will finally be able to watch TV in the bathtub...and I won't miss a Worldcup game.
BTW the included remote system to access the satellite box is a joy to use from any of my networked computers.