Hands-on with Sling Media’s iPad and Windows Phone 7 apps [Video]

By on January 8, 2011 at 9:01 AM.

Hands-on with Sling Media’s iPad and Windows Phone 7 apps [Video]

Fresh off this morning’s Verizon/Sling partnership announcement, Sling took some time to show us its best and brightest. We got a chance to see the Windows Phone 7 version of its Sling Player app in action, and were definitely impressed with the quality of the streaming video. Sling mentioned that the WP7 version of its software delivers the highest-quality content out of all of its mobile apps, and based on what we saw today we’re certainly not going to argue with that contention.

We also had a chance to spend some time with Sling’s iPad App which, suitably, offers a much richer and more immersive Sling experience than is available on any of its smaller-format apps. Video quality was amazing, and choosing content from the on-board channel guide was easier than using a full size TV and remote.

The company was more or less mum about their upcoming Verizon partnership, but did confirm that they will be offering a subscription based service which will come complete with a totally unique-to-Verizon Sling box unit that will be either subsidized or free depending on the specifics of the Sling subscription that the user opts in to. More details on that will certainly be emerging in the coming weeks and months, but expect to see it hit the streets sometime in late Winter/early Spring.

Read on to see a video of the player in action and our image gallery! More →

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SlingPlayer Mobile for iPad now available

By on November 24, 2010 at 11:43 AM.

SlingPlayer Mobile for iPad now available

Sling Media’s popular placeshifting app is now available on the Apple iPad. The company first announced the eventual arrival of its iPad offering back in March of this year, and the task was apparently a steep one. Almost eight months later, however, SlingPlayer Mobile for iPad is finally here. Owners of Apple’s iPad can now stream live television and movies from their homes to the iPad over Wi-Fi or 3G. Content recorded on a TiVo or DVR can be streamed as well, and SlingPlayer is capable of remotely controlling a wide variety of cable and satellite boxes. The sizable 9.7-inch display on the iPad makes it a perfect candidate for the app, and early reports from users are definitely complimentary. SlingPlayer Mobile for iPad is available immediately in Apple’s App Store for $29.99.

[Via Dave Zatz] More →

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SlingPlayer Mobile hits Windows Phone 7

By on November 9, 2010 at 6:00 PM.

SlingPlayer Mobile hits Windows Phone 7

Sling Media announced Tuesday that its popular SlingPlayer Mobile software is now available for Windows Phone 7 devices. The mobile app will allow Windows Phone 7-powered handsets like the HTC Surround to stream live TV content from a home television via Wi-Fi or 3G. Sling Media uses a hardware component — a Slingbox — to capture signals from a user’s cable or satellite box and rebroadcast the content over the Internet using a private stream. Slingboxes can also stream content recorded with a DVR using the same technology. SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Phone 7 is available immediately in the Windows Marketplace for $29.99. Hit the jump for Sling’s full press release. More →

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SlingPlayer for Android makes its official debut in the Android Market

By on June 22, 2010 at 11:12 AM.

SlingPlayer for Android makes its official debut in the Android Market

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Slingbox owners rocking the latest Android handset will be happy to know that SlingPlayer has made its official debut in the Android Market. Available for $30, the app will allow you to Sling over 3G, 4G, and WiFi and is as full featured as its iPhone counterpart; as it has support for local channels, local sports coverage, video on demand, pay per view, and home DVR control. If you are an Android-toting, Slinbox-owning resident of Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom or the United States, head over to the Android Market and get your Sling on. More →

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AT&T finally approves a 3G-compatible version of SlingPlayer Mobile for the iPhone

By on February 4, 2010 at 12:49 PM.

AT&T finally approves a 3G-compatible version of SlingPlayer Mobile for the iPhone

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Ten months after we broke the news on the WiFi-only SlingPlayer Mobile for the iPhone, it looks like AT&T and Sling have finally come to terms on a 3G version of the video streaming product. During these intervening months, SlingMedia has developed a 3G optimized version (read: it won’t kill AT&T’s network) of SlingPlayer Mobile that AT&T has been testing since mid-December. Sling’s well-written code coupled with AT&T loosening grip on the application requirements for its 3G network has lead to success as AT&T announced today that it has given the rubber stamp of approval to Sling’s 3G mobile app. No word on when this 3G version will hit the App store but we are reaching out to Sling to see if we can get a ballpark date. We’ve been using a 3G-enabled SlingPlayer iPhone application for a while, and we’re not sure how we’d live without it, so this is really, really, exciting. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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Sling Media Touch Control 100 video demo at CES

By on January 8, 2010 at 11:31 PM.

Sling Media Touch Control 100 video demo at CES

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We popped over to Sling Media’s booth here at CES and took the new Sling Touch Control 100 for a spin. Overall, it’s pretty impressive and nifty, albeit a bit large, but the big, vivid screen makes up for it. Now, instead of picking up your heavy arm, grabbing the remote control and pushing all those buttons, you can set this thing down beside you and navigate your DVR or Blu-ray player over your wireless network with just the touch of a finger. The layout and set-up is very similar to what you’d see online for navigating content, so it’s quite intuitive. But if you miss that good-old-fashioned remote control look, you can get that up on the screen, too. Hit the break for the video demo! More →

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Sling Media debuts four new OEM placeshifting media devices at CES 2010

By on January 6, 2010 at 11:48 AM.

Sling Media debuts four new OEM placeshifting media devices at CES 2010

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Sling is coming to Vegas with four new placeshifting media devices that will allow you to sling your HD content around your house, control your Sling media with the touch of a finger and, in typical slingbox fashion, access your content on portable media devices while on the go. The four products include the following:

  • Slingbox 700U – a traditional Slingbox that will connect to an internet-connected set top box via USB
  • Sling Monitor 150 – a remote monitor which displays HD streaming media from an in-network Slingbox
  • Sling Receiver 300 – a companion device which will stream HD media from an in-network slingbox to a remote TV
  • Sling Touch 100 – a touch-enabled remote control with a UI based upon the SlingGuide electronic program guide and the ability to control SlingGuide-enabled DVRs and most line of sight controlled AV equipment

All four devices are targeted for television service providers so they may attract new customers and are not for general consumption. We know, we know. Hit the jump for the full press release and press photos of each device. More →

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Slingplayer Mobile potentially coming to Android, future webOS player uncertain

By on January 31, 2009 at 2:45 PM.

Slingplayer Mobile potentially coming to Android, future webOS player uncertain

Those with a Slingbox at home and a smartphone in your pocket appreciate the on-the-go mobile viewing that Slingplayer Mobile provides. Currently, Slingplayer Mobile supports most handsets running Windows Mobile, Symbian, and the Palm OS. The recently released Blackberry beta client supports select GSM Blackberry handsets and the iPhone compatible version is slated to go through the App store approval process some time in Q1 2009. This leaves Android and the newly announced webOS as potential future candidates for upcoming versions of SlingPlayer Mobile. A forum post over at Sling Community by MegaZone, Community Manager for Sling Media, sheds some light on the future of SlingPlayer Mobile. According to MegaZone, Android is the “next logical platform”. With several handsets already slated for release, many handset manufacturers committed to producing future handsets and carriers from around the world  lining up to offer an Android handset, Android is a platform that is certainly worth the cost of development. Palm’s webOS on the other hand is, at this point, not as attractive as Android according to the Sling rep. MegaZone writes,

From what we have seen it looks like webOS is an all-new environment, so it would need an all-new SPM which would not be a small task. At this time we’re taking a wait and see approach to webOS. When it ships we’ll watch the adoption rate and decide if it warrants developing SPM for webOS or not. Keep in mind it has currently been announced for one device (the Pre) on one carrier (#3 and currently falling) so it remains to be seen if and when it appears on additional devices and carriers for the worldwide market and achieves a significant market share.

Burn! Whether his view on Sprint, Palm and its webOS is shared by other member of Sling Media remains to be seen but if it is indeed the consensus, then a mobile version of Sling Player for webOS may be a long time in the making.

[Via Zatz Not Funny]

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Sling Media updates Windows Mobile client, adds tons of devices

By on December 24, 2008 at 11:07 AM.

Sling Media updates Windows Mobile client, adds tons of devices

As BlackBerry users sit patiently and wait for the official BlackBerry beta program to FINALLY get under way, Sling Media has just cranked out a new build of its Windows Mobile application with a host of improvements. Most notably, SlingPlayer Mobile now supports 16 additional handsets sporting a range of display resolutions that had previously been unsupported. Is your weapon of choice among the list of newly-supported phones? Look no further:

  • AT&T HTC Fuze
  • AT&T LG Incite
  • AT&T Pantech Duo
  • AT&T Samsung Epix
  • HP iPAQ 910
  • Palm Treo Pro
  • Sony Ericsson X1
  • Sprint HTC Touch Diamond
  • Sprint HTC Touch Pro
  • Sprint Samsung ACE
  • Sprint Treo 800w
  • Verizon HTC Touch Pro
  • Verizon Samsung Omnia
  • Verizon Samsung Saga
  • Verizon XV6900
  • Motorola Q9h

The folks over at Sling sure have been busy lately but you know we’re never satisfied… What’s up with an iPhone app fellas? Oh well, hopefully we’ll get there soon enough. In the meantime if you’re a Slingbox owner with one of the devices listed above, definitely click through to the download page and get slinging.

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Sling opens its video portal to the public

By on November 26, 2008 at 3:55 PM.

Sling opens its video portal to the public

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Sling launched its video portal website to the public today, finally putting its private beta phase to bed. The new Sling.com portal offers full length TV episodes and movies, short clips and professional, independently produced web videos. Sling has partnered with large content providers like Hulu (NBC/Fox), CBS, PBS, BBC America, Warner, Sony and MGM, as well as independent Web video sites like College Humor, G4 and The Onion. Similar to Hulu, each video has short advertisements interspersed throughout the content. The portal also incorporates some social networking features that allow users to create profiles, mark videos as favorites and share their choices with other users. What sets the Sling portal apart from its competition though, is the ability of Slingbox owners to stream content from their Slingboxes via a web browser. The ability to stream live content is only supported on Windows machines and requires a browser plug-in compatible only with Internet Explorer or Firefox browser for the time being. Mac support is not currently available but is in the works. Jump on over to Sling’s website and let us know what you think of this latest addition to the online video streaming market.

[Via Cnet]

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Slingbox PRO-HD Becomes a Reality

By on September 25, 2008 at 9:48 AM.

Slingbox PRO-HD Becomes a Reality

Two short weeks since the Slingbox PRO-HD and Slingcatcher were first made available for pre-order, the PRO-HD box is now alive and shipping. It’s probably safe to say that after a delay or two, the team made sure that it got this puppy out the door ASAP. For $299 ($329 for our Canadian buddies) you can be streaming 720p or 1080i high definition goodness to just about anywhere your little heart desires. The Slingbox PRO-HD also features an integrated digital tuner and plenty of inputs to accommodate your DVR, digital cable, satellite receiver and DVD player. The release also coincides with a major software revision for Windows XP and Vista users. SlingPlayer 2.0 includes plenty of updates and new features, not the least of which is much needed live video buffer that allows viewers to pause, rewind and fast forward live streams a la DVR. There is also a great new guide feature that provides a built-in programming guide outside the player window, allowing you to easily browse program schedules as you stream. Today is a big day for our pals at Sling Media and with these major updates and the PRO-HD release out of the way, hopefully we’ll see things kick into high gear on the mobile front.

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Slingbox PRO-HD and Slingcatcher Now Available for Pre-order

By on September 10, 2008 at 1:23 PM.

Slingbox PRO-HD and Slingcatcher Now Available for Pre-order

…and right on schedule! Umm, right? Yes people, the Slingbox PRO-HD and Slingcather are now officially available for pre-order from amazon.com and direct from Sling Media. With Hava picking up steam, we’ve been waiting for our buddies over at Sling Media to make good on some of the updated goodies we have been waiting for. It might not have happened as quickly as some would have liked but at least we now know it won’t be long before these puppies are shipping. For those who need a 60-second refresher course, here we go: The Slingbox PRO-HD is the first box from Sling Media that will allow you to stream full 1080i High Definition video from your home to, well, anywhere. It is also the first model to sport an integrated digital tuner (ATSC OTA and clear QAM are supported). The Slingcatcher on the other hand, is a different direction for the company. It is designed to bring content to a television as opposed to sending television content to the internet. Hook this puppy up to your set and you can view video files from a USB flash drive, stream video and other content from your PC to your TV and it even lets you catch another Slingbox’s stream so you can Sling from TV to TV with no middle man. There’s some more good news as well. Those of you who have been jonesing for some HD-streaming love will be happy to learn that the Slingbox PRO-HD is available for $299, the same price as the Slingcatcher, rather than the $399 price point that Sling Media had been announced. Solid.

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