Sling Media

Jan 31 2012

News - SlingPlayer Comes to Kindle Fire

Amazon has been always been cagey about providing Kindle sales numbers, but with estimates floating around that Amazon may have sold upwards of 6 million Kindle Fires since the tablet's introduction late last year, you can bet that we will see more Android-friendly media apps and services working to bring their wares specifically to the Kindle Fire. How nice of Sling Media to provide an example to illustrate that point. Sling Media has been working to deploy their SlingPlayer Mobile app as widely as possible, including betting big on Honeycomb tablets. Starting January 31st, Sling Media will also be betting on the Kindle Fire with the release of SlingPlayer Mobile for the Kindle Fire through the Amazon App Store for $29.99. Sling Media has tried to take advantage of each platform that it has brought SlingPlayer Mobile to, and it looks like the Kindle Fire will be no exception. Despite being relatively low-powered as far as Android tablets go, the Kindle Fire seems to get on just fine with the SlingPlayer Mobile app in this hands-on. 

Sling Media Kindle Fire

Whether in high quality or low quality mode, however, SlingPlayer for the Kindle Fire performed as advertised. Operation using the on-screen controls was straight forward and commands were received by the Slingbox quickly. I did manage to trip up the connection once or twice by sending multiple commands too quickly, but seasoned SlingPlayer users know not to overload the controller and beyond that, performance was very impressive.

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Jan 04 2012

News - Broadcom to Put Sling on a Chip

This morning the silicon chip manufacture Broadcom announced a joint venture with EcoStar the owners of SlingMedia to bring the SlingPlayer to embedded systems. The announcement means box manufactures will be able to embed the new chip into their set top boxes and get fully SlingPlayer functionality. 

Some very interesting news there, hopefully we will be able to see something out of CES using this new chip.

This morning the chip maker announced anintegration deal with EchoStar to embed Sling place-shifting techin its dual-tuner HD gateway system on a chip (SoC), the BCM7425. The news means set-top makers, like heavyweights Motorola and Cisco, will soon be able to add a dose of Sling into their set-tops with the help of one of their existing suppliers.


Dec 16 2011

News - SlingPlayer Web App Released for Google TV

SlingPlayer for Google TV

Sling Media has been working hard to get their SlingPlayer app deployed as broadly as possible. Most recently we saw apps for Facebook and then the Boxee Box, and now the SingPlayer app is available on Google TV. Officially called SlingPlayer for Logitech Revue, it will reportedly work just fine on Sony's Google TV hardware as well. I suspect it will also work quite well on forthcoming Google TV hardware as it is a web app rather than a native Android app. It can be found under the "Spotlight" section of the main menu and appears to work much like the app on the Boxee Box, however I have noticed a couple of times that one must be careful of using the back button on the remote as it will unceremoniously dump you out of the app as it navigates back to the previous webpage. 

Slingbox maker Sling Media quietly rolled out official support for Google TVWednesday night with the launch of a SlingPlayer web app optimized for the smart TV platform. Google TV support and a closed beta test had been announced earlier this year, but now it’s available for everyone who owns both a SlingBox and one of Logitech’s Revue set-top boxes. 


Nov 18 2011

News - Sling Media Launches SlingPlayer Facebook App

Sling Media seems to have made it their mission to make sure that Slingbox owners can access their television from anywhere in the world on any device imaginable. Now, just to make sure that they haven't left any stone unturned, Sling has also launched a SlingPlayer for Facebook app. Slingbox SOLO and Slingbox PRO-HD users need to update to the latest firmware, install the new Facebook, and then sign into their accounts and they will be able to control their Slingbox in much the same way they would from the Slingbox website. The only real difference is the addition of a status bar running down the side of the screen for sharing what you are watching for your friends to comment on. Sling is promising that more social integration features are coming. Any suggestions on what Sling ought to add first?

SlingPlayer for Facebook

Slingbox has made the act of watching your television from anywhere stupendously easy over the years, and now the company has added yet another way to catch up on Community on the go: now you can watch from your Facebook account.


Oct 11 2011

News - SlingPlayer Goes Big for Honeycomb Tablets

Sling for Honeycomb

The SlingPlayer mobile app has been available on Android for a while now, but only for Android phones. Folks running Android Honeycomb-based tablets like the T-Mobile 7" tablet have been left to use an app designed for a 3-4 inch screen on their 7-10 inch tablet. The Android phone app will continue to work on tablets in this less-than-optimal "compatibility mode". The tablet version of the Android app will be $29.99 like the other mobile Sling apps and will be rocking an improved program guide, support for higher resolution video streams, and Sling's new virtual remote. The virtual remote creates a replica of the SlingPlayer remote control of the screen and allows you to control your SlingPlayer as if you had the remote in your hand. We have seen similar remote control systems for mobile apps, but never quite so literally translated to the handheld screen.

The application basically lets Slingbox owners watch home TV from their Android tablets. (The Slingbox retails for $180 and up).

New to this release of SlingPlayer is a revamped program guide that Sling Media says makes it easier to browse content choices while continuing to watch TV, change channels and control their DVRs.



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