Sling Media introduced the Slingbox back in 2005 as a way to upgrade existing TV subscriptions by allowing users to stream programs from phones, tablets, and even other TVs. It was fun while it lasted, but it looks like the usefulness of Slingbox products is coming to an end. The company has announced that it is discontinuing the product, and that existing Slingboxes will stop working within the next two years. Read More
Sling Media, not to be mistaken for Sling TV (which licenses the name to offer a separate service), produces a series of set-top boxes called Slingboxes capable of taking what's on your TV and streaming it to your mobile device. From there you can flip through channels using a virtual remote control regardless of whether you're on Wi-Fi or a cellular connection.
In addition to a Slingbox, you need the corresponding Android app to get everything to work. There's a separate version for phones and tablets, both of which cost $15. Except now Sling Media has produced a free version of each. Read More
Sling TV is best known for its set-top boxes that can beam your TV signal across the internet to other devices. The Dish subsidiary is set to embark on a new endeavor this year. Sling TV is set to offer a live TV streaming service that doesn't require a separate cable or satellite subscription. For $20 per month, you get a dozen streaming channels with more available as add-ons.
A couple of weeks back the Slingplayer app for phones was updated to include the long-overdue Chromecast streaming feature. And because Sling Media still seems loathe to make a single app that works across both phones and tablets (hang on a second... yup, it's still 2014), the tablet app is getting that feature today. Slingbox owners with compatible hardware can download it now for the hefty additional price of $15.
The only other notable addition to this version of the tablet app is Roku compatibility. Technically the stand-alone Roku set top boxes don't even need an Android app to handle Slingbox streaming, but later editions of the phone app have been able to "hand off" the current streaming video from your home TV to a remote Roku so long as it's associated with the same Sling account. Read More
In addition to a handful of new Chromecast-supported apps announced by Google, Sling Media is getting in on the action. According to this blog post, the Slingplayer app for Android smartphones now has Chromecasting capability. Though the latest update for the app itself was way back in July, Chromecast support is often enabled via a server-side switch, so it should be working now. Compatible Sling hardware includes the Slingbox M1, 350, 500, and SlingTV.
Apologies for the iPhone. I don't have a Slingbox, because I don't have cable.
If you're unfamiliar with Slingbox, it's a little gadget that you attach to a cable box so you can record television and re-broadcast it to your computer or mobile device over the Internet. Read More
Android users tend to balk at apps that cost more than $5 or so, but in this case it might be worth shelling out, at least if you're a SlingBox owner. The mobile client for the popular media streaming gadget has been given a temporary price cut: a whole 50% off! ...which sounds a lot better than $14.99, half its normal price of $30. On top of that, there are separate versions of the app for smartphones and tablets. The smartphone version should work on any device (tablets included) running Froyo or later, while the tablet app is only for Honeycomb and above. Read More
You can tell Android’s definitely starting to gain momentum as more and more developers are now bringing their popular applications over to the platform. Slingbox have been working on an Android app for a while, and they’ve just posted a video preview over on their Facebook page.
If you’re not familiar with a Slingbox, it’s a device that integrates with your home media center, and allows you to stream and control content from your DVR, TV, or digital cable box to software that runs on a PC or mobile device. Their device doesn’t just stream the actual media though – when using their software, you actually use it just as you would your normal DVR – program guide, DVR menu, all of that can be controlled from the app, giving your full TV experience on the go. Read More