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  • SlingBox's SlingPlayer submitted to AppStore


    Back at MacWorld, we chatted with the guys over at SlingMedia about their upcoming plans for an iPhone release of their SlingPlayer.

    They've just announced they've submitted the app to the AppStore, and we're all now just waiting for approval. We've learned by now that Apple's approval process is about as predictable as the next episode of LOST, but here's hoping the app will be approved within the week or so.

    I know I've been excited about shredding through some 3G network to catch up on 24 while I'm away from home.

    For those of you who don't know - SlingMedia retails the SlingBox, a device which lets you watch your DVR and cable TV from any browser on supported platforms (including OS X and Windows, sure) and many smart phones as well.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: SlingBox's SlingPlayer submitted to AppStore started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 141 Comments
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      Quote Originally Posted by GenNove View Post
      Ok i been holding off buying a slingbox. If this gets approved slingmedia you have a new customer.
      Same. I don't need to watch TV online, but I'd love to watch it on my phone. So it's pointless the buy the box before the app is out because I have a feeling Apple won't approve the app. I really hope I'm wrong, though.

      But as soon as that app is in the App Store, I'm going to buy it immediately, just in case Apple decides to remove it later like they did with NetShare. :/
    1. BenzoHartt's Avatar
      BenzoHartt -
      I'm new to slingbox. How exactly does it work? Someone give me the play by play.
    1. soulthoughts's Avatar
      soulthoughts -
      Forgive my noobness but how is this any better than Orb?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Sling takes your TV input or DVD or any other input you can view on your TV and broadcasts it.

      Orb, I believe just allows you to view media on your computer.
    1. bwaines's Avatar
      bwaines -
      The slingbox is great and I am really hoping for a fast approval of this app. It looks like they are finally getting things on the iPhone right with the new 3.0 coming out but I can tell you if the sling app gets rejected and you cant get it by jailbreaking either I will be looking to go back to a windows mobile phone.
    1. reeko's Avatar
      reeko -
      With the slingbox and the slingplayer on your mac/pc/iphone , by pressing '123' on your keyboard, it transmites that to your slingbox at home, which sends that command to your skybox via infared (as if you where at home using your remote)

      You can change to any channel that you could at home, can even turn your skybox on / off, record things with sky+, watch recorded things - its great.

      The biggest flaw is, when on the home network the quality + speed of connection is great.

      When connecting remotely, you are limited by the upload speed of the network the slingbox is connected to. My 2 networks are both limited to 250kb ul speeds each, and because of my lame *** area i cant upgrade yet.

      This means even if you are connecting from somewhere with a 10000000000mbs download speed, you will only be able to stream at a maximum of 250kbs

      The biggest limitation of the slingbox is ISP's upload speeds.

      This is bad when watching on your mac/pc because the picture is only really watchable if you scale it down very small, it becomes extremely pixalated at full screen.

      The iPhone is possibly the most perfect device to use this with. The cropped size would make for perfect viewing on the iPhone.

      Also, side note, if anyone here is from the USA and is interested in UK sky (at 250kbs upload ) then i would be interested in a slingswap ...?
    1. Musad's Avatar
      Musad -
      I seen them demo this on DishNetworks tech talk and it looked amazing..
      Future DishNetwork receivers will have the slingbox feature included, most likely for a fee.
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      Quote Originally Posted by JazJon View Post
      Can I hookup a SlingBox to a Windows Vista Media center? I used to be able to use Orb with iPhone OrbCast. Recently Microsoft changed the media center recording format from .DVR-MS to .WTV and we can no long stream or play recordings on another computer/device. (so orb doesnt work any more!)

      I'm hoping maybe SlingBox can? If so I'll buy one once the iPhone app is out !
      yes !
      SlingBox Vista Media Center & new iPhone app?: Sling Community
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      I just now spoke with an individual at Sling. They informed me that today they received an email from Apple indicating approval, and that the app should appear in the AppStore within a matter of days.
    1. bschucher's Avatar
      bschucher -
      Awesome.. I love my slingbox!
    1. maconsultant's Avatar
      maconsultant -
      what i want to know is that if you own the symbian or wm version do you still have to buy another license...? the fact that you have to buy the app may answer my question but id like to get an official word.
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      I am pretty sure that you will have to buy the app. Every other app that I have had the equivalent for my previous WMobile device necessitated a re-purchase. My understanding is that this is because of the distribution through Apple's AppStore, rather then the company's ability to sell the app on it's own, as is the case with apps for WMobile.

      That being said, I will be more than happy to purchase this app for my iPhone. And, I suspect there are thousands of other people who share the same sentiment.
    1. maconsultant's Avatar
      maconsultant -
      i will as well as i have already purchased a prohd box months ago..
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      My Slingbox Pro HD (ordered, on the way)

      After lots of research and helpful suggestions I found the best way to hookup slingbox to a media center windows vista box is to use a Media Center extender. (extenders are on sale for 95 bucks at newegg) This way I can leave my main media center computer to output in hdmi 1080p and I'll set the media center extender to 1080i component (maximum res the sling box will accept as an input)

      The Green Button - Slingbox HD with Vista Media Center and new slingbox iPhone app!

      I'm excited to have full slingbox access via iphone. This app is what got me interested enough to make this all come together next week.

      Quote Originally Posted by tsatryan View Post
      I just now spoke with an individual at Sling. They informed me that today they received an email from Apple indicating approval, and that the app should appear in the AppStore within a matter of days.
      Perfect ! My iPhone just keeps getting better and better
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      Quote Originally Posted by tsatryan View Post
      I just now spoke with an individual at Sling. They informed me that today they received an email from Apple indicating approval, and that the app should appear in the AppStore within a matter of days.
      I really hope so. I know as soon as I see the app, I'm buying it before it can be removed.
    1. maconsultant's Avatar
      maconsultant -
      Funny i am on the list to be notified by Sling about any changes or updates to the slingplayer mobile app for iphone.. they havent even emailed anyone letting them know the app was sent in to apple for review and that it has been accepted or approved.. Lets see if they even send out emails letting us know that it released..

      next on the list and more importantly should be to get parity between the windows version 2 slingplayer and the old neglected mac version 1 slingplayer
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      Quote Originally Posted by maconsultant View Post
      Funny i am on the list to be notified by Sling about any changes or updates to the slingplayer mobile app for iphone.. they havent even emailed anyone letting them know the app was sent in to apple for review and that it has been accepted or approved.. Lets see if they even send out emails letting us know that it released..
      I wouldn't expect any email notification from them until the application is actually released. To expect more than that isn't realistic. And - I am also sure that you will find out that the app is released right here far earlier than when you receive their email!

      Quote Originally Posted by maconsultant View Post
      next on the list and more importantly should be to get parity between the windows version 2 slingplayer and the old neglected mac version 1 slingplayer
      Agreed on that. The windows version if far superior to the current Mac version - although the current Mac version is far better than the previous Mac version.

      It seems to be Slings "method of operation" of dealing exclusively with one software version at a time, releasing it, and then moving on to the next platform. It seemed as though they announced the move of the BB version from beta to officially released 1.0, and then within moments of that, announced that they had submitted the iPhone version to Apple. So, if that pattern continues, I would expect to see the completion of the iPhone platform before any move to another version for the Mac.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      should be on monday
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      should be on monday
      No, no no!
      It SHOULD be today.

      But is more likely to be on Monday