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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. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      If we're gonna be THAT way about it... it SHOULD have been a year and a half ago! :P
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      No! It should have been 10 years ago!
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      No! It should have been 10 years ago!
      Ummm... rather difficult since neither the SlingBox nor the iPhone existed at that time.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      They should have done though!
    1. hoits2000's Avatar
      hoits2000 -
      I think the best bet would be Tuesday so they can add it to the featured page since it will most likely be 19.99 or 29.99.


      I think a better bet would be since this will be the best thing since the invention of the iPhone, I wouldn't be surprised if Apple wanted to hold on to this one until somewhere around June. But maybe not.
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      All of my SlingBoxes had updates to their firmware available today. Don't know if this has anything to do with this or not... just find it very interesting.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      mine too
    1. maconsultant's Avatar
      maconsultant -
      whats the firmware you are running i have not seen a new firmware.. i think the current one is 1.2.100

      what firmware are you running..?
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      what model do you have?
    1. maconsultant's Avatar
      maconsultant -
      prohd

      i had to use vmware in order to even see the update was available and install the update.. as the mac support kinda sucks @ sling.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I know
    1. dennis.518's Avatar
      dennis.518 -
      tuesday now, no news at all
    1. fluffer's Avatar
      fluffer -
      sorry to be a little off topic, but i want a bit of info.

      i am looking at getting a slingbox but the reviews are hardly glowing.

      talk of bad picture quality and connection problems are putting me off.

      i live in the uk with a very good internet connection but hear that if your internet connection outside the location of the slingbox is not very good, the quality is awful.

      anyone have similar probs, or is just down to which slingbox you use?

      i don't want to shell out for a slingbox, internet bridge and a the app if it's a shoddy deal.
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      Quote Originally Posted by dennis.518 View Post
      tuesday now, no news at all
      As the saying goes, "A watched pot never boils..."

      Quote Originally Posted by fluffer View Post
      sorry to be a little off topic, but i want a bit of info.

      i am looking at getting a slingbox but the reviews are hardly glowing.

      talk of bad picture quality and connection problems are putting me off.

      i live in the uk with a very good internet connection but hear that if your internet connection outside the location of the slingbox is not very good, the quality is awful.

      anyone have similar probs, or is just down to which slingbox you use?

      i don't want to shell out for a slingbox, internet bridge and a the app if it's a shoddy deal.
      I have three slingboxes. The quality of the video is superb. There are, of course, factors that determine how your video will look. First, how good is your source? If you are watching your own cable signal, if the signal is bad, the sling won't fix that. It will, in short, only be able to look as good as what you see if you are watching your tv at home. Secondly, your sling needs to transmit its stream. So, if your ISP upload speed is bad, or if where you are watching the download speed is bad, then your experience will be less than ideal. The buffering settings help that, but if your internet speed is really slow, viewing will be choppy.

      That being said, as an example, I was at a conference, away from home. A group of us guys wanted to watch an NFL Monday Night game. I hooked my Mac to my projector, and we watched the entire game on a ten foot screen, and it looked perfect. Many of the guys watching didn't even realize I was "slinging" until they noticed that some of the commercials were for my local city, not the one we were in.

      As another example, using my sling, we have been quite satisfied watching my Steelers rise to victory watching in Moscow, Russia; Berlin, Germany, and the Netherlands. Did have to watch in the middle of the night there, but was watching live with great signal!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by tsatryan View Post
      As the saying goes, "A watched pot never boils..."
      I watched a pot once and it boiled.....





    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      You then, my friend, have too much time on your hands.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by tsatryan View Post
      You then, my friend, have too much time on your hands.
      That's because I haven't been swanning off to Moscow, Russia; Berlin, Germany, and the Netherlands
    1. reeko's Avatar
      reeko -
      Quote Originally Posted by fluffer View Post
      sorry to be a little off topic, but i want a bit of info.

      i am looking at getting a slingbox but the reviews are hardly glowing.

      talk of bad picture quality and connection problems are putting me off.

      i live in the uk with a very good internet connection but hear that if your internet connection outside the location of the slingbox is not very good, the quality is awful.

      anyone have similar probs, or is just down to which slingbox you use?

      i don't want to shell out for a slingbox, internet bridge and a the app if it's a shoddy deal.

      I am also in the UK and have 2 networks in my house, and a slingbox on each network.

      To get a quality stream off the slingbox it takes between 2500kbs and 3500 kbs on average. Over your home network, this is fine, however - connecting remotely (away from your home network) is different

      The upload speed of each of my networks is 250kbs. Cable is not available in my area dn i have the best connection i could possibly have it just sucks.

      this means that when i connect to my slingbox from somewhere else, the maximum speed i can watch the slingbox at is 250kbs - that is with noone else on the same network uploading/downloading. I average around 125-200 kbs download speed on each when connecting remotely.

      The speed of the connection your connecting FROM only matters if it is LOWER than your upload speed of the network your slingbox is on.

      The quality i recieve on my macbook when connecting remotely is not very good, definetly not good enough to watch even close to full screen.

      However, with all that said, the picture looks pretty good when scaled down - to around the size of my iPhones screen. Therefore, i think that the slingbox would be worth investing in for the iPhone alone.

      If your looking at investing in one for now, and have lower than a 2mb upload speed, i would hold off for some reviews on the slingplayer app for the iPhone itself.
    1. fluffer's Avatar
      fluffer -
      thanks guys for the info.

      when i do a speedtest from my home connection i get approx 12 meg DL and 700 kbs UL.

      i cant really watch stuff on my phone. its just when i go abroad with my mbp to asia for premier league footy.

      i'm still a little confused.

      is my UL speed ok at home as long as i have a good DL connection abroad?
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      Your success in viewing will only be as fast as the "weakest link" so to speak. If your upload from your home is slow, or your download at wherever you are is slow, then your streaming will be slow. If your upload from your home is ALWAYS slow, then it won't matter where you are at - the stream will be bogged down at your home. If your upload speed is fast, then you will be able to stream fine, as long as your download is fast enough whereever you are at that moment. I hope this makes sense in "laymens terms"

      I should also add that the slingbox employs a method of compressing the signal out of the slingbox, and then decompressing the same signal with the slingplayer software that will provide better than expected streaming. There are times when I can't get other audio to stream well, but my sling will stream acceptably.