Following its own SlingCatcher, which faded away pretty soon after launch, and support for Google TV, which both brought a Slingbox streamed TV signal on a second TV screen, Sling Media today unveiled a new version of SlingPlayer Mobile for Android and iPhone, which is now available as part of the Roku channel introduction. With this new SlingPlayer Mobile app, Slingbox customers will be able to watch their live or recorded TV through a Roku streaming player connected to a TV in another room in the house or in a remote location. Customers will be able to either use the SlingPlayer Mobile Android or iPhone app to initiate the video and send it to the TV with a tap of a button.
To placeshift a TV signal to a Roku box, users will also need to install the free SlingPlayer channel, now available in the Roku Channel Store. Models supported at launch include Roku 3, Roku 2 XS and Roku 2 XD as well as the Roku Streaming Stick with support for Roku 2, Roku 1 and Roku LT models in the next week.
- Sling to a Big Screen - Use Slingbox to send your TV to another TV via a Roku player. Use cases would include households with a second TV in the home (bedroom, basement, office, back porch etc.), in vacation homes or in college dorm rooms.
- Smartphone Remote Control - The authentication and navigation of live and recorded TV played via Roku is all done via the SlingPlayer client on iPhone or Android phone. Customers must be on the same network as their Roku and once video is initiated on the phone they can "send" to the TV with a single tap. Changing channels, accessing the guide or DVR, etc. is all done via the phone commands.
- Value - The SlingPlayer channel on Roku adds value to existing cable/satellite subscriptions, bringing live TV to additional TVs inside a home or in remote locations that have may have broadband, but not a cable/satellite/telco service.
But even non-Roku Android users benefit from the latest Android update since it comes with a slightly overhauled user interface.
Furthermore Sling Media might finally made the impossible possible since the placeshift specialists also announced the upcoming release of a SlingPlayer for Windows 8.1. So far, there was no dedicated Windows 8.1 version, especially not for Windows RT but Sling Media unveiled it's developing an app for Windows 8.1 customers who own a Slingbox. This new app is said to deliver an enhanced SlingPlayer experience across Windows 8.1 devices including Microsoft Surface, desktop PCs, laptops and convertible devices. Sling Media expects the Windows 8.1 app to be available in December.
UPDATE: Since the above press release only mentioned Windows 8.1, we've asked Sling Media about Windows RT support and guess what, in a statement to the::unwired, Sling Media confirmed that the Windows 8.1 app will definitely also support Windows RT!
Cheers ~ Arne