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Sling making SlingPlayer for iPad, Windows Phone 7

updated 08:20 am EDT, Tue March 30, 2010

Sling plans larger-res video for Apple tablet

SlingPlayer marketing manager Dave Eyler today confirmed that his company is working on a version of SlingPlayer for the iPad. The app should be a visible upgrade from the iPhone version as it will carry higher-resolution streaming from a TV-attached Slingbox. Any other changes weren't mentioned, but Eyler told ZNF that the finished version wouldn't be ready for the Saturday iPad launch.

He also hinted at plans for other platforms. The in-development Android version will require a break away from the usual WMV, and the company is "actively moving" towards the more universal H.264 for the actual codec. That will require newer-generation Slingboxes like the Solo or Pro-HD that can handle the demand, Eyler said. While unstated, it should also ease streaming to Apple devices as it won't require any special effort to display video.

A Windows Phone 7 version is in development and will use the Microsoft platform's built-in Silverlight as a wrapper for the video. No timetable or any WP7-specific features were revealed in the early tease.

by MacNN Staff



  1. ebeyer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What of..?

    What of the slingplayer for iPhone I'll be importing into my iPad? Will that not work or will it simply lack features offered by the iPad version?


  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mac Version @#$%^&*

    I'd be happy if I could get the Mac version working with Snow Leopard. Haven't tried it with yesterday's update, but SlingPlayer stopped working when 10.6.2 came out. And Sling wants $50 to tell me how to fix it.

    Sure...check's in the mail, buddy.

  1. MikeD

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mac Version OKay

    For mac, you just need to go to and go to the player. If you configured that mac and routers correctly, it should stream. It will even tell you if you're local or not. I can stream from my mbp away from home using my Clear 4G card.

    Now, this will be another $30-$50 iPad app right?! So if you've already paid for the iPhone one, this will be just as much...

  1. mados123

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPad decoding of h.264

    Will the iPad be able to decode the Sling ProHD's output in its highest settings?

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm well aware of the procedure

    I know how to set the things up. Works great on Windows, but went to h*** when 10.6.2 came out, and Sling wants $49 to tell me how to fix it. s**** 'em.

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