Top 10 most watched of the week (sports): NASCAR races into the top 10

Your 10 most watched programs of the week on Slingbox, sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most watched live sports:

1. NFL: Patriots vs. Colts
2. NFL: Steelers vs. Titans
3. CFB: Mississippi St. vs. Alabama
4. SportsCenter
5. Liga MX soccer
6. NFL: Eagles vs. Packers
7. CFB: Florida St. vs. Miami
8. NFL: Seahawks vs. Chiefs
9. NASCAR: Ford EcoBoost 400
10. NFL: Broncos vs. Rams

We always tell people that Slingbox is the best way how to watch sports live, and in the fall, that’s certainly represented by how many football games end up on the list. (As well as how consistently people who watch ESPN and SportsCenter show up on the list.) Every week there are tons of Slingbox users who watch the NFL live on their Android phones, watch the NFL live on their iPhones, watch the NFL live on their tablets and watch the NFL live on their laptops. The most popular game this week was the New England-Indianapolis throwdown which resulted in a 42-20 Patriots rout.

What else was notable about this week was the appearance of a sport that we haven’t had on the top 10 in recent memory: auto racing. Specifically, enough Slingbox users watched NASCAR’s Ford EcoBoost 400 to put it at No. 9 on our list. The race, which takes place at Homestead-Miami Speedway in South Florida, is the final date on the Sprint Cup Series calendar, and those who watched saw Kevin Harvick capture his first championship in NASCAR’s premiere circuit.

We’ll be back next week with another set of top 10s.

 

Top 10 most watched of the week (entertainment): Morning shows take the top two spots

Your 10 most watched programs of the week on Slingbox, non-sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most watched home entertainment:

  1. Today
  2. Good Morning America
  3. The Big Bang Theory
  4. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  5. SpongeBob SquarePants
  6. The Walking Dead
  7. The Voice
  8. Criminal Minds
  9. Fox and Friends
  10. Modern Family

If you use Slingbox to watch morning shows live online, you and your ilk are well-represented in this week’s edition of our top 10. For the first time in a long time, the top two slots are occupied by that kind of program. Fun fact: Did you know that Today, having been on the air continuously since 1952, is the fifth-longest-running show on American TV? The four that have run for longer are Hallmark Hall of Fame, Music and the Spoken Word (a syndicated radio/TV simulcast featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir), CBS Evening News, and Meet the Press (which has been on since 1947).

We’re also seeing SpongeBob SquarePants at its highest spot in a while. Slingbox is certainly a great way to watch kids’ shows on a phone, watch kids’ shows on a tablet, or watch kids’ shows on a computer. Of course you’re more than free to watch SpongeBob via Slingbox if you aren’t a kid, too. Lord knows I have.

We’ll be back with our sports top 10 tomorrow.

Slingbox M1 wins Fierce Innovation Award!

FIERCE-456The publishers of Fierce Wireless, Fierce Telecom and Fierce Cable give out the Fierce Innovation Awards, which honor the best technology solutions introduced in the previous year, annually. The winners of the Telecom edition of the Awards were announced on Wednesday and we’re very happy to announce that our Slingbox M1 was the winner in the “Set-Top Boxes & Related Devices” category!

This certainly isn’t the first award Slingbox has won — past highlights have included a Technology & Engineering Emmy, a Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Museum product design award, and Engadget’s “Home Entertainment Device of the Year” — but we’re ecstatic that the M1 is being recognized in this way. Thanks to the Fierce Innovation Awards for the honor!

Top 10 most watched of the week (sports): Back to utter football domination

Your 10 most watched programs of the week on Slingbox, sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most watched live sports:

  1. NFL: Bears vs. Packers
  2. NFL: Panthers vs. Eagles
  3. NFL: Browns vs. Bengals
  4. SportsCenter
  5. NFL: 49ers vs. Saints
  6. NFL: Giants vs. Seahawks
  7. CFB: Texas A&M vs. Auburn
  8. Liga MX soccer
  9. NFL: Cowboys vs. Jaguars
  10. CFB: Alabama vs. LSU

With baseball done for the year and basketball settling into a steady rhythm after the opening week excitement, we’re back to utter gridiron domination. So many people were watching football online via Slingbox that only one of our non-SportsCenter entrants on the list (Liga MX soccer) was something other than football. The most popular game of all this week saw Green Bay crush Chicago 55-14 in an NFC North showdown.

And it wasn’t just the NFL that Slingbox users were watching. Many were also watching college football live online on their tablets, phones and laptops to put two NCAA games on the list: Texas A&M’s 41-38 upset of Auburn, and Alabama’s 20-13 defeat of LSU. As the fight for a spot in the new College Football Playoff heats up, we expect plenty more Slingbox users to be watching college football on Roku, Chromecast, and Apple TV with Slingplayer.

We’ll be back next week with another set of top 10s.

Slingbox and VOXX partnership will bring Slingplayer to vehicles

Here at Slingbox, our mission has always been about providing the freedom to enjoy your home TV content anywhere in the world. Thanks to the partnership with VOXX International Corporation we announced today, soon we’ll be bringing your home TV directly into your car or truck.

VOXX’s wholly-owned subsidiary VOXXHirschmann, which specializes in automotive consumer electronics, will work with Sling Media to integrate Slingplayer into the EVO system of rear seat entertainment options. The EVO system will be available in a number of form factors, including customized headrest systems, seat back mounted displays or overhead flip down monitors.

So whether you have kids in your backseat who want to watch their shows while you drive to a vacation spot or friends who want to watch pregame coverage while you drive to a game, you’ll soon have the opportunity to make that happen — with the same technology you use to watch Slingplayer on a laptop, tablet, phone or second TV (via Chromecast, Roku or Apple TV). The Slingbox technology is expected to be integrated into the EVO system within 12-18 months.

Top 10 most watched of the week (entertainment): Midterm election coverage dominates

Your 10 most watched programs of the week on Slingbox, non-sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most watched home entertainment:

  1. America’s Election HQ
  2. Today
  3. The Big Bang Theory
  4. Good Morning America
  5. Fox and Friends
  6. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  7. SpongeBob SquarePants
  8. 48th CMA Awards
  9. The Walking Dead
  10. America’s Newsroom

We term our non-sports list “entertainment,” and while Tuesday’s midterm elections were certainly entertaining for one side of the aisle, the title might be a misnomer this week: Only four shows on this week’s top 10 were “shows” in the sense of being a scripted or reality series. Three news shows, two morning shows and an awards show made up the rest of the list.

We always promote Slingbox as the best way how to watch sports live, but this week, many of our customers were using Slingbox to watch a different kind of sport — the biennial election extravaganza in the U.S. in which the entire House of Representatives, one third of the Senate and a bevy of state governorships are up for grabs. This night ended in across-the-board victory for the Republican party, which might explain why all three of the news shows on the list made it there because of Slingbox users watching Fox News live.

With the CMA Awards, we also saw the first of what should be a busy live awards show season on Slingbox — anyone interested in watching the Golden Globes live online, or watching the Oscars live online, etc., is definitely going to want a Slingbox as the winter continues! We’ll be back with our sports top 10 tomorrow.

Top 10 most watched of the week (sports): Thanks to Game 7, baseball’s on top again

Your 10 most watched programs of the week on Slingbox, sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most watched live sports:

  1. MLB World Series: Giants vs. Royals
  2. NFL: Broncos vs. Patriots
  3. SportsCenter
  4. NFL: Colts vs. Giants
  5. NFL: Cardinals vs. Cowboys
  6. NFL: Ravens vs. Steelers
  7. NFL: Saints vs. Panthers
  8. Liga MX soccer
  9. CFB: Florida State vs. Louisville
  10. NBA: Knicks vs. Cavaliers

Game 7: It’s one of the most exciting phrases in sports, and with MLB’s World Series going the distance, enough people were watching baseball live to push the Fall Classic to the top for the second week in a row. It’s especially impressive since, unlike last week’s sample which captured five World Series games, this week’s consisted of only Games 6 and 7. Slingbox may let you watch local news anywhere, even internationally, but Giants fans probably didn’t need that this time as their team’s third championship in five years became worldwide news.

Of course, just because the No. 1 spot was occupied doesn’t mean football didn’t make its presence felt on the list, as it always does. Plenty of Slingbox users were still watching the NFL on laptops, watching the NFL on tablets and watching the NFL on phones. The most popular game of the week was the showdown in Foxborough between AFC powers Denver and New England, which ended in a 43-21 Patriots rout.

We also saw our first NBA action of the year on the list. Enough Slingbox users were watching basketball live online to propel the New York-Cleveland matchup, which was LeBron James’ first game back with the Cavaliers, onto the top 10. Unfortunately for Bron and Cleveland, the Knicks spoiled the homecoming by winning 95-90.

We’ll be back next week with another set of top 10s.