Here at Sling, you know we’re all about placeshifting. Letting you watch your home TV on any device anywhere is what we do. Of course we still do that, but as of today, we’re improving your home viewing as well. We’re excited to announce SlingTV — our first product that focuses just as much on the living room experience as the mobile one.
So what does SlingTV do? First of all, it gives you access to your cable or satellite programming, live or recorded, in up to HD quality, anywhere in the world with a network connection. But you knew that already. What it also does is turn your big screen at home into a “Smarter TV” that lets you navigate through a vibrant programming Gallery, similar in appearance to what we’ve deployed on Slingplayer for iPad. The Gallery view provides recommendations based on SlingCloud (our proprietary analytics platform that takes into account popularity, reviews and social activity), and lets you filter your favorite channels and types of shows, displays Rotten Tomatoes ratings next to movies, displays an on-screen sports scoreboard and channel guide for professional and college sports, provides detailed real-time stats for fantasy sports owners, and more.
SlingTV replaces the Slingbox 500, but if already have a 500, don’t worry — the SlingTV software upgrade is currently being rolled out for FREE (in marketing we love to capitalize that word so you don’t miss it) and Slingbox 500 and SlingTV is the same hardware. If you haven’t received it yet, you will by next week. New SlingTV purchasers will receive the SlingTV experience automatically upon initial setup.
One quick hardware note — in order to access the SlingTV features, you have to have your set-top box connected to the SlingTV or Slingbox 500 with both HDMI and component (red/green/blue) cables, and your SlingTV connected to your TV via HDMI.
We hope you enjoy SlingTV as much as we think you will!