May 05 AT 11:28 PM Sean Riley 21 Comments

SlingPlayer reaches private beta phase for Android

No huge surprise here as the folks from Sling Media were touting a summer launch of SlingPlayer Mobile for Android when we caught up with them at the gdgt live event in Austin, but according to information received by Phandroid earlier today the app is entering private beta right now.

The text of the email suggests that they are trying to fly under the radar with this one, but obviously that was an exercise in futility.

Hi ,

The wait is finally over! A new private beta is available for the SlingPlayer Mobile for Android. Since your beta profile is a good match for testing, you have the opportunity to join the new beta program.

Please note this is a special invitation so do not share this email or the below URL with anyone else. Also, do not mention you received an invitation, that the beta is starting, or anything that’s related. Due to the overwhelming demand for this program, we’d like to keep things as quiet as possible. Just think of it as a secret club! ;) SlingPlayer Mobile for Android Beta Invite

Sling’s ability to basically serve up all the services from your home system is certainly unique and I was a big fan and user on my old HTC Touch, but it will be interesting to see if the need to purchase separate hardware will prove too much of a deterrent for potential users considering all the streaming competition coming to Android this year.

Via: Phandroid

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 4 years and covering mobile for the last 5. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • http://Website Mike

    Awesome!! Cant wait to be able to use my Slingbox again on my phone.

  • http://Website jr.

    Question. The video he said something about a dish network box.. do you have to have dish or will it work wth comcast or fois?

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      They just happened to be running off Dish Network there, it can run using any cable/satellite/dvr box and some of the earlier versions can take just a standard cable cord as well.

      I run one through my U-Verse box personally.

  • http://Website Androidboi

    Forget sling Hulu now working with the skyfire browser latest update.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Depending on your cable subscription Sling offers vastly more content than Hulu though and particularly with the tablet devices that are coming consumption is probably going to skyrocket.

      Not saying I don’t love Hulu, but I relish having so many options available.

      • http://Website Matt

        And let’s not forget that if you are one of the growing population which owns a DVR, you have access to that over Sling too. I <3 my Slingbox and even though I've never PURCHASED an app on Android, that would be a must-buy for me…

        • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

          Sorry, I’ve had my DVR built into my cable box for too long now so I think of them as the same device, but absolutely if you have a standalone DVR it works great for them as well.

  • http://Website Matt

    So who has been getting these e-mails? Did you need to fill anything out, or change anything in a profile? Because I have an Android phone. And I have a Slingbox. Obviously since it’s a private beta I’m not expecting EVERYONE to get an invite (read: expecting an invite for me) but I’m just curious if there was some flag, or profile thing, that made people eligible, or what…

    Either way, I’m really excited for this. Any word on pricing for Android? (Isn’t it ~$30 for iPhone?) Sorry if it’s in the video, can’t watch while at work…

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      I’m not sure how they selected individuals for the beta test, they may have sent out a demographics email some months back to establish who fit the criteria, but that’s just a guess.

      Regarding the pricing, they haven’t said specifically to my knowledge, but SlingPlayer Mobile is $30 across the board on other devices so I wouldn’t bet on it being any different for Android.

  • http://Website Rev

    Too bad owners of older slingboxes (like me, snif) are left out in the cold: only the newer slingboxes will work with the mobile client :-(

    I like Sling, but there’s no way I’m buying a Slingbox again just to be able to view it on my N1.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      I doubt you will be alone in feeling that way; I think they would be wise to offer a special which at the very least gives you the SlingPlayer Mobile app for free when you buy new hardware to bring the total cost of ownership down. Current pricing for the hardware would mean a $200-$300+ dollar purchase (at retail anyway) for the full package and that is going to be a tough sell for all but the most hardcore Sling fans.

  • prototrap

    nice.

  • http://Website RIchie

    Thanks to whoever leaked this info i am part of the beta program however had not received my invite yet. what i did receive was a letter stating that due to the leak they will not be leeting anymore of us in on it. so thank you for ruining it for all of us.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Sorry you got cheated out of your beta, but it sounds like Sling is being a little irrational. They are way too big to completely escape notice and trying to be secretive about an app that you have both shown publicly and announced a release schedule for borders on just plain crazy.

  • http://Website MaxOmus

    Hmm, really now… so they were actually niave enough to think they could keep this quite… they should of kept it internal for the time being… what a bunch chumps…

  • http://Website ben

    I agree. They’re nuts to think they could keep that secret.

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