Jun 22 AT 6:14 AM Anthony Domanico 25 Comments

SlingPlayer Mobile for Android launches on the Android Market

Are you an Android enthusiast who also happens to own a Slingbox? Well, tonight we have some wonderful news for you folks, as the greatly anticipated SlingPlayer Mobile for Android is currently available on the Android Market (though it will set you back a cool $30).

For those of you unfamiliar with SlingPlayer, it is a service that hooks up to your existing TV service and essentially acts as a fancy DVR system that allows you to view and manage your content from wherever you happen to be at the time. What’s great about SlingPlayer is it not only lets you watch pre-recorded events, but also live events. Not only that, but it allows you to manage your programming, set your DVR, and all that great stuff right from your phone or laptop. On the road on business, but really want to watch the ballgame and set up 24 to record? Slingplayer allows you to both watch the game from your Android phone (3G, 4G, or WiFi) and sets your DVR to record tonight’s episode of 24. Pretty nifty, eh?

This level of service does come with a price, however, as the Android application will set you back a pretty $30. If you’re just learning of SlingPlayer, and want to start up the service, the SlingBox (REQUIRED!) will set you back anywhere from $75 (used) to $275 (top of the line). On the bright side, this does appear to be a one-time cost, as no monthly service fee is indicated on SlingBox’s website. So if you’ve been exploring DVR and can’t make up your mind, or simply want some new cool toy to play with and have $105-$305 laying around, you might want to give SlingPlayer a second look.

Already using the Slingbox Android App? Tell us what you think of it in the comments.

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  • http://Website Alan

    It’s a great app for a cool device – just to confirm, definitely no monthly fees! (I first got a Slingbox in about 2006)

  • http://Website Daniel

    HELP! I’m running 2.2 (FRF50) and Slingplayer is not showing up in the market, just like a ton of other apps. Is there any other way to purchase and download Slingplayer?

    • http://Website Xallies

      Yeah check xda.developers.com they should have an easy hack to tthe market place to thinK your running 2.1

  • http://Website Daniel

    Sweeeeeet, nevermind! I found a fix for the missing market apps. Should have search first.

  • http://Website LostMyNutsToMeWife

    Am i the only one that think 30 dollars to watch TV on your phone is a rip-off??? Isn’t the app for the laptop free? O_o???

  • I have flying monkeys

    I hear this app is awesome….looks like I’ll be making a trip to best buy for a slingbox. Does anyone know how well it works over 2g/3g? I’m sure wifi is best, but for me, it’s not always available.

    • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

      I’m pretty sure it will only work over 3G/4G or Wifi. Streaming TV is probably a bit much for Edge to handle.

  • http://Website Thorpeland

    My biggest question is video quality. Especially at 3G speeds. How is it? $30 is already too steep for this app. But to spend that, then be only able to watch a garbled mess wouldn’t be cool.

    • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

      I’d absolutely love to do a full review on this app, but something tells me saying “Hey Taylor, can I have $150 for a Slingbox and the SlingPlayer app” wouldn’t fly. I’ll try it and let you know how it goes ;)

    • http://Website Alan Robertson

      I find it pretty good, but remember the beauty of the Android Market over the iTunes App Store is that you get to try paid-for apps out for 24h – if you don’t find it any good then just return it for a refund :-)

  • http://Website Michael

    I’m running Froyo on non-rooted Nexus One and cannot find the app in the Market.

  • http://Website Haggie

    Orb = FREE

    • http://Website Scuff

      But doesn’t Orb require a PC that needs to be on whenever you want to watch remotely? Slingbox is a more polished consumer product. Mine is tucked in nice and neat amongst my home theater setup.

  • http://Website Paul

    I’ve been using Slingbox since 2004 and works great on your computer, and phone. I’ve had it for Palm , WM and I will be downloading for ANdroid shortly. The bad thing is you use to be able to test it or carry your license over to your new device. Now you can’t, but I guess that it dishnetwork for you. They own sling box.

  • http://Website jusblase02

    not showing up in the market i’m running froyo FF72

    • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

      This will only work for devices that think they’re 2.1 devices it seems.

  • mikedminor

    AWE—-SOME! I downloaded the app last night, set it up and used it all day today! Even tested it in the car (on 3G) driving home from the office!

    Now I definitely do not miss the FLOTV! (that I paid for monthly) and I can cancel that “lovely,” V Cast “clips” monthly subscription!

    Hey, I just really realized that this is actually saving me some money, albeit, over the long run! (Bonus)

    Over the home WiFi I can now watch my Live and recorded TV shows and movies (in scaled down Hi-Def) all throughout the house!

    It would be a nice to have, if the Android Notification bar could be made optionally accessible when watching the video. Then I could see/check my battery life without pausing or stopping the video stream.

    Also, I do wonder if the video feed, via SlingBox, that you are watching over the Internet, is being first streamed to the Slingbox servers stored and then streamed to your mobile device! And if so, what exactly happens behind that curtain at SlingBox?…hmmmm.

    “The Truth is Out There!” :P

    • http://Website Alan Robertson

      Hi Mike – just press the Menu button when streaming and you’ll find the notification bar appears at the top of the screen, along with battery status, time and network reception :-)

  • http://Website craig schnarrs

    my wife has a droid and i have a droid, if we both want slingbox on our phone ( we have a family plan and share minutes)

    my question is , is it 30 dollars per phone? or per account ( both phones)

    thanks

    • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

      $30 per application (per phone). So it would be 60 bucks for the two of you.

  • http://Website Reed

    Using on HTC Incredible/Verizon. Seems to work best with WiFi. 3G pretty spotty. From my short time with it I think watching a movie, or even the news would be difficult. It breaks up quite a bit. At my desk here the phone tells me I have 3 to 4 bars for reception.
    Regards

  • http://Website Gonzo Greg

    I purchased the Slingplayer App to my Motorola Droid running JRummy’s Remix v0.7 Cyanmod 5.0.6.2 Build ESE81 Firmware Version 2.1-update 1 (rooted). After the install was complete I clicked on the slingplayer icon in my app drawer and the screen goes black for a quick second, then returns to the home page. Can anyone help me??? (BTW Installed the app on my wifes Droid ‘Bone stock 2.1-update 1, and it works GREAT!) If anyone can help me out or give me some ideas I’d appreciate it. I know there are people running Slingplayer on Rooted droids, and I would have to have to unroot my phone, but I gotta have Slingplayer so I can watch my proHD

  • http://Website becky valdivia

    is the $30 monthly or is this a one time fee ?

    • http://Website Alan Robertson

      One time fee :-)