We're fans of any application that makes our lives, in some way or another, easier. And, as we showed you not too long ago with our hands-on time with Sling Media's SlingPlayer Mobile application for Android, we'd say that the app does indeed fit into that little corner of our tech necessities. Then again, that may just mean we watch TV too much. Either way, we're happy to announce that, beginning June 22nd, you'll be able to get in on the goodness for yourself.
Thanks to Sling Media's constant push for public release, we can finally say that there's going to be a time where everyone (if you're in a supported Market, that is) can start Slinging their media every which direction. Here's what you'll need: The SlingPlayer Mobile application (which is going to cost $29.99 when it become available tomorrow), either a SlingBox SOLO, PRO, or PRO-HD, and connectivity via your wireless carrier's network (3G and 4G supported), or a WiFi signal. If you've got all that, then you can start enjoying all the greatness that is SlingPlayer Mobile.
If you need any more information about SlingPlayer, check out the press release below. Or, you could watch the embedded video from our hands-on time with SlingPlayer Mobile. We think you should do both, but we know how visual you are, so enjoy the video. Oh, and the pictures. Those are always good, too.
Sling Media Launches SlingPlayer Mobile for Android Smartphones
Application now delivers your home TV experience to Android phones anywhere you have mobile phone access
Foster City, Calif., – June 22, 2010 – Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), announced today the availability of its SlingPlayer Mobile™ application for Android™ Smartphones. The all new application gives Android phone users easy access to their home TV experience anywhere they have mobile phone or Wi-Fi internet access. Now anyone with an Android phone never has to miss a favorite TV show when they’re away from home.
“We’re committed to the Android platform, and users of our new and improved SlingPlayer Mobile application will experience one of the most complete mobile television experiences available today,” said John Gilmore, Sling Media Senior Vice President and General Manager. “Now the full spectrum of viewing, including local channels and sports teams, video on demand, pay per view and even control of their home DVR, is available to the growing number of people moving to Android.”
How it Works
When in your mobile phone provider’s area of 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi coverage and connected to a Slingbox® SOLO, PRO or PRO-HD, SlingPlayer Mobile makes it simple to watch and control your living room television at any time from any location. Watch live and recorded TV and schedule recordings of new programs from any Android Smartphone.
SlingPlayer Mobile for Android features faster startup and control response times, and it works among a variety of Android-based mobile phones in the market today. It also has a new user interface that gives quick-touch access to the most critical remote controls and recently viewed channels.
Current Pricing and Availability
SlingPlayer Mobile Android is available now for download for $29.99* in the Android Market in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States.
*Price is in U.S. dollars. U.S. dollar to local currency exchange will be carried out at purchase via the customer’s bank or credit card provider. Pricing and availability subject to local laws.
Visit http://www.slingbox.com/go/android for more information.
About Sling Media, Inc.
Sling Media, Inc., an affiliate of EchoStar Technologies L.L.C., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), is the leading provider of video placeshifting products and services for consumers and television service providers. Sling Media's product family includes the internationally acclaimed, Emmy award-winning Slingbox™ that allows consumers to watch and control their living room television shows at any time, from any location, using internet-connected PCs, Macs, PDAs and smartphones. For more information, visit www.slingmedia.com.