All Slingbox units will cease working in two years

By | November 10, 2020

Again earlier than nearly each main TV community constructed a streaming app of their very own, watching reside TV in your smartphone was difficult.

One of many first comparatively easy choices was the Slingbox. You’d set it up between your cable field and your TV, plug it into your community, and bam: you’re streaming reside TV, out of your TV, wherever you could be. You can even management it as when you had been really there, due to a spiderweb of IR transmitters you’d wire up in your leisure heart to behave as your extra-remote distant management.

Within the mid-2000s, it appeared like magic. In 2020… it’s not fairly as broadly helpful. Because of this, the corporate behind the Slingbox has introduced that every one Slingbox merchandise are actually discontinued, and can change into much less and fewer practical main as much as a full shutdown two years from at this time.

Writes the corporate in an announcement FAQ:

Slingbox servers might be completely taken offline 24 months after the discontinued announcement date (November 9, 2020), at which level ALL Slingbox units and providers will change into inoperable.

Till then, most Slingbox fashions will proceed to work usually, however the variety of supported units for viewing will steadily lower as variations of the SlingPlayer apps change into outdated and/or lose compatibility.

As for anybody who needs to maintain utilizing their Slingbox till the servers are shuttered? That’s a bit trickier.

The corporate says that (for now) they’ll proceed to supply the required SlingPlayer app for iPhones, iPads, older variations of macOS, Home windows and Amazon Hearth TV and tablets — however don’t anticipate any updates, and even these apps might vanish immediately. The free Android app appears to nonetheless be accessible, whereas the paid model is gone, as are the Roku and Home windows Cellphone (RIP) apps.

After all, the writing has been on the wall right here for years now. Slingbox was acquired by EchoStar for $380 million in 2007; by 2017, they’d stopped manufacturing new {hardware} and had been largely specializing in integrating the know-how straight into Dish Community packing containers. Hell, they haven’t even tweeted in almost two years. In case you’ve nonetheless received a Slingbox setup that appears to be working, you’ve received rather less than two years (max) to determine one thing else.

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