Sling Media, makers of the SlingBox, today announces the availability of the SlingPlayer app for the Kindle Fire. What is the SlingBox? It is a device that works with all of your various set-top boxes to:
allow folks to watch their TV from wherever they are with their PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone. And now, with SlingPlayer for Kindle Fire, they can bring their living room TV experience to their Kindle Fire tablets.
The SlingPlayer software is already available for Apple iPhone and iPad devices, Android Phones, Android Tablets as well as for the Blackberry, Windows Phone and other devices. We have written about the SlingPlayer apps for Android, iOS and Blackberry in the past, and in general the SlingBox remains a cornerstone of the home entertainment system for many.
Here are the details from the Amazon Appstore for Android:
Watch your home TV and DVR from anywhere on your Kindle Fire. When connected over 3G/4G or Wi-Fi to a Slingbox SOLO or PRO-HD (Slingboxes sold separately), the award-winning SlingPlayer app will play anything you can watch on your TV at home on your Kindle Fire. Now you can change channels, control your DVR, and watch your favorite live and recorded shows right on your Kindle Fire.
Extend your living room TV experience to your Kindle Fire with a SlingPlayer app. If you like TV, it’s hard not to smile when you take control of your TV and DVR right from your Kindle Fire. Flip through your local channels with the virtual remote control. Pause, fast-forward, rewind, and even schedule DVR recordings. Watch video on demand and even pay-per-view programs.
SlingPlayer for Kindle Fire may work on certain Slingboxes prior to SOLO and PRO-HD, in certain configurations. Technical support is not available for such usage. If you own a prior-generation Slingbox, you may be eligible to receive an upgrade discount on a supported model. Please visit Slingbox’s website for more details.
The software costs $29.99 (in addition to already having a SlingBox or SlingBox Solo), which is the same cost as all other versions, and is available now.
I got the chance to give the software a quick preview on my Kindle Fire. I found that the app loaded up quickly, and after logging into the test service Sling Media set up, I was able to easily change channels and watch TV programs with solid clarity and resolution. I have found the performance of the Kindle Fire on streaming video quite satisfactory since the first OS update back in late November, and I had no hiccups or other issues here. Of course you are still dealing with the lack of hardware volume controls – but that is inherent to the Fire. If you are already invested in a SlingBox and have a Kindle Fire, this is definitely worth checking out!
You can get more details on SlingPlayer or any of the Sling Media products at their website.
Head to the Amazon Appstore for Android and grab SlingPlayer now!