Slingbox Support For Apple TV Coming

Apr 11th, 2007 | By | Category: Digital Video Downloads, Internet TV, iPods & Portable Media Players, Video

Apple TVSlingbox’s Dave Zatz has confirmed that Slingbox is working on support for Apple TV. This offers the possibility of using Apple TV content on thousands of devices, anywhere you’ve got an Internet connection:

Several people have gotten in touch regarding yesterday’s CNET blog post:

Apple TV does not stream over the Internet or across a cellular phone network, but the SlingBox does. And Sling Media, the maker of the SlingBox, confirmed to CNET on Monday that the company is working on making the Slingbox compatible with Apple TV. The most likely–and compelling–scenario would be to allow the streaming of Apple TV content to a mobile device.

Yes, I can confirm this is accurate. (I work for Sling Media.) The Slingbox currently supports over 3,000 AV devices (cable boxes, DVRs, DVD players, etc) via IR and we’ve got many more in the pipeline. For Apple TV, you’d use the component pass-thru on a Slingbox Pro with HD Connect to remotely view, or listen, to your content. Our SlingPlayer software (computer and mobile) offers an audio-only mode, so we’re not just talking iTV video here… Select an iTunes playlist, switch to audio-only if you’d like (reducing bandwidth), and listen to your music anywhere you’ve got Internet. I don’t have anything to say on availability other than we’re currently in testing and it is coming…

The announcement confirms that Apple TV is becoming a hot new platform for hacking and development, with hackers installing larger hard drives, turning the device into a Macintosh, adding support for more file formats and more.

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  1. Martin says:

    I hadn’t even thought about using the Slingbox with AppleTV. That is an incredible idea — very, very exciting.

    The Apple TV was a big step forward for “over the top” distribution (to borrow Shelly Palmer’s term). Adding Slingbox on top of that already-exciting development is enough to make me ….well, grab my credit card.

    – Martin

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