Unveiled at CES in January, EchoStar’s Slingbox client for Google TV is nearly ready for its closeup. And, I have to say, it’s probably the most exciting new development out of Sling since
we they were acquired.
Instead of relying on a large software package or proprietary browser plugin, the first “SlingPlayer for Connected Devices” rev is essentially a Flash-based website. Connect a Slingbox to your home entertainment gear and stream your content anywhere in the world you’ve got access to a web browser. Including that GoogleTV in the other room. Despite recent and frequent Adobe Flash negativity, it’s fairly ubiquitous and this is as close as clientless we’ll get in the placeshifting realm.
But, you know what would excite me even more? A Roku Slingbox “channel” – it’d enhance relevance (and sales!) for both these companies. You can’t beat a $60 SlingCatcher… I know it’s something I’d enjoy putting to use.
If you’re interested in checking out the GoogleTV Slingbox beta, register here.