What happened to Sling Media support for Apple TV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jmpage2, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. jmpage2 macrumors 68040


    Sep 14, 2007
    There were numerous articles early last year about Sling Media working on a Sling client for the Apple TV.


    Then, Dish bought them out and it seems like they canned it. Does anyone know if they are still planning on an Apple TV Sling client so I can watch my Slingbox on the Apple TV?

    I really don't want the Sling Catcher (it's a pile of puke) but want the ability to watch my live and recorded shows from my Tivo/Slingbox combo on the Apple TV which I would put in my work out room.

  2. jtrain73 macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2009
    I would really like this functionality too. Perhaps our friends at Boxee can look into this??? It would rock to be able to view my slingbox via the ATV.

    My guess is that Sling and Appple couldn't agree on it, and that the Sling Catcher was Sling's attempt at this. I'm not buying a Sling Catcher though, no way.
  3. aprofetto macrumors 6502a


    Dec 19, 2008
    Hamilton, Ontario
    Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought the Slingbox let you view AppleTV content on your Mac, or any computer with a internet connection?
  4. jtrain73 macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2009
    The slingbox "placeshifts" any video content, I assume a ATV would work in that respect - but I am wanting to receive the slingbox feed (which I have connected to a DVR in another state) and watch on my ATV. I can watch on my Mac currently, and yes, I know I could hook up my Mac to my TV, but that isn't always practical and not able to just leave as is.
  5. NightStorm macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
    How would this work with no official way of installing applications on the AppleTV?
  6. Superman07 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2007
    I don't understand - you're asking for your ATV to become a Slingbox? You can already pull stuff off of an ATV with a Slingbox to work on a computer.

    I suppose you could use a SlingCatcher to pipe a feed into the ATV - assuming you could get a USB Tuner stick to work through something like Boxee or XBMC. :confused:
  7. Cliff3 macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2007
    SF Bay Area
    That article indicates that Sling was working on a feature to add AppleTV as a content source for Slingbox and not as a target for content delivered by the Slingbox.
  8. Rich1963 macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2008
    I highly doubt it for one reason only (as far as an Apple sanctioned add-on by Sling). Apple filed a patent about six months ago for using a broadband internet connection to take media from your iTunes account and view it on any other Apple device, from any location.

    Using Sling to do this would steal Apple's thunder in the "we did this first" segment.

    What is curious though is that I recently read that HP had a media server capable of doing just this. One wonders if an Apple patent infringment lawsuit isn't forthcoming. :confused:
  9. Alucardx03 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2008
    I think the OP wants to be able to watch his DVR on a DVR-less television, much in the same way that the SlingCatcher allows you to do.

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