Don't feel too down in the dumps if you're suddenly unable to access your Slingbox video streamer, you're not the only one to have this problem. In a recent forum post, Sling Media acknowledged that it was having issues, and that a fix is on the way.
"We are aware that some customers may be experiencing difficulties with logging in to their Sling Account. We're seeing the following symptoms:
Troubles logging in to Watch on Slingbox.com or from within the desktop SlingPlayer 2.0 application.
After logging in, the Watch page never loads.
After logging in, the Slingbox Directory never loads.
If you're recently having any of the above problems, we apologize for the inconvenience. We're working to get this resolved quickly," Sling Media wrote.
According to a Slingbox spokesperson, the SNAFU occurred because of a "data migration process that, while carefully planned for a long time, still had a number of unexpected problems."
This all happened before the weekend, though some users are still reporting problems. Are you one of them? Hit the jump and let us know how your Slingbox is working out.
The SlingPlayer app for the iPhone has long been a good example of what the platform can do. When last month Sling was allowed to stream video of AT&T’s 3G network, the deal got even better. Now we’re hearing that Sling is hard at work on a version of the app specifically for the iPad. This is great news for every Slingbox owner who whishes the iPhone screen was just a little bigger.
The current SlingPlayer app (which costs $29.99) will work on the iPad, but will be upscaled. Sling was tight lipped about just when the iPad native app would show, but did seem to hint that it would be able to stream video at the iPad’s native resolution of 1024 x 768. We’re skeptical that this sort of resolution will be possible over AT&T’s 3G network, even with high compression.
The only real concern we have is the cost. If the iPhone version is $30, how much will the iPad edition cost? Are there any Slingbox owners out there? Would a high quality Sling app for the iPad entice you to take the iPad plunge?
Sling, the makers of the Slingbox, which lets you watch your stuff--cable TV, recorded programming--anywhere you can hook up to a broadband connection, has announced a slate of new products. As cool as they are they aren’t for us, but instead are intended for “television service providers and consumer electronics manufacturers” so they may “acquire new customers and delight their current ones.”
The Slingbox 700U is an updated Slingbox, and takes on the chore of streaming media, once connected to the Internet via a USB port. The Sling Receiver 300 allows streaming to televisions through a home network. The Sling Monitor 150 is a portable flat-panel display that combines a display and a receiver. And the Sling Touch Control 100 is a “next-generation”, touch-screen remote with the SlingGuide interface.
Sling doesn’t mention cost or availability. But, then, these aren’t for us, so why should we be told?
The LocationFree TV LF-B20 offers a number of improvements over Sony’s earlier video-streaming effort. A few of the new model’s features are superior to the Slingbox Pro’s, but this product is no match for Sling Media’s latest release.
The original Slingbox was housed in a goofy ingot-shaped box. The Slingbox Pro is only slightly more attractive, but it’s eminently more capable. Unfortunately, you’ll need to spend one-third more than its $250 base price to enable some of its cooler features.