Sling Media recently introduced new Slingbox platform developments designed to enhance the TV-viewing experience for customers who own the recently released Slingbox 500 and Slingbox 350 placeshifting devices. My Media and Slingbox Companion will give Slingbox customers a new way to discover, watch and share content on the TV and portable devices.
My Media, featuring SlingSync, will be available exclusively for Slingbox 500 customers as an extension to the SlingProjector features currently available. SlingSync makes it easy for customers to sync photos and videos to a Slingbox 500 with a connected USB drive and view them on the TV. Slingbox Companion, Sling Media’s 2nd screen social TV app for iPad, will be available for Slingbox 500 customers initially. Slingbox 350 support will follow later this year.
My Media is part of the company’s digital media framework. Now Slingbox 500 customers can transfer and enjoy personal photos and videos from a USB hard drive attached to the Slingbox 500. Customers can play back any personal content stored on the USB drive directly on their TV screen using the Slingbox 500’s remote control.
SlingSync, a feature of My Media, acts like a personal cloud that allows Slingbox 500 customers to archive and store their media onto a compact USB drive while creating more space on their smartphone to collect more. With the Slingbox 500 and a smartphone installed with the SlingPlayer app on the same local area network, photos and videos are synced automatically — from the phone to USB drive. My Media features will be delivered via firmware and software updates to both Slingbox 500 and SlingPlayer software for iOS and Android smartphones in the coming weeks.
Slingbox Companion is a free 2nd screen application that will be available to all Slingbox 500 and Slingbox 350 customers who also own an iPad 2 or higher model. Slingbox Companion will feature content discovery tools that help customers find shows based on their interests. They can then navigate to the selected show to watch on the TV using the tablet app as a remote.
Slingbox 500 customers who have connected a USB drive to their Slingbox 500 can use Slingbox Companion to navigate to photos and videos from My Media and play them on their TV. In addition, Slingbox Companion will feature supplemental TV program content like live stats during a sporting event, enhancing the TV-viewing experience. Finally, customers can share what they are viewing with friends on Facebook and Twitter and see what’s trending on TV. Slingbox Companion will be available this spring.