Sling Media Launches Streaming Site1 Dec, 2008 By: Michael Lee
Sling Media, which makes the Slingbox device that allows users to watch TV from Mac- or Windows-based computers, rolled out a beta version of its own video-streaming site, Sling.com, according to The Associated Press.
Sling.com features much of the same content as its partner site Hulu.com, the joint streaming site of NBC Universal and News Corp. Sling.com also allows Slingbox owners to control their device remotely from the site.
A new feature allows Slingbox owners to watch live TV online; previously, this required the installation of a standalone program called SlingPlayer. Live TV streaming currently works on Windows-based PCs running Mozilla’s Firefox or Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. The company said it hopes to have a version that works with Macs within a few months.
Sling Media also said it plans to keep adding content partners. In addition to Hulu, it currently has deals with CBS, comedy Web sites such as CollegeHumor, and news sites such as the AP and Reuters.