Sling Media is trying to make place-shifted content available in more places and on more devices, now launching a Roku channel that will allow customers to stream live content to another TV and control that experience with their mobile phones. The company is also releasing a new iPad app that will allow them to take TV with them wherever they go.
SlingPlayer 3.0 is the newest client for iPad, providing a new interface for discovering and viewing place-shifted TV on the tablet. The app provides a new split-screen navigation feature that allows viewers to browse through other shows, get more information about what they're watching, and engage with other viewers through an integrated Twitter channel. Along with the built-in social media conversations, the app also allows viewers to discover content based on what they've liked on other networks.
Since so much of Sling's viewing is live, and focused on sports, the company has built some features to support that. The new version does away with viewers having to search a grid-like interface for the game that matters to them. Also, once they've selected a game, they'll get scores and live stats alongside the video.
The Sling app can also be used either as its own viewing device for when a viewer is on the road, or it can be used as a second-screen remote control within the home.
In addition to the iPad app, Sling is introducing a new Roku channel for users to watch live or recorded TV in another room in the house, or while they're on the go. The channel is controlled by the SlingPlayer mobile app, which matches up with Roku boxes that are connected on the same WiFi network to stream content from the iPhone or Android device.
The Sling Roku channel will be available on Roku 3, Roku 2 XS, and Roku 2 XD boxes, as well as the Roku Streaming Stick. Support for later models will come in the next week.
Finally, Sling is working on a Windows 8.1 app, which is expected to be released next month. The app will deliver the same place-shifting experience on Surface tablets, as well as desktops, laptops, and hybrid/convertible devices.