SlingPlayer lets users watch their home TV from around the world, and there are versions of this for PCs, smartphones, and more. Sling Media has announced plans to use Adobe Flash as the basis for its streaming video, which should bring this service to even more devices.
In the future, Slingboxes will use the H.264 standard for video and audio, so any Internet-connected device that includes Adobe Flash Player 10 or is Adobe Flash-enabled will be able run the SlingPlayer application, such as media players, PCs, gaming consoles, and other mobile products.
What about Smartphones?
There are already versions of SlingPlayer Mobile for some smartphone operating systems, but not all. The collaboration between Sling Media and Adobe Systems should bring this streaming TV service to more.
Adobe Systems is in the process of developing a version of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for a range of smartphone platforms. Specifically, Google’s Android and Palm’s webOS will get a browser plug-in with Flash support in the first half of this year, while Symbian and Windows Mobile versions are in the offing, too.
“SlingPlayer support for the Adobe Flash Platform will broaden the reach of our technology to a world of new devices,” said John M. Paul, executive vice president of Products at Sling Media. “Adobe’s continued delivery of new performance and feature capabilities make SlingPlayer updates and enhancements much faster to develop and distribute.”
SlingPlayer will take advantage of Adobe Flash Player’s capabilities to use the power of a device’s hardware to accelerate the decoding of a video stream, creating high-quality audio and video while conserving battery life. It will also support secure RTMP measures, including RTMPE encryption, supported by the Adobe Flash Platform to protect content as it streams from supported Slingboxes and SlingLoaded devices.
Sling Media has not yet said when the Flash-based version of its SlingPlayer software will be released. The company did warn that this new version will support only the Slingbox Pro-HD and Slingbox SOLO.
More about the Sling Service
For those who are unfamiliar with it, this application allows users to watch everything they could on their home TV… but on a remove PC or smartphone.
It requires a SlingBox that is connected to the home TV and the Internet. This streams live TV programs, and allows the user to control a home digital video recorder (DVR), DVD player, video tape player, and more.
Source: Sling Media