Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Slingbox Discontinued

Walt Mossberg:

The @slingbox, which let you view your home cable TV on a PC anywhere, has been discontinued. It was an innovative, exciting product from a small startup.


Its time has now gone, but it was the very kind of small company innovation many wish for today. Here’s my review of that first Slingbox model in 2005[…]

Slingbox (via Hacker News):

Slingbox servers will be permanently taken offline 24 months after the discontinued announcement date (November 9, 2020), at which point ALL Slingbox devices and services will become inoperable.


Customer data will be handled in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Does that mean they’re going to sell it, where legal?

Nick Heer:

You’re going to think that I am taking these questions out of context on Slingbox’s FAQ but I promise you that I am not[…]

Update (2022-12-01): Dave Zatz (via Jason Snell):

Welp. It’s come to this. Slingbox servers will be shut down forever come November 9th. At which point all remaining devices will be bricked. *

As part of the original Sling Media team, initially in an advisory role followed by full-time employment, redefining media consumption was a wild and fulfilling ride. But, like the personal DVR, roll-your-own video streaming is largely transitory as we embrace our messy but largely liberated content futures.

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I have had the slingbox hd pro, originally supposed to work without their servers, for them to brick my unit is like having Saturn Cars disabled so you can drive what you own when they went out of business.

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