All Slingbox products will cease working by November 2022, the company has announced. Some apps will stop working before the deadline.
Slingbox was a hot product at one time but it has for many of its users been supplanted by streaming services and related technologies. If you are still using a Slingbox, it is time to move on. The company is shutting down all things related to Slingbox.
- "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," said Sling Media. "Until then, most Slingbox models will continue to work normally, but the number of supported devices for viewing will steadily decrease as versions of the SlingPlayer apps become outdated and/or lose compatibility."
Slingbox M1 was, in May 2015, one of the last products to launch
Some apps will stop working before the deadline. As of November 9, 2020, SlingPlayer apps for Android tablets, Android smartphones, Roku, and Windows Phone will no longer be supported and no longer be available for download, the company said.
We have included the company's FAQ below. For more information of the discontinuation process follow this link.
Slingbox - discontinuation FAQ
Q: How long will my Slingbox continue to work?
A: 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.
Until then, most Slingbox models will continue to work normally, but the number of supported devices for viewing will steadily decrease as versions of the SlingPlayer apps become outdated and/or lose compatibility.
See SOFTWARE & APPS section below for additional details.
Q: Why is Slingbox being discontinued?
A: We’ve had to make room for new innovative products so that we can continue to serve our customers in the best way possible.
Q: Will Slingbox be releasing any new products?
SOFTWARE & APPSQ: Will SlingPlayer apps be updated?
A: Some versions of the SlingPlayer app may receive maintenance updates, but there will be no new development work. Outdated or legacy versions of the SlingPlayer apps may be removed from the app stores without notice.
Q: Which SlingPlayer apps are currently available?
A: As of NOVEMBER 9, 2020, the following apps are available:
SlingPlayer in-browser viewer
SlingPlayer (paid) for Apple iPhone & iPad
SlingPlayer (free) for Apple iPad
SlingPlayer (free) for Android smartphones
SlingPlayer for Amazon Fire TV
SlingPlayer for Amazon Tablets
SlingPlayer for Apple MacOS (.dmg) *Not compatible with MacOS 10.15 Catalina
SlingPlayer for Windows PC (.exe)
Chromecast support (view details)
Q: Which SlingPlayer apps have already been discontinued?
A: As of NOVEMBER 9, 2020, the following apps are no longer supported and/or no longer available for download:
SlingPlayer (Free) for Android tablets
SlingPlayer (Paid) for Android smartphones
SlingPlayer for Roku
SlingPlayer for Windows Phone
If you already have one of these apps installed, the app may continue to work on that device, but you won’t be able to reinstall or it may stop functioning at some point.
PRIVACY & DATAQ: What will happen to my data?
A: Customer data will be handled in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.