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SlingPlayer for iPad app review: watch Slingbox live or recorded TV on your iPad over a 3G, 4G, or Wi-Fi connection



If you own a Slingbox 500, 350, PRO-HD, or SOLO then you’re going to relish using SlingPlayer for iPad. It lets you to watch all of your live and recorded TV shows and movies from your Slingbox directly on your iPad using your 3G or 4G connectivity, or your WiFi network.

This really is an impressive app which will have your eyes wide when you first see the amazing quality of video playback, even over the most temperamental of 3G connections.

If you’re looking for a way of watching your Slingbox content on your mobile device then I would definitely recommend checking out this app as I think you’re going to be very, very happy with it indeed!

SlingPlayer for iPad


Sling Yer Hook!

Before starting this review I would just like to mention that the developer has included the following message on the iTunes description page:

“Note: While the SlingPlayer app is available for download in all countries, Slingbox hardware is required, and is only available for purchase from authorized resellers in the following countries: United States, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong[…]”

This means you’ll have to make sure you are the proud owner of a Slingbox before you can use this app.

Once you’re all set up, you can use the following devices as video sources for both watching and controlling playback:

  • Cable set-top box and DVR
  • Satellite set-top box and DVR
  • Telco / IPTV set-top box and DVR
  • Basic cable
  • Digital Over-the-Air broadcasts (Slingbox PRO-HD only)
  • Tivo
  • Apple TV
  • Home security cameras
  • Blu-ray/DVD players

Fantastic Functionality

One of the most striking things about SlingPlayer for iPad and Slingbox technology in general is just how user-friendly it is.

The electronic program guide makes it incredibly easy to very quickly find any channels you’re looking for, and you can also schedule DVR recordings for the ultimate in convenience. What’s more, you can also use this app to watch video on demand and pay-per-view programs.

This really is a very good app which not only looks great but also offers a ton of useful features for a great TV and home cinema experience and all of the convenience you’d expect with a great product like Slingbox.

Just be sure that your version of Slingbox is compatible with SlingPlayer for iPad before you purchase the app.


SlingPlayer for iPad


Pros and Cons


  • Watch Slingbox live or recorded TV on your iPad over a 3G, 4G, or WiFi connection
  • Electronic program guide enabling you to easily find the channels you want
  • Schedule DVR recordings
  • Watch and control all manner of different video sources



  • There is nothing negative to say about this app


Final Words

All I can really add to this review is to say that if you own a Slingbox and an iPad then there is absolutely no reason not to try out SlingPlayer for iPad so go take a look and I think you’ll be very glad you did!


SlingPlayer for iPad

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Mark is an opinionated writer who loves to review apps. In 2012, he started reviewing Apple apps on a regular basis and wonders how he survived up to that point without these apps.