Some may rejoice at the news that SlingPlayer Mobile has been launched for the iPad, but users who have already forked out money for the iPhone version will again have to shell out (£17.99) if they want to take advantage of the superior resolution quality on the tablet
Available for purchase on the iTunes App Store, SlingPlayer Mobile software for iPad lets Slingbox owners extend their home TV experience in a similar manner to its iPhone app launched in May 2009. The new app takes advantage of the iPad's high-resolution 9.7in display. The revamped program guide uses the iPad's intuitive native interface, and a "recent channels" feature puts a viewer's recent channels at his/her fingertips. SlingPlayer Mobile also allows you to change channels, control your DVRs and watch your favorite shows anywhere you have an internet connection (via WiFi or 3G).
However customers who have a Slingbox PRO, AV, TUNER or Classic will have to upgrade to either a Slingbox SOLO or PRO-HD, which are the only devices that can stream at the iPad’s higher resolution. There is an option however to use "Compatibility Mode" which will let you continue to use the iPhone app at no extra charge but without the higher resolutions. The iPhone app can stream from all Slingboxes.
SlingPlayer Mobile for iPad is available now for £17.99 from the App Store or via iTunes. You can check out exactly what the app does on the video below.