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SlingPlayer is the screen interface software that works hand-in-hand with the hardware inside the Slingbox to make your TV viewing experience just like that at home. It features an array of innovative features and controls, including a favorites bar, customizable remote controls, and the best streaming video money can buy.

What's New

  • Improved video quality
  • Hybrid tuning support for the Slingbox PRO-HD
  • Online Slingbox registration added; plus users can store their Slingbox ID online for easy access
  • Improved Slingbox Setup Assistant: New setup and configuration screens are streamlined and easier to use
  • Users can rapidly cycle between Fullscreen (4:3), Widescreen (16:9), Letterbox, Windowbox, more...


  • A Slingbox
  • Mac OS X 10.3.9 or Mac OS X 10.4.7 or later
  • 700 MHz G4 or 1.6 GHz Intel Core Duo.
  • 512 MB RAM (1 GB recommended).
  • Ethernet Network Connectivity (wired, 802.11 a/b/g, or Powerline)
  • 1024x768, thousands of colors display (millions of colors recommended).
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    Xco Member IconReview+4

    What can I say, the Slingbox Pro - HD is a great piece of hardware.

    And the SlingPlayer software is terrific. That is, the Windows version.

    The Mac version is awful by comparison.

    The Mac version functions and interface are very limited.

    First, it can't handle HD streaming. So, with the Mac, the SlingBox Pro - HD is mostly a waste of money.

    Yet, the HD streaming with the Windows SlingPlayer is terrific (gorgeous).

    Second, the Mac version requires one to manually enter and configure 'favorite' channels. That is, I must look-up each cable TV channel number (eg, 2.1.; 4.1, etc) and manually enter these. Just finding out the right channel numbers is a pain.

    The Windows version is more like Elgato's eyeTV. It connects with an EPG database, which includes an automatic channel listing and program schedule -- setting up favorites is a breeze.

    Third, the Mac version does not cache programs as they are being watched, ala TiVO and eyeTV.

    But the Windows version does.

    Fourth, the Mac software does not allow for keyboard actions to, for example, change channels.

    The Windows SlingPlayer is terrific, whether via a wireless LAN and over the Internet.

    The Mac version does not live up to the platform's potential, or users' needs. And, the Mac version Safari plug-in seems to be in perpetual 'beta,' a sign of poor corporate commitment to the platform.

    Finally, the Slingbox Pro - HD packaging says the product supports both Windows AND Macintosh platforms. For a $299 product, I'd expect it to do so as stated on the product packaging. As of today, this is a misnomer.

    Hopefully the folks behind SlingPlayer will give the Mac platform (and Mac users) the respect it's due - and soon.

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    Version 1.0.10

    Please also note. the SlingPlayer screenshot on MacUpdate is the Windows version. Not the Mac version. The difference between the two is like day and night.

    Greg Raven Member IconReview+18
    Greg Raven

    The last two updates (1.08 and 1.09) have performed perfectly for me on a couple of different Macs. The only thing I don't like is that the features of the Mac version lag behind the features of the Windows version. Still, the new versions do everything my original version did, and the set-up for remote (Internet as opposed to intranet) viewing is now seamless.

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    Version 1.0.9
    Steve Frawley Member IconComment+188
    Steve Frawley

    1.0.9 trashed the installation on one of my MacBook Pros. The older version won't even work now. 1.0.8 works fine on my G5 yet and 1.0.7 works fine on my other MacBook Pro.

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    Version 1.0.9
    AZRichG Member IconComment+1

    I have 1.09 running as of 6/26. Maybe try re-downloading it or something. I have a std slingbox I didn't have any real problems before, and it's running fine now.

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    Version 1.0.9
    filchescat Member IconComment+62

    version 1.09 dmg file no workee - an error message appears when the .dmg file is launched - can't generate the disk image to mount on the desktop

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    Version 1.0.9
    cloudniner Member IconComment+14

    I bought a Slingbox Solo a few days ago and I must say I wish I had one a long time ago. Future shop has them for $169 as of Dec 16.

    It is hooked to the cheapest Bell Sat receiver via S-Video cable. It is hooked to a Belkin 7320 11-g router which is not hooked to the internet. I have another Belkin hooked to the internet.

    I am accessing the Slingbox with a MacBook Pro. This software worked like a charm with no trouble at all. It controls the receiver with a screen mock up of the remote control. Clicking on the buttons on screen does exactly what it would if the actual remote were being used.

    I use this to watch the BBC news anywhere in my house over the wireless network at the same time I am programming in Windoze XP using Parelles.

    Macs and Slingbox what a combo!!!

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    Version 1.0.7
    Greg Raven Member IconReview+18
    Greg Raven

    We discovered SlingBox and SlingPlayer by accident several months ago. Since then, we've been completely happy with it. We can watch TV at any computer in the house, and when we travel, we can watch our home TV on my Powerbook. Once the Mac version of the software catches up to the Windows version, SlingPlayer will be even better.

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    Version 1.0.6
    rpaege Member IconReview+108

    I can't imagine an app that does what this does that could be any easier to use or more stable. I only wish I had discovered this earlier, as it is VERY impressive. I can even watch the Slingbox over a G3 wireless network with very poor signal!
    It seems to have about as many extra features as one could want. The setup was pretty basic, and I had no problem at all with my router/firewall. It just works. Bravo and thanks!

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    Version 1.0.4
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    License Demo
    Date 31 Oct 2009
    Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
    Price Free
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