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Sling was a pioneer of streaming TV, allowing users to take their fat cable package on the road and ignore limited offerings and libraries from online streaming video providers.
Sling first launched in 2005, when alternatives were poorly developed, but over the last 10 years however more and more users have moved away from cable TV, and online streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, available on any platform, has instead become the mainstay of our video consumption.
That leaves little space for SlingMedia’s Slingbox solution, a device which connects to your cable box and transmits your entertainment over the internet to your phones, tablets and PCs.
Today SlingMedia announced that they will be shutting down their Slingbox servers in two years, which will mean all of the Slingboxes ever sold will become inactive.
The fateful date will be November 9th, 2022 — “at which point ALL Slingbox devices and services will become inoperable,” says Sling.
Sling is instead promoting Sling TV, their own streaming TV platform.
As noted earlier, it seems likely most Slingboxes have already lost their place in the entertainment centre to other set-top boxes, and now the few remaining fans have been given fair notice to find other solutions.
via The Verge