Sling has introduced a handful of requested features for its TV-streaming Slingbox today, including support for Roku devices and a revamp of its Slingplayer iOS app.
With regard to the former, Sling is pushing out a free Slingplayer channel to Roku devices today. Every Roku besides the Roku HD and the Roku LT is supported from the get go (Sling says those two will gain compatibility later this month), meaning that most Roku owners can now stream live or recorded TV from their Slingbox to their Roku device if they’re on the same network.
That might sound a little redundant at first, but the newfound support means that those who own both a Slingbox and a Roku can effectively use the former to turn the latter into a second cable box. A much cheaper second cable box, we might add. An update is being pushed out to the SlingPlayer Mobile app for iOS and Android today that lets you control the new Roku channel via smartphone.
Speaking of app updates, Sling is also overhauling its SlingPlayer companion app for iPads today. Besides its new split-screen look, the app’s UI now includes new search filters, social integration with Facebook and Twitter, and live stats and scores during sports programs. You’ll need iOS 7 or higher to get the update.
Finally, Sling also announced that it’s working on a Windows 8.1 app. Details are scarce for now, but it looks like Slingbox customers will soon be able to stream TV on computers and tablets that run Microsoft’s latest OS. Sling says that it expects the Windows 8.1 app to launch sometime this December.