The Slingbox, the nifty set top device that lets you watch what’s on your TV or DVR from anywhere, is planning to add the WD TV Live and WD TV Live Hub to the list of connected devices it supports. According to one tipster, the SlingPlayer beta program is asking users to add the WD TV Live or WD TV Live Hub to their equipment list. The message states,
If you have a WD TV Live or WD TV Live Hub, now would be a good time to list it in your TV & AV Equipment Test Platform. We may have a beta opportunity coming up real soon and we usually recruit testers based on their beta profile information.
To date, Sling has released connected device clients for the Boxee and Logitech’s Google TV (but it also works on the Sony version). While Sling does not currently charge for the connected TV client, it might in the future based on its website copy (see below). However, Sling’s mobile clients for Android, Windows Phone, Kindle Fire, Blackberry and iOS carry a charge of $29.99 each. There’s no cost to use the Slingbox player for the PC or Mac or any monthly fees associated with the product.
The connected device client allows you to stream content to another TV in the house with a supported connected device. And yes, it will also work remotely at your summer manse or ski house assuming you have high speed Internet on both ends.
The addition of the SlingPlayer to the WD TV Live is nice given the device’s portability. The WD TV boxes continue to receive significant updates with support for 1080P Netflix, Hulu Plus, VUDU, YouTube and Pandora among other streaming services. With a wide range of audio and video codec support, the WD TV boxes also allow you to stream media from your PC, Mac or USB connected storage.