SlingPlayer for Facebook Now Available

Sling Media Logo I reported on Sling Media’s SlingPlayer for Facebook a week ago, and today it is available to everyone. The good news, such as it is, is that it is written in Flash. So it should work in any browser and on any platform that supports Flash. I’ve already tried it in Google Chrome on Windows 7. It is very likely that this player uses the same code foundations as the previously demo’d SlingPlayer for Google TV and SlingPlayer for Boxee. How about releasing those Sling? Please?

Other platforms aside, SlingPlayer for Facebook seems to work well. I was able to connect to my Slingbox SOLO without any problems. Unfortunately my Slingbox PRO-HD recently died (won’t boot, power LED just flashes) and I haven’t replaced it yet, so I can’t test HD streaming. Note that these are the only two models that will work with this new player, just as with recent releases for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, etc. So if you have a Slingbox Classic, AV, TUNER, or PRO – sorry, you’re out of luck. The SOLO and PRO-HD are the only two models that stream in H.264, and that’s what the recent players are using due to platform requirements. Flash natively supports H.264, but not WMV, which is what the older Slingboxes used. Same for mobile devices – pretty much every mobile device has hardware H.264 decoding, but few support WMV.

It should also work with the handful of SlingLoaded devices out there, like the Dish Network ViP 922 and EchoStar HDS-600RS, and the Dish Network Sling Adapter.

In addition to releasing SlingPlayer for Facebook, they’ve also added Chrome to the supported browsers on This one is an extension for Chrome, not a Flash-based player. Officially, works with the PRO-HD, SOLO, and PRO. It may work with the Classic, TUNER, and AV, but Sling recommends using the old desktop clients with those.

Here’s Sling Media’s Vicky Shum demonstrating SlingPlayer for Facebook:

Now, for the geeks, I poked into the markup, and this is the URL that will load the bare Flash SlingPlayer: I’d love to hear reports from people trying it on different platforms – game consoles, portable devices, etc. Leave a comment.

I wonder if I could even embed the player right here? Let’s find out!

EDIT: Well, the answer is yes. But the embed code included some kind of token so everyone who used it was accessing my Slingbox. ;-) Unfortunately, looking at the markup on Facebook, the login form is external to the Flash player so it looks like you can’t login or logout within the player. I’d thought it was just because I’d logged in on Facebook and it cookie’d me, but I guess not. So I’m just going to pull that out of the post. ;-)

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  • Anonymous

    I hope I didn’t mess up your Tivo – the embedded player is working!  You had Anthony Bourdain (sp?) on.  Kinda cool.

    • MegaZone

      Yeah, whoops, guess the code I copied included a token that linked it to my account. ;-)  

  • Anonymous

    I always figured you as a Cartoon Network fan. Now I can see you watch it. :)
    No volume though for some reason.

    • MegaZone

      Tons of Cartoon Network.  ;-)  Guess the embed code snuck in a token that linked to my account.  I didn’t catch that.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t know what you did to embed but if you did a simple iframe and then remembered to logout after viewing you should be ok.

  • Dave Zatz

    Yeah, the embedded player has some sort of cookie associated with it or is hard coded as I’m looking at someone else’s box. (I also poked around the code – looks like the directory on their Apache server is open with some Facebook js and php files to explore. But I obviously didn’t make it as far as you did.)

    • MegaZone

      That was my Slingbox SOLO. :-)  Yeah, some of the embed code must’ve been a unique identifier for my account.  I didn’t catch that.  Looking at the Facebook page some more the Login/Logout is external to the Flash.  So you login and then it must embed the Flash with the account encoded into the FlashVars.  Instead of using a cookie in flash.

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