View Full Version : Is it only Hulu or it is possible with Sling's new site?

October 23rd, 2008, 04:50 PM
Still waiting for my invite so I can play with Hulu...

I know that Slingmedia has a new site that is based on Hulu, and Fancast uses the same Hulu engine. Is there anything preventing the Slingmedia site from also working on Boxee?

I only ask this because the Sling site allows you to connect (via the browser) to your slingboxes. No Slingplayer required. The OSX version isn't ready but the Windows version works now.

If this worked, I could use my AppleTV as kind of a Slingcatcher of sorts...

October 27th, 2008, 04:17 PM
A slingbox client in boxee would be very cool for sure!

Not sure on the answer to your question. But I am curious as well to the answer.

As far as Hulu invites go, how long did you request an invite? Because I was under the impression that it had gone live and anyone could sign up now.


October 27th, 2008, 05:22 PM
Sling.com is Sing Media's portal. It's still in beta and I haven't been able to check it out yet.

Based on the descriptions, it seems like it may either provide a gateway to stream content (where quality would be significantly reduced) or it provides a dynamic dns service to redirect connections back to your home network (where you'd have to configure your firewall to allow connections from the Internet to your Slingbox).

Sling.com would be a competitor to Hulu so I can't imagine they use the Hulu engine, but rather the flash engine. I believe Hulu streams using a special flash player. It is this player that Boxee figured out how to embed in their media player software. I suspect they'll be able to use similar techniques to embed other flash based players (which may include Sling.com).

Some great possibilities nonetheless. If only they allowed access from Canada.

The sling catcher seems to be missing the ability to play content from SMB, UPnP and RSS video sources.

Boxee 3
Sling Catcher 0

October 27th, 2008, 06:54 PM
Sling's interface sure "looks" like Hulu. Nuff said (darn NDAs and EULAs).

I've played with the SlingCatcher, set it up for a friend to connect to my Slingboxes. Very easy to setup. You can actually access locally available content via USB (HDD, USB key, etc). I believe you can also access UPnP content but I didn't bother testing it.

October 27th, 2008, 07:03 PM
UPnP with SlingCatcher is cool... but no SMB support?

If the Slingbox could be a UPnP source that would be cool too. Since there is a Mac sling player it's possible there could be an AppleTV version... however, the EULA would likely prevent others from distributing it or modifying it so it will run on the Apple TV.

October 27th, 2008, 11:44 PM
if it's a boxee invite you're still waiting on, post here:

October 28th, 2008, 02:51 AM
Got my invite. Loving the Hulu...

December 4th, 2008, 09:02 AM
I added several RSS feeds from Sling.com, but Boxee is reporting that it fails to read each one. It seems that Sling is aggregating feeds from sites like Hulu and CBS, but it also has channels I haven't found elsewhere, such as the Marvel channel feed listed below.


Any idea why Boxee couldn't read this?