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SlingPlayer

by Sling Media
Platform: Android Rated: Guidance Suggested
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (409 customer reviews)

Price: $14.99
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 2.0.4
  • Fix for issue where some users see an inaccurate error message indicating device incompatibility the first time they run the app.

Product Details

  • ASIN: B0071AN0HC
  • Release Date: January 24, 2012
  • Rated: Guidance Suggested This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (409 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #577 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Turns your Kindle Fire into a TV
  • Watch and control your TV from anywhere
  • Live, recorded or premium content
  • No monthly fees
  • Requires Slingbox hardware (DISH customers - please download the free DISH Anywhere app)

Product Description
SlingPlayer (Kindle Tablet Edition)
Enjoy your favorite programming
SlingPlayer (Kindle Tablet Edition)
Fully control your entertainment experience
Watch TV Anywhere, Anytime

Watch your home TV and DVR from anywhere on your Kindle Fire. When connected over 3G/4G or Wi-Fi to a Slingbox 500, 350, PRO-HD, or SOLO (Slingboxes sold separately), the award-winning SlingPlayer app will play anything you can watch on your TV at home on your Kindle Fire. Now you can change channels, control your DVR, and watch your favorite live and recorded shows right on your Kindle Fire.

COMPATIBLE DEVICE(S): Kindle Fire

COMPATIBLE SLINGBOX(ES): 500, 350, PRO-HD, or SOLO

If you are a DISH Network customer, the following devices are NOT compatible with the SlingPlayer app. Please download the free DISH Anywhere app

•Hopper with Sling receiver

•Hopper receiver

•VIP 922 receiver

•Sling Adapter

View and control video sources such as cable set-top box and DVR, satellite set-top box and DVR, Telco/IPTV set-top box and DVR, basic cable, digital over-the-air broadcasts (Slingbox PRO-HD only), Tivo, Apple TV, and home security cameras.

Full Remote Control

Extend your living room TV experience to your Kindle Fire with a SlingPlayer app. If you like TV, it's hard not to smile when you take control of your TV and DVR right from your Kindle Fire. Flip through your local channels with the virtual remote control. Pause, fast-forward, rewind, and schedule DVR recordings. Watch video on demand and even pay-per-view programs. Never miss another show or game--whether you're in the backyard, out to lunch, or on the other side of the world. It's your TV. Don't let it be trapped in your living room. Set it free!

To learn more about Slingbox, please visit http://www.slingbox.com.

Note: While the SlingPlayer app is available for download in all countries, Slingbox hardware is required, and is only available for purchase from authorized resellers in the following countries: United States, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, Vatican City. Hardware warranty and technical support is only provided in the country where the Slingbox purchase is made, and only if the purchase was from an authorized reseller. For more information, please refer to your locale's Slingbox Warranty.


Technical Details

  • Size: 13.8MB
  • Version: 2.0.4
  • Developed By: Sling Media
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Read from external storage
    • Allows the app to set higher app priorities on the device
    • Enter Wi-Fi Multicast mode
    • Get information about the currently or recently running tasks: a thumbnail representation of the tasks, what activities are running in it, etc
    • Write to external storage
    • Read the low-level system log files
    • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
    • Read only access to device state
    • Open network sockets
    • Allows verification of Google app Entitlements
    • Access the vibration feature
    • Access information about networks
    • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 2.3
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 2 minutes

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
168 of 173 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Does NOT WORK WITH DISH NETWORKS February 1, 2013
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This app was not cheap as apps go ($14.99) and what really burns me is the lack of information about it's incompatibility with Dish Networks. I had a whole-home Dish install with Hopper and Joeys -- it comes with a slingbox. Works great on my iPhone -- and that app is FREE. So now I am stuck with a useless app. I called Sling Media -- the makers of Slingbox. They do not support it. I called Dish, they said "Go download it from the Google Android store!" NEGATIVE. Kindles are not supported there. LARGE FAIL for Dish in its lack of information on this app. Then after a long pause the agent said they do not support Kindle Fire. Nice work, Dish. Why not explain that on your website? And Sling, same for you! Just explain and us Kindle owners will understand - do not trick us into wasting $15 like you are currently doing.

Looks like I cannot get a refund so that's $14.99 down the drain. But it will be worth it if I can help another Kindle customer from the same fate.
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128 of 136 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WILL NOT RUN ON KINDLE FIRE HD! Update it now works great November 24, 2012
By marc
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It works now, but i just can't forgive a Quality Assurance department that did not even try to launch the App outside of the dev environment!

It is a crime that this app is on the Kindle market for tablets then alerts you (after you buy it) that it will NOT run on your Kindle Fire tablet that is just so crazy. No ability for a refund shame on Slingbox.
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173 of 188 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Does not work with the Dish Sling Adapter April 30, 2012
By Padge
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When I queried "DISH Network" in the Amazon app store, this came up. Was not aware it would not work with the Sling Player Adapter from DISH. Had I know that, I would not have purchased. Strange thing is I have the actual free DISH app on our phones and it works great. Not sure why Amazon doesn't make it available for the "Fire" since they both use Android software. Oh well, lesson learned...thank goodness it was only $32.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DOESN'T WORK WITH DISH PERIOD!!!! December 13, 2012
This app comes up when you search Amazon for DISH applications. You would think that it would work with DISH but it is completely incompatible with DISH. This app does not support the Sling Adapter that DISH exclusively uses. So the Sling Adapter does not work with the SlingPlayer even though the same company "Sling Media" makes both products. I'm pretty sure Amazon has sold this application to thousands of people that can't use it based on their search engine misguidance. Please fix this Mr. Amazon and quit cheating people out of their hard earned money. Personally I'm going to toss my DISH Sling Adapter in the trash after I shoot it a couple of times - I bought the sling adapter a year ago so that I could watch DISH on my Kindle Fire - so much for that idea!. DISH is not up to it, the Kindle Fire is not up to it and Sling Media is in the ditch.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really Mad, Poor Information March 14, 2012
I have 4 different Slingboxes ranging from the original to the Solo and I have this App on my iPhone and my Android phone. The app works fine on the iPhone and my Android phone. So I purchased it for my new Kindle Fire only to find out it will not work on the Fire. It says the Slingboxes I have need to be upgraded because the app does not support my older devices. One, in the purchase process it should have been note that it only works with specific devices, two if it works on my Android phone why doesn't it work on the Fire. What a rip off, don't buy this app.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't get it to run on Kindle Fire HD 8.9" November 21, 2012
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I was excited this morning because for the first time the Amazon App Store was showing the Slingplayer was supported on the Kindle Fire HD. I was even more excited when I didn't have to pay for another copy (already had bought it for my Kindle Fire) ... I downloaded it but when I tried to open it, got a message that it is not supported. I called SlingBox support and got nowhere.
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127 of 143 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great application for the Kindle Fire February 4, 2012
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Before I discuss the application I want to comment on several of the other reviews. Some people complained that they were not warned that they needed a Solo or HD Slingbox, and that their Classic unit would not be compatible with this application. When I ordered my application, there was a mention of this requirement at several places in the application description. That said, I have both a solo in my own home, and a classic unit at my daughter's home in Massachusetts. I also have an IPad, and I have paid for Slingplayer on that device. The IPad (contrary to another person's comment) also does not work on the Classic Slingbox. One more comment regarding the Slingbox. For those of you who are new to Sling Media, you can only have one remote device viewing a Slingbox. If you have the Solo version of the Slingbox, whenever you change the channel on the DVR, you also change the channel for the home viewer. If this is problematic, you may want to consider the HD model, solely for the ability to connect directly to the cable system, while bypassing the cable box or DVR.

The application itself was simple to set up and I was connected to my Sling account within minutes of purchasing this application. I did immediately try to see if the Kindle could connect to my Classic Slingbox, and was quickly informed that the connection could not be made. The connection to my Solo unit was prompt, and painless. The menus are virtually identical to the IPad menus. Since I have been using the IPad for months, I felt very comfortable with the Kindle application. Because of the smaller screen on the Kindle, I did have to set the aspect ratio and zoom to create a letterbox effect. The play was fluid and high quality. The on screen volume control of the Kindle is a plus over the IPad. In all the application does exactly what is claimed.

I am happy that I acquired this application. It complements my two Slingboxes and the Slingcatcher I have installed on my big screen TV
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars do not buy this it does not work if you ...
do not buy this it does not work if you will be wasting 15 and you will not get your money back you'll just get a bunch of text saying this is being fixed that's being fixed and... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Roger
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Does not work with all providers.
Published 6 days ago by janyce
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great App
Published 11 days ago by doc 2
1.0 out of 5 stars this app sucks.
As with all the comments. It doesn't work with kindle fire. Another waste of money. Don't use it. It's a rip off.
Published 11 days ago by Joel
1.0 out of 5 stars junk
Does not work at all they will not get back to me about it no help from them $1499 spent for nothing
Published 13 days ago by stanley barker
1.0 out of 5 stars crap and a massive rip off
this is the only app that is "compatible" with Dish Network and you have to have this app in order to stream your Dish on Kindle devices... yet it doesn't work. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Daniel
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Too difficult to use, and extremely pricy after spending $300 on the slingbox
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great!!!
Published 14 days ago by iDel
4.0 out of 5 stars good product
I enjoy watchinng on the sling box when not at home. I recently was in Italy watching my home town team play halfway across the world.
Published 15 days ago by tj d
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Live Without It!
I have had a Slingbox for a few years now, and I love it! This is my second box, I have the low end model. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Gail Stewart
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can you export to tv via hdmi cable?
Yes. You need a special cable for the kindle fire usb out to hdmi in for the tv.
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Would love to know this as well
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I would really like to see a way to program custom channels so a customer doesn't have to remember what channel number is what.
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