Dish shuts down Slingbox, to brick all gadgets by 2022
Dish Community introduced on Monday it is instantly discontinuing Sling Media’s Slingbox gadgets and can shut down its servers in two years, successfully bricking house owners’ gadgets.
“Till then, most Slingbox fashions will proceed to work usually, however the variety of supported gadgets for viewing will steadily lower as variations of the SlingPlayer apps change into outdated and/or lose compatibility,” the corporate mentioned in a message posted on its web site.
Dish mentioned Slingbox has been discontinued “to make room for brand spanking new progressive merchandise in order that we will proceed to serve our prospects in one of the best ways doable,” but it surely added that it would not be releasing any new merchandise.
The corporate’s Slingbox, first launched in 2005, was the among the many first handful of merchandise to supply video “placeshifting” expertise — the power to digitize the sign out of your cable field and stream it to a PC or cellular system elsewhere within the house, or around the globe.
Sling to Dish Community purchased Sling Media in 2007 for $380 million, the place the model has gone on to type the idea of the corporate’s streaming video service, Sling TV.