Sling Media’s Slingbox products will be discontinued and no further work on their supporting apps will take place.
Its servers will be taken permanently offline on November 9, 2022, when all of its devices and services will become inoperable.
“Due to technology advances within the TV industry and the ubiquitous nature of streaming devices and services over the past several years, the demand for Slingbox has decreased,” the company said in a statement. “As a result, we are focusing our efforts on continuing to develop and enhance innovative products for Dish TV and Sling TV to meet the evolving needs for place-shifted viewing.”
Its anticipated most SlingBox models will initially work normally, but the number will decrease over time as versions of the SlingPlayer apps become outdated and/or lose compatibility.
Slingbox was developed by brother Blake and Jason as a means of watching his local ball game whilst away from home via his home receiver. The company was sold to Echostar on 2007 and the brothers left the company two years later.
Blake died in 2016 of a heart attack at the age of 42.