Slingbox Now Allows Pay TV Sharing with Facebook Friends

A new Slingbox software update includes new features, the most important of which is allowing owners to invite Facebook friends to share their video stream. The update to the Watch software applies to the Slingbox 350 and 500 models. It supports both Mac and Windows, and most popular Web browsers. Web-based streaming from a Slingbox only allows one connection at a time. Friends can access the owner’s Slingbox directly from Facebook.

“Other new features include improved zoom control to handle more aspect ratios. Now, you can choose between default, anamorphic, letterbox, pillarbox and window box without issue,” reports Techspot. “Additionally, the pause button has been moved next to the Time Shift buffer control on the video screen.” (However, Time Shift buffer is only available for Windows.)

Slingbox owners will not have to worry about disruptions from their Facebook friends; they cannot interrupt the video stream, according to Engadget. But a Slingbox user can interrupt their friends’ viewing.

Versions Mac OS 10.6 to 10.8, and Windows Vista, 7 and 8 in Desktop mode, are all supported. Newer versions of Internet browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer and Firefox are also supported.

The Watch update also adds advanced device searching. This will improve finding more audio visual device manufacturers and models during setup or reconfiguring inputs.