CES Honors SlingPlayer 3.0 for iPad
By Michael Guta, TMCnet Contributing Writer
The first Consumer Electronic Show (CES (News - Alert)) was held in New York City in June of 1967, and after some trial and error the show finally settled in Las Vegas in 1998. It has now become one of the most anticipated consumer product events in the world, attracting the best and brightest every year. With so many products and services being introduces at the CES, getting the right recognition at the show can go a long way in giving it the start it needs to be adopted by consumers. Each year the CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award recognize products with outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge consumer electronic products.
Sling Media announced it has been named a 2014 International CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for its SlingPlayer 3.0 app. The newly redesigned app features upgraded user interface, social media feature, live sporting events stats and Thuuz excitement ratings.
The app works with Slingbox, a service which allows users to watch their favorite TV shows virtually anywhere in the world on PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone. The new interface is designed to allow users to search for their favorite shows and discover second screen enhancements. It turns the iPad into the first and second screen at the same time.
The content discovery on the app offers an interface that is able to find content easily by filtering choices based on personal TV lineups. Third-party services can be integrated to discover content the user may be interested in and manage the content.
Sports fans can use the app to find the game of their choice without having to search the grid guide. Once a game has been selected, users can interact with friends, family or other fans across the country or world with live statistics on the team of their choice by commenting on social networks while the game is taking place. By integrating the Thuuz Sports discovery engine, fans can view the excitement level of each game in real-time.
The social media integration of this app uses discovery and engagement so users can filter programming based on social network likes. Using Twitter and Facebook (News - Alert) it will be possible to join live conversations during the show with other viewers.
The second screen control lets users cast Slingbox to a TV from a mobile device with many remote control options. It is possible to watch programming on the iPad or a TV set, and with the split-screen navigation, users can view show details, engage social networks or see live stats while watching the programming on the iPad.
"The combination of Thuuz ratings and SlingPlayer means sports fans never have to miss out on the most exciting games, even when they can't get to a TV," said Warren Packard, CEO of Thuuz Sports.
Edited by Cassandra Tucker