Slingbox users are up in arms over the addition of ads to the Slingbox desktop player. If you aren’t familiar with Slingbox, the device works with your TV, cable box or DVR to send programming from those devices to an app. That app allows you to watch your programming on your computer, smartphone, or tablet.
Unlike many services, Slingbox will let you watch anything from your home DVR on your mobile device. You can watch live TV, play and manage DVR recording, and also watch on a second TV using streaming boxes like Apple TV, Chromecast or Roku. This device comes in models costing between $100 to $299, but there is no monthly fee after that initial purchase. You still have to pay for your cable, but you can watch all the channels anywhere you want.
This is not to be confused with Sling TV, a subscription streaming service that does not require you to purchase a particular device.
Slingbox recently added banner ads to the bottom of the player you use to watch content on the desktop of your computers. It looks similar to the way that YouTube and other players feature advertising. Slingbox users are furious about the addition of the ads.
Many users posted in the forum for Slingbox that ads ruin the entire viewing experience.
The reasons behind the addition of ads is probably simple. Since Slingbox doesn’t charge a subscription fee, they count on revenue from the purchase of the Slingbox device to keep their service up and running. As more and more services offer similar streaming to apps, the demand for Slingbox devices falls.
The company has to find cash to keep the service running and banner ads are a way to add revenue. Slingbox can’t insert commercials into the content, so displaying the banner ads at the bottom of the player may be their only option to generate revenue.