I’ll start by being a little upfront about something here – I’m not a “Mac guy.” While I don’t really identify as the “PC guy” from the commercials either (although the spoofs are great), I don’t own a Mac, and probably won’t get one any time soon. I have no problem with the Mac folks out there, and appreciate all the ingenuity Apple brings to their products. But I’m not a Mac guy (or an iPod guy either for that matter, but for a totally unrelated reason).
Funny enough, back when I worked at Sling Media, I was a huge proponent of enabling SlingPlayer Mac support for the Slingbox. I believe the Mac community, as a whole, appreciates the convergence of computing and media, and tend towards early adoption of most new media technology. I think the iTV product is more likely to succeed in the “get your home media collection from your computer to your TV” vision that so many others have failed in delivering in the past. With any luck, Apple will help open the “digital home” marketplace for many others to come participate in, as none have shown success to date.
Back to the matter at hand: Sling Media made SlingPlayer for OSX available in beta today (here’s the download). There’s already a flood of conversation on the SlingCommunity, and even a great note from Blake himself talking about the issue. I’m thrilled to see the build come out within the adjusted schedule (here’s about 900 or so posts on the topic if you want some backstory on the issue), and I know the team back at Sling HQ must be pretty happy with the launch – way to go y’all.
As I’m not a Mac guy myself, I don’t have a review to offer up, but it’s already being mentioned on TUAW, RealTechNews, and my friend Dave Zatz managed to get a post up just before sneaking off to bed (poor East coaster). To get an unbiased account of the software, check out the very in-depth review one of the beta testers wrote here.