Slingbox is about to go social. Users will soon be able to stream live television through Facebook, as a new video demonstration shows.
While the service looks broadly similar to the old-fashioned version available at Slingbox.com, maker Sling Media has tossed in a handful of social features -- just as you'd expect from a Facebook app.
As you can see from the video, once you've installed the SlingPlayer app on your Facebook profile, you can login, select the relevant Slingbox on your account and start watching live TV right there. You can flick the Facebook player to fullscreen if you wish, and share and comment on what you're watching with your friends via a status update. More social and sharing features are promised in future updates.
While the Facebook SlingPlayer service will be coming to the US "very soon" (for users with Slingbox Solo and Slingbox Pro-HD models) there's no mention of it on Slingbox's UK site, so it could well be the case that we end up waiting a while for this feature to cross the pond. Bah.
For the uninitiated, the Slingbox is connected to your home TV, set-top box and other devices as well as your router, and streams video directly from there to anywhere in the world (well, anywhere with a decent Internet connection). To control what you're watching, you can bring up a virtual remote control, which commands your TV and connected devices just like the real thing.