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SlingPlayer Mobile launches on Android phones

New app lets Android smartphone owners with Slingbox devices watch live and recorded shows from their home TVs on their mobile phones.

SlingPlayer Mobile has hit the Android market.

Sling Media's $29.99 app, released Tuesday, lets Android users with Slingbox devices control their home TVs and DVRs to watch live or recorded content on their smartphones.

Users must have a Slingbox Solo, Pro, or Pro-HD device and can connect through a 3G, 4G, or Wi-Fi network.

The new Android version of SlingPlayer Mobile joins the company's other SlingPlayer apps for the iPhone, Palm OS, Symbian, and BlackBerry.

SlingPlayer Mobile hits the Android market.
SlingPlayer Mobile hits the Android market. Sling Media

SlingPlayer Mobile offers faster start-up and response times than its other mobile versions, according to Sling Media, and sports a new interface with quicker access to popular remote control features and recently viewed channels.

The app is designed for a specific group of Android phones. But Sling Media is encouraging users with any Android device, including ones not listed on its site, to try SlingPlayer Mobile. If the app doesn't work or the person isn't satisfied, the company is promising a full refund within 24 hours of downloading.

"Now the full spectrum of viewing, including local channels and sports teams, video on demand, pay per view and even control of their home DVR, is available to the growing number of people moving to Android," Sling Media General Manager John Gilmore said in a statement.

The app is available from the Android Market in a range of countries, including Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, the U.K, and the U.S.