Sling to offer £25 discount on new Slingbox
If you own the original model
In a bid to boost upgrade sales, Sling Media is to offer owners of its original Slingbox TV-over-the-net box £25 off the price of a more recent model.
Sling said it was making the offer to allow punters to "take advantage of next generation software and services that will only be supported when using the most current Slingbox products".
Sling's original Slingbox: no longer up to snuff
"Your current Slingbox will still work without the upgrade," Sling pledged, but warned: "Software like SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone and future services will only be supported for customers using the Slingbox Solo and Slingbox Pro products."
To take advantage of the deal, Slingbox owners will need to enter their box's serial number into a special form on Sling UK's website and if the unit is one that qualifies for the upgrade easer, they'll get a discount code that can be used to buy either a Slingbox Solo or Slingbox Pro online from Amazon.
The original Slingbox, later rebranded the Slingbox Classic, was launched in the US in 2005 and arrived over here the following year. The Pro and Solo were released in the UK in 2007. ®
Screwing the customer
Sling now hard at work screwing the customer.
I don't mind screwing the iPhone folks but I might want one of the future products that requires a new (read different) box. They've not been very successful in even getting users to use the version 2 PC slingplayer, having removed bits of useful functionality.
They have tied the new player to a set of US only functions and changed the box addressing method to allow them much greater visibility into what the user is watching, always a bad sign.
Hava here I come.
PS. the discount means the box is only slightly more expensive than at Amazon.