Slingbox drops support for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

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It appears that Slingbox no longer supports the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick for their Slingplayer app. The app first arrived on the platform in late 2014, but it has now been removed from the Fire TV appstore. Users with the app installed are reporting the Slingplayer app no longer loads. Amazon’s support is telling customers that the app is no longer supported. Changes in the latest 5.2.1.0 Fire TV software update may be the source of the app’s new incompatibility, which means we may see the app return once these issues are adressed.

Update

6/28/2016: The Slingplayer app has just been re-released.
7/1/2016: The Slingplayer app has now been removed again.
7/6/2016: The Slingplayer app is back once again.

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  1. Gerard Pinzone says:

    I have three older Fire TVs. Two with the old firmware and one with rbox’s latest release. None of them work. It’s not the OS. There’s some kind of kill switch in the app. It’s not on the Amazon Appstore anymore, but I still have a backup of the apk. I would bet there’s some kind of verification that’s done by calling Amazon to check if it’s licensed. This app was not a paid app, so I;m not sure why it was written that way, but it’s in there. I wish I knew how to patch the apk to remove the check. I bet the app would still work.

    • Ken says:

      6/27/16-As of 10:30AM PST tech support at Slingplayer told me that they were aware of the problem and are working on it. Other posts suggest that they will be posting a “fix” today (6/28). I asked for additional details but none were forthcoming like:
      1) Will it be posted as a new app on Amazon?
      2) Do I need to uninstall the old app?

  2. hifidigital says:

    Slingbox is supposedly working on it…very frustrating!

    https://twitter.com/Slingbox/status/746057507462733824

  3. Michelangelo says:

    I wonder if the $14.99 SlingPlayer app on the Amazon store would work ??

  4. Gerard Pinzone says:

    According to Slingbox, there may be an updated app by tomorrow: https://twitter.com/Slingbox/status/747472537190170624

    FireTV/Slingplayer: we plan to release an updated, working app for Slingplayer/FireTV tomorrow at the earliest. Thank you for your patience!

  5. Ujn Hunter says:

    Thank you digital future! Love that things can just stop functioning by throwing a switch!

  6. Gerard Pinzone says:

    Version 3.0.9 was just released. It works on my older Fire TV OS box. It should work for them all.

  7. Justin says:

    The app was updated and working for a couple of days. As of today (July 2nd), there is an extra Slingplayer app automatically installed on my Fire TV that says “this app is not associated with your Amazon account”, but works. The original one doesn’t work and won’t completely uninstall. The Fire Stick that I own I accidentally uninstalled that “extra” Slingplayer app and now I can’t use anything. There is no evidence of the app in a form that is compatible with Fire TV or Fire Stick at this time. It seems the updated app was pulled as well.

  8. Shanbaum says:

    Started working for me again on July 4 – Fire TV. Lost it on June 24. I noticed the superfluous, apparently older, app; it appears to be innocuous.

  9. Charlie says:

    It is now 2017……Can anyone tell me if slingplayer will work on the firestick (before I buy one) ????

  10. MartyK says:

    “Slingbox drops support for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick”

    THIS IS NOT TRUE.

  11. Wamutico says:

    Can you guys share the app ?

    • Dustin Gillock says:

      I have extracted a copy of Slingplayer 3.0.9 from a Firestick to install on my new FireTV since it is no longer available on Amazon store. I successfully did it with ADB over LAN using a Windows PC. If you need it, reply to this with your email, FTP site or website that you want me to upload a copy of the APK. All you have to do at that point is put the apk in an android device and sideload it using “apps to fire” that is free on Google Playstore.

      • Adele Clingman says:

        I would love a copy please

        • Dustin Gillock says:

          I do not see a place to send the apk to you in your reply.

        • Dustin Gillock says:

          OK, I have an idea. I put the extracted copy of Slingplayer 3.0.9 on a USB stick. Then I plugged it into the USB port on my home Netgear router and turned on the HTTP server and FTP server linked to that USB stick. You can temporarily access that USB stick at:

          https://73.206.112.75/shares/T_Drive/

          unless my ISP changes my WAN IP address. When you hit that link, my Netgear router may respond to your browser with a warning page about the connection not being private. You will have to click the ADVANCED link at the bottom, then click “Proceed to 73.206.112.75 (unsafe)”. I don’t know why my router does this but that is all the resistance you will get. I have turned off the password protection to the USB stick too.

          When the green webpage comes up, you will see multiple folders of movies, songs, etc on the USB stick. Click the folder “Slingbox for FireTV”. Inside there I placed the extracted app. The app is called “base.apk” This is the name it had when I extracted it so I left it alone in case it has to be named like that in order to install it.

          If you click on it, your computer should download it automatically directly from my USB stick. Do not install it on your computer. It is an APK file designed to be installed on android devices ONLY!! Your Firestick, FireTV, etc runs on android platform, thus, this is file has to be an APK file.

          I don’t know how to copy it directly to the Firestick and install it from there, so here is what I did. Once you have it on your computer, copy it to an android device like a phone or tablet using the USB charging cable that came with your device (could be microUSB or USB-C). Then install it. Now, download “apps to fire” which is a free app on Google Playstore that sideloads apps to your Firestick products over your home Wifi. Install that too. Remember, this version of Slingplayer is an APK that is designed for the Fire products, not your touchscreen phone or tablet. You have to install it on your android device for the sole purpose of sideloading it to your Firestick. You can uninstall it from your android device when you are done.

          To use the “apps to fire” app, you need the local IP address of your firestick. Bring up the firestick on your TV, go to settings, go to ABOUT, go to Network, then take note of the local IP address of the firestick. Type that IP address in your “apps to fire” settings tab that is on the far right (scroll right on the top to bring settings into view). Then go back to the left when done and tap on your LOCAL files tab. You should see a list of all of your locally installed apps which should include your 12Meg Slingplayer app. Click on that app and sideload it to your Firestick. It is rather slow to install, but when it is done, you should be able to hold down the HOME button on your Firestick remote and see “APPS”. Click on APPS to bring up the next window revealing all of the apps that are currently installed on your Firestick. Slingplayer will be in there and ready to open if you sideloaded it correctly.

          Your welcome!!!

          • Alan says:

            Dustin…..Worked Perfectly….I did factory resets on both my Fire TV & Stick, then went to reload the SlingPlayer from Amazon and it wasn’t available…..YOU SAVED ME!

          • Ronald Krueger says:

            Dustin, I was able to download your base.apk file, transferred the file to my android phone and used appstofire and uploaded to my firestick which all went well. I opened the slingplayaer app on my firestick and the app opened be said I did not own this app and asked me to quit. Now what?

            I also tried uploading another working slingplayer app on my phone to to the firestick and I have no way to accept the licensing terms because I do not have a keyboard. I can scroll down through the terms but I cannot get to the ACCEPT button. Any ideas short on buying a Bluetooth keyboard and pairing it?

          • Dustin Gillock says:

            Ronald, tried sideloading the latest Slingplayer from my Android phone as my 1st option and had the same disappointing results with the inability to hit the ACCEPT button. It is just not a compatible version for the firestick really. So, I had to research and execute the extraction method from a firestick that already had it installed. I was successful (and others too) with this because I was using the same Amazon login email for my new FireTV that was used for the old firestick. I did not get the force closed message that you did because Amazon’s servers show that my Amazon login email already “owns” the free app. It even looked like it was available for download on my new FireTV from Amazon’s app cloud, but it wasn’t there anymore when I hit “YOU OWN IT, DOWNLOAD IT”. So, despite the absence of the app in their app store, my Amazon login still has the “owning rights” to use it from the initial install. If you have never downloaded it and installed the free app on a previous device or if you are using a different Amazon login than you were using when you installed it previously, you may not ever be able to get past that error because that is an Amazon server licensing issue, not a problem with the app itself.

          • Dustin Gillock says:

            Ronald, you might want to try logging into amazon.com and search Slingplayer and there is a free version on there than you can download to you device or download to your amazon account cloud. I would try download to amazon cloud to bind it to your account. This will make your login “own” it. If it happens to be the same free version that I shared with you, you may be in business. Please let everyone know if you come up with a successful way to “own” the Slingplayer app I am sharing with everyone since it is no longer available in the Amazon store.

      • Keith Fountain says:

        Please send my a copy of the slingplayer app.

        • Dustin Gillock says:

          I do not see a place to send the apk to you in your reply. Please advise how/where you would like to receive it

        • Dustin Gillock says:

          OK, I have an idea. I put the extracted copy of Slingplayer 3.0.9 on a USB stick. Then I plugged it into the USB port on my home Netgear router and turned on the HTTP server and FTP server linked to that USB stick. You can temporarily access that USB stick at:

          https://73.206.112.75/shares/T_Drive/

          unless my ISP changes my WAN IP address. When you hit that link, my Netgear router may respond to your browser with a warning page about the connection not being private. You will have to click the ADVANCED link at the bottom, then click “Proceed to 73.206.112.75 (unsafe)”. I don’t know why my router does this but that is all the resistance you will get. I have turned off the password protection to the USB stick too.

          When the green webpage comes up, you will see multiple folders of movies, songs, etc on the USB stick. Click the folder “Slingbox for FireTV”. Inside there I placed the extracted app. The app is called “base.apk” This is the name it had when I extracted it so I left it alone in case it has to be named like that in order to install it.

          If you click on it, your computer should download it automatically directly from my USB stick. Do not install it on your computer. It is an APK file designed to be installed on android devices ONLY!! Your Firestick, FireTV, etc runs on android platform, thus, this is file has to be an APK file.

          I don’t know how to copy it directly to the Firestick and install it from there, so here is what I did. Once you have it on your computer, copy it to an android device like a phone or tablet using the USB charging cable that came with your device (could be microUSB or USB-C). Then install it. Now, download “apps to fire” which is a free app on Google Playstore that sideloads apps to your Firestick products over your home Wifi. Install that too. Remember, this version of Slingplayer is an APK that is designed for the Fire products, not your touchscreen phone or tablet. You have to install it on your android device for the sole purpose of sideloading it to your Firestick. You can uninstall it from your android device when you are done.

          To use the “apps to fire” app, you need the local IP address of your firestick. Bring up the firestick on your TV, go to settings, go to ABOUT, go to Network, then take note of the local IP address of the firestick. Type that IP address in your “apps to fire” settings tab that is on the far right (scroll right on the top to bring settings into view). Then go back to the left when done and tap on your LOCAL files tab. You should see a list of all of your locally installed apps which should include your 12Meg Slingplayer app. Click on that app and sideload it to your Firestick. It is rather slow to install, but when it is done, you should be able to hold down the HOME button on your Firestick remote and see “APPS”. Click on APPS to bring up the next window revealing all of the apps that are currently installed on your Firestick. Slingplayer will be in there and ready to open if you sideloaded it correctly.

          Your welcome!!!

      • Roy says:

        Hi can I have a copy please ?

        • Ronald Krueger says:

          If you have successfully copied Slingplayer from a your old firestick to your new firestick I would definitely appreciate your procedure. I am very computer knowledgeable a would like to know how you copied it.

          • Dustin Gillock says:

            Ok sir, I sent it to your email that you specified twice…once with the .apk as attachment, then the second time I put the .apk in a zip folder because I got a failure auto reply due to the .apk being an executable file (high threat similar to .exe files on a windows platform). Well bad news, it still failed again…even zipped up. You are going to have to get it off of my USB stick. See the previous notes I wrote yesterday. There is a link to my USB stick that is still plugged into my home Wifi router. Follow the instructions on that previous post. It is apparently working fine for others on the feed according the a reply I just read today.

        • Dustin Gillock says:

          I do not see a place to send you the apk. Please give me an email, FTP site, Dropbox location, something like that

        • Dustin Gillock says:

          I would beed a location to send it to you. Email that can receive 12 meg files, ftp site, Dropbox, etc. Google email will not allow over 5megs per email I think. Yahoo is probably the same. I have successfully sent it to coworkers’ because our email doesnt have small cap like that.

          • Ronald Krueger says:

            I linked my google account to my new dropbox
            “kruegercaptron@gmail.com” can you send me the file?

        • Dustin Gillock says:

          See the above instructions I wrote to another person on this feed regarding where I put it and how to install it. Here is the link to the USB drive where I stored it. When you click this, go to Advanced, then click Proceed to 73.206.112.75, then click the folder “Slingplayer for FireTV” then click the file called “base.apk” and your computer should download it. Cheers!

          https://73.206.112.75/shares/T_Drive/

      • Mike Maheno says:

        Thank you for the updated info.
        Can you please send the.apk

        • Adele Clingman says:

          Please email me a copy. Many thanks

          • Dustin says:

            Post an email address that doesnt have size cap and I will send it. Otherwise you can still get it off of my USB stick that it plugged into my home Netgear WiFi router. See other recent posts for the link and instructions

          • Mike Maheno says:

            Dustin,

            Thank you. I downloaded from your USB stick.
            Appreciate your help.

            I will try and let you know. Wont be until tomorrow.

            Have had no issues with this on any of my other 4 firesticks. Wondering if it is just not compatable with the new 4K firestick, that was just released. I get the app sideloaded, just can’t agree to the terms.

            Just need to click on “I agree” and think it should work. I tried to get a mouse app to work and it wouldn’t. Maybe once they are updated, it should work.

            The 4K was just released this week.

            Any thoughts?

          • Dustin Gillock says:

            Make sure you are sideloading the 12Mb version. The 25Mb version is designed for touchscreen devices. The 12Mb version is the 3.0.9 Slingplayer for FireTV.

    • Dustin Gillock says:

      If you happen to have the app on another Firestick or FireTV already and just want to extract it and install it on another device when it is no longer available on the Amazon store, try this method. It is very easy and it works…I am a novice software guy and I can do it, so anyone can do it:
      http://www.aftvnews.com/how-to-transfer-amazon-fire-tv-apps-to-a-fire-tv-stick/

    • Dustin Gillock says:

      If you are still interested, see the instructions I wrote to another person on this feed regarding where I put it and how to install it. Here is the link to the USB drive where I stored it. When you click this, go to Advanced, then click Proceed to 73.206.112.75, then click the folder “Slingplayer for FireTV” then click the file called “base.apk” and your computer should download it. Cheers!

      https://73.206.112.75/shares/T_Drive/

  12. Gary Bowers says:

    The app works pretty well for me on new Firessticks and Fire TV. However, it disconnects often. Reconnecting is just a few taps on the home button on the remote, however every time it reconnects, it defaults to basic/lowest video quality.

    Does anyone know if/how I can set the video quality higher as a default when the app opens?

  13. Adele Clingman says:

    Will it work with the firetv cube

  14. Robert Derstine says:

    Same question: Will slingplayer app work with the new Fire Cube? I have a slingbox 500.

  15. ron says:

    has slingplayer app been dropped again from firestick.

    • Former amazon customer says:

      I also do not see the Slingplayer app through the Fire TV. It is on the Amazon web site, but i cannot send it to the device, it has a red X.

    • Dustin Gillock says:

      It is no longer in the FireTV store. But there is hope if you have access to a Firestick that already has it installed. You can extract it with Windows PC or MAC and then sideload it with an android device using “apps to fire” which is a free app on Google Playstore. Here is the procedure:
      http://www.aftvnews.com/how-to-transfer-amazon-fire-tv-apps-to-a-fire-tv-stick/

      Or you can reply to this with your email address and I will send my extracted apk to you.

      • Matt says:

        Can you upload somewhere and post the link there? I don’t want to give our my email address to the entire internet. :)

        • Dustin Gillock says:

          Matt, yes sir, I already did it. I put it on a USB stick and plugged it into my home Netgear router and turned on the server. Please read the previous lengthy instructions posted in this feed on how you can download it directly from my USB stick and then sideload it.
          The link to my USB stick is https://73.206.112.75/shares/T_Drive/ and I will leave it plugged in. This link will be valid for as long as my ISP does not change my WAN IP address.

          If anyone else is reading this reply, please do not leave me your email on this feed. It keeps failing when I email it to people, sometimes for reason of size, sometimes for reason of it being an android executable that is flagged for potential threat. Downloading the file named “base.apk” from from my USB stick in the “Slingplayer for FireTV” folder in the link that I provided is easiest way that I could come up with to share this with everyone on this feed. Apparently this file is hard to come by, so I am happy to share it with all of you.

  16. hhopmarc921@gmail.com says:

    i tried sideloading the app to my firetv stick, an amazon representative did it for me, but no luck, he downloaded 2 apk’s and every time he open the app, it will force close, he even tried clearing data and cache but no luck. He contacted sling media and they’ve confirmed it.

  17. Reggie says:

    Dustin,
    Can you send it to me at reggieg@dgmllc.com please. i have no cap.
    thanks
    Reggie

  18. Matt Jamison says:

    The app is back in the store as of 10/30/2018. The one Dustin was sending out is not the one that is made for Fire TV.

    • Ronald Krueger says:

      Downloaded Slingplayer App and it works. Thank YOU for posting

    • Dustin Gillock says:

      Matt, thank you for posting.
      I must say the version I posted is 3.0.9 and is definitely made for FireTV. Trust me, I am using it right now on all 7 of my devices (6 firesticks and 1 FireTV) However, I appreciate this comment immensely as it makes me aware that Amazon has restored the ability to simply download it from the store. FYI, I just tested your statement of app availability by deleting the app from my FireTV and then searching for it from the store. It was there again as you stated, Yay! It was the same version 3.0.9 that I have been sharing, so no upgrade at this time but that’s ok. Matt, open your app that you claim is different than the 12Mb version 3.0.9 that I am sharing and go to settings to see if you have something later than the 2015 version 3.0.9 and if you do, please share it. I will go ahead and turn off the link to my USB stick now since everyone can fet it from the store now. Happy sigh, maybe it is back in the store partly due to the nasty messages I and others have sent Amazon making them aware of the jewel they removed from the store. At any rate, Happy Slingboxing!

  19. Brandon says:

    The Slingplayer for Fire TV app is unavailable for the new Amazon Fire Stick 4K… Anyone know if this will be resolved?

    • Regan says:

      I have the same issue, not sure if they haven’t done an update to be compatible or not. Just bought my first fire stick, the 4K as well yesterday just for the Slingplayer App. Thought it was something I was doing wrong. Not impressed that I can’t us it as said. Hope there is a fix soon

      • Michael Maheno says:

        I’ve had no issues using the Slingplayer app on any of the earlier versions of the Firestick. Just the new version.

        I sideloaded the app and it is on there, I just need to figure how to accept the terms and I should be good.
        Perhaps, install a mouse app.

        Ffor you, buy an older version. It works perfect.

        • Dustin Gillock says:

          If you are sideloading your 25Mb version of slingplayer that you use on a touchscreen device, you are going to have a tough time accepting the terms for usage. You have to install the 12Mb version 3.0.9 that I have been sharing that is designed for Firestick onto your touchscreen device in order for it to show up in your LOCAL APPS tab in the APPS TO FIRE app. Sideload that version on your new 4K FireTV and see if you have better luck.

          • Mike Maheno says:

            Dustin,

            Sideloaded your version today. Works like a charm on the new 4K firestick.

            Thank you so much for your help.

            I, like you, have been using Slingbox for many years and travel with a Fire Stick, as well as have them on my televisions.

            Didn’t know why the app wasn’t working with the new 4K. Still don’t. Doesn’t matter. Working now. All good.

            Again, thank you.

            Thanks to you

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