agree, the request for update is really annoying! i've a sling pro and by clicking the set up, there is actually no software update, it's essentially asking you to watch your slingbox via the sling web site. why would one want to login to watch instead of a slingplayer?
anyway, looks like sling knows the problem the following website http://support.slingbox.com/go/downloads-mac which states:
"...If you are still using the desktop version of SlingPlayer for Mac, you will receive a software update notification for the next few weeks. That application is no longer being developed and, if you are using it with a Slingbox SOLO or Slingbox PRO-HD, you are missing out on the new web-based SlingPlayer and the lastest Slingbox Software updates. These updates are required if you are using SlingPlayer Mobile for iPad.
To get those updates, you will need to use Watch on Slingbox.com. Just click on the button above.
We will be turning off this notification soon. If you have an older Slingbox that requires you to use the desktop version of SlingPlayer for Mac, we're sorry for the inconvenience of that update message. The desktop version of SlingPlayer for Mac has not been updated. We just have a brand new (and better) player option for those with the latest Slingbox models."
I think I just wrote up another thread regarding this exact same problem ( I found this link only after I posted it) :
Can we please just get rid of that dang dialog box, or have us decide once and have it remember that decision?
I just tried an oldschool technique that seems to be working.
Edit your /etc/hosts file to add the following line:
That will redirect all request to that URL to your bit null interface.
You wont be able to visit the site from your computer at all, but neither will any application.
Make sure to ping downloads.slingmedia.com after you save the change to verify it pings 127.0.0.1
I did it about an hour ago and so far no stupid popups.
I found that url in the file ~/Library/Preferences/SlingMedia/_update.ini
It is a text file.
After this move by sling media. I think I'll be taking my business to Monsoon.
They seem to want to force people to watch on sling.com
Sling also advertises that they have "place shifting" solutions for CATV providers. Looks like they are trying to have their tech built into CATV set-top boxes. Seems like that is related to forcing people to watch on sling.com.
All of that seems to me like eventually they are either going to charge a monthly fee to view on sling.com or push advertising on it. Why else would the take on the expense of hosting the video servers?
I have no problem with a company trying to make money. I am not happy that Sling is trying to do with with bait and switch.
I've never used the web vieweing (I only have a sling classic, myself).
As I recall, Dish Network bought out SlingMedia. I know that my Dish receiver just happens to have an ethernet port built into the back.
I suspect what they are doing it is not actually hosting video on their servers... but more likely just a URL redirect to your specific slingbox, which would act as the server when you web sling.
I don't use that slingbox ID; I never did. Instead, I use a dynamic DNS... so no matter what IP Qwest assigns me, I'm always located at
In the slingbox software, I simply tell it to use that as the URL and my chosen port... enter the magic password... and viola: I'm watching my slingbox. I then put the Sling software (for both Mac and PC) on a USB thumbdrive, and simply carry that with me when I travel.
I suspect that the web version of the slingboxes just redirects in a similar way, just thru your web browser instead of a separate application (so no need to carry that USB drive anymore).
Personally, I find it amazing that Sling thought up that whole slingBox ID thing when a dynamic DNS solution was all they _ever_ needed to do: for example: you could be whatever_name_I_originally_selected_goes_here.slingbox.com or similar...
Of course,I'm just speculating: I only have a Slingbox classic, and it can't do the webby version.
I'm not getting that message and I'm using the old version same as OP. They must have disabled those messages?
I like the fact that I can use the web version *mostly* anywhere, but I *hate* that we're losing the choice to use either the web version OR a desktop version. I say mostly because a plugin is usually needed and if I'm not on *my* computer, I might not have access or the permissions to install that plugin. Also the so-called *newer* versions don't allow me to use Safari or Firefox 64-bit versions. I'm not going to run them in 32-bit mode *just* to view my Slingbox. Ridiculous!
Also I'm stuck using Firmware Version: 1.3.170 because the *latest* causes video stuttering and this is a reported problem on certain boxes that hasn't been fixed.