Sling Media has finally made good on its promise to bring the software that controls 'placeshifting' devices for watching TV on your computer to the Mac.

The SlingPlayer software for Mac OS X has been released as a public beta version in the US and Canada, with customers able to download the software from Sling's website.

The SlingBox connects to your home entertainment system and wires into your computer network using an ethernet connection. With SlingMedia installed, you can control your home TV from any Mac connected to the internet almost anywhere in the world, according to the company.

A software remote control lets you programme favourite channels, change viewing modes, and use 'SlingStream' to optimise your broadband connection to deliver the best video stream.

Sling Media said it is working to offer support for other regions beside the US and Canada "in the near future".