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AT&T blocking iPhone SlingPlayer 3G in advance of own rival service?

AT&T blocking iPhone SlingPlayer 3G in advance of own rival service?

We loved SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone but hated AT&T's 3G network-access limitations when we reviewed the app earlier this week.  At the time, we suggested that AT&T were discretely uncertain that their 3G network could hold up to thousands of iPhone users streaming video from their Slingboxes; now, according to a Gizmodo tipster, there's another reason on the table.  AT&T is said to be working on its own, rival system, called i-Verse.

SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone review

SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone review

Sling Media’s much awaited SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone is finally here and available for purchase in the iTunes App Store.  The price is $29.99, which is on par with SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows, Blackberry and Symbian. The only two differences between SlingPlayer for iPhone and the other platforms are all-touch navigation and the crippling of streaming over 3G and EDGE data connection.  Streaming shows from a SlingBox to the iPhone anywhere and anytime is the primary reason to shell out $30 for an app.  With AT&T playing the Terms and Condition card against Sling Media (see below), forcing their hands to disable 3G in order to pass through the App Store, it renders the app completely useless when you’re not in a WiFi zone.

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BlackBerry SlingPlayer Mobile gets official

BlackBerry SlingPlayer Mobile gets official

Sling Media have released the official SlingPlayer Mobile app for BlackBerry, which allows RIM smartphone users to stream content from their Slingbox directly to their handset.  As well as watching streams, users are also able to add and edit Slingboxes and Channel Favorites directly from the mobile app.

The BlackBerry SlingPlayer Mobile application was launched as a beta release at the end of last year.  Downloads until now have been free; however this official release is priced at $29.99 with a 30-day free trial.

CES 2009: DISH Network unviels SlingLoaded Vip 922

CES 2009: DISH Network unviels SlingLoaded Vip 922

DISH Network Corporation has unveiled the world’s first “SlingLoaded” HD DuoDVR, the award-winning ViP 922. The Vip 922 is the first high definition video recorder to incorporate placeshifting technology. This device was build by EchoStar Technologies and DISH Network as an entertainment centerpiece that combines 1080p Video on Demand and 100 percent, all-HD suite of programming packages available today.

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SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry public beta starts Dec 30th

SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry public beta starts Dec 30th

Sling have set a release date for the SlingPlayer Mobile software for BlackBerry smartphones, first announced at the beginning of 2008.  The software, which allows you to watch streamed video from your SlingBox over a WiFi or 3G connection, will go into public beta come December 30th, at which point it will be available to download for those with BlackBerry handsets running OS 4.5.

 

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SlingLink Wireless adapter for SlingCatcher pops up then is pulled

SlingLink Wireless adapter for SlingCatcher pops up then is pulled

Someone at Sling Media have been playing peek-a-boo with the company's much-anticipated SlingLink Wireless adapter, the WiFi dongle that would let users cut the cord between their SlingCatcher and their router.  The USB stick appeared overnight on Sling's UK website but, when contacted for details, the company themselves claimed ignorance and promptly pulled the page; you can check out the cached page here.

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SlingCatcher reviewed: Core functionality great, some rough edges

SlingCatcher reviewed: Core functionality great, some rough edges

Sling Media's SlingCatcher has only been officially shipping since this morning, but already Sling Community have their review posted.  The SlingCatcher works a little like a SlingBox in reverse, displaying content either from one of the company's own streamers, from a computer running the supplied SlingProjector software, or from an attached storage device.  The review breaks down the media player into each of these three categories, and for its primary function of gobbling up SlingBox content it looks like the SlingCatcher is a winner.

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