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SlingPlayer Mobile 1.1 for iPhone makes it to App Store

SlingPlayer Mobile 1.1 for iPhone makes it to App Store

Sling Media's new version of SlingPlayer Mobile for the iPhone and iPod touch, version 1.1, has been approved by Apple.  That means users of the place-shifting TV streamers can now watch footage in true widescreen, as well having native DISH Network control with a new on-device navigation app.  The new version also improves response times, so the whole experience should be snappier.

Unfortunately there's still no 3G support, so you're limited to using a WiFi connection to get your remote viewing fix.  Sling did submit a version of the SlingPlayer Mobile app to Apple which supports 3G connections, albeit intended only for international markets rather than in the US, but there's no word on whether that too has been approved or is still mired in the bowels of Cupertino.

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SlingPlayer Mobile 1.1 adds native iPhone DISH control, international 3G support

SlingPlayer Mobile 1.1 adds native iPhone DISH control, international 3G support

Whether or not there's PR leverage to be had in prematurely announcing your submission to Apple's App Store approval process remains to be seen, but it does give us a sneak-peak as to what's (hopefully) coming down the pipe.  Sling Media have tipped us on their latest iPhone and iPod touch app, SlingPlayer Mobile 1.1, which now includes full 16:9 widescreen support (i.e. that takes up the whole width of the display) and improved DISH Network integration.

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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