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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 20 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 20 2009

We kicked off the week with a review of Sony's OLED Walkman X, coming away mighty impressed by its iPod-besting audio quality.  Equally impressive was Flip Video's Ultra HD pocket camcorder; if only we could say the same for SlingPlayer Mobile for the iPhone.  While on paper this media-shifting app should be a 100-percent winner, AT&T's decision to bar streaming over their 3G network has left us and many would-be users upset.

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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