SlingPlayer on the iPhone
Good news for the iPhone owners. Sling Media (company providing hardware and software solutions for streaming) released the very expected SlingPlayer Mobile application for the iPhone and iPod. The application will work over AT&T’s 3G network. Ralph de la Vega (AT&T Mobility CEO), stated about Sling Media: “They made important changes to more efficiently use 3G network bandwidth and conserve wireless spectrum so that we were able to support the app on our 3G mobile broadband network.”
AT&T performed several tests of the application since December 2009 and they finnaly optimized it to run on over 3G networks. At first streaming was only available using Wi-fi technology. They announced the release of the app a few weeks ago but the application was just approved by Apple.
There are a few things people must get used to. First is the price, as SlingPlayer costs $29.99 which I think it’s a bit expensive for just an iPhone application. Second it won’t word as a standalone app, you need to buy also a Sling Box hardware solution. The application will connect to that device and end users will be able to watch videos, TV shows and many other video content anywhere on their mobile phone. For example, a Sling Box connected to a TV in New York is able to serve a local TV show to the mobile phone of a fan located in Boston.
Here is the SlingBox Setup:
The iPhone has been showing good quality videos stored on it’s internal memory or played through WiFi but didn’t performed nicely over 3G networks so if AT&T’s traffic can manage live streaming the iPhone may be used as a small TV. iPad shall be the next step and people will be able to watch live programming on this device over the 3G networks.