SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone Works Well Enough on iPad

When the Slingbox folks first released SlingPlayer Mobile for the iPhone, I was one of the many folks who resisted picking it up simply because it didn’t work on 3G at the time. I did change my mind once that 3G restriction was lifted and plopped down the $29.99 for the App. Like many who enjoy using a Slingbox and also have an iPad, I’ve been eagerly awaiting a release of SlingPlayer mobile for the iPad. There’s been no real word on when that will occur.

So, this afternoon I had some catching up on work to do at my office while we have a matinee performance of Striking 12 going on, and I thought, what the heck. I’ll see how the iPhone App works on the iPad. I installed it, and lo and behold it works pretty darn well.

It’s not a universal App, so in order to take advantage of the iPad’s screen, you need to use the pixel doubling routine. You don’t get the clearest picture using that method, and it certainly isn’t HD, but for watching a little football while I’m getting some work done, it works well enough.

I”d still like to see the SlingBox folks step it up a knotch with an iPad app, but for the time being this is working just fine, and I’m not having to spring for another copy of the App.

Comments

  1. Gary says

    Yep. I’m with you and actually did the same thing today. Not sure what they are waiting on…I’ve almost given up. If they get the video compression anything even close to some of the awesome apps that are out there (Youtube, ABC), that will just be phenomenal.

  2. ed says

    My guess is that they are waiting for iOS 4.XX for the iPad. That’s still 2 months away. I would gladly pay the $30 now if Sling would guarantee a free upgrade to the iPad version when it finally comes out. I will not pay for it twice.

  3. D says

    Who are you kidding? The Slingplayer mobile app is terrible on the iPhone/iPod and unwatchable on the iPad. I am willing to give them another chance though to see how a iPad app will do, All I want to do is to watch tv on my network with their app and so far, as compared to my laptop, it stinks.

  4. Atish Nischal says

    Just to put these number in perspective, Apple sells 8M iPhones a quarter. If Samsung really manages to sell 10M Galaxy S by the end of the year, it’ll sell around 30% as many Androids as Apple sells iPhones. Now, apple might increase the iPhone sales rate, but we need to remember that the Galaxy only came out in the second quarter.
    Very impressive achievement for Samsung.

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