SlingPlayer Mobile Will Debut on the iPhone But Crippled

sling-iphone-09-smTalk about a crazy saga. The saga of the SlingPlayer Mobile app for the iPhone is one for the history books. Previewed at CES2009 with lots of fanfare, and then talked about incessantly since, the App has seen a long (too long) delay in getting approved in by Apple, and presumably AT&T.

If you recall AT&T slipped some changes into their Terms of Service that seemed to prohibit streaming media, but that was rescinded in the midst of a public outcry.

Nevertheless, it appears that SlingPlayer Mobile will be available tomorrow at a cost of $29.99 and it will be crippled. Meaning, the streaming can only take place over WiFi and not 3G (or EDGE for that matter.) AT&T must be terrified and Apple must be conceding here as this makes absolutely no sense when you consider that AT&T’s pipes allow SlingPlayer Mobile on other phones. It raises the question pretty clearly, Why, on the world’s coolest phone on the supposed best network (HA!) can’t you have the same features and software that you can on any other?

Via Engadget

4 Comments

  1. Gary

    05/12/2009 at 1:50 pm

    This is so lame of AT&T and Apple, its not funny. I mean, part of me is inclined to say that I’ll just break out my Cradlepoint router & Sprint USB modem and get around that. However, as an iPhone owner, and for the premium that we pay for the data service…they’ve got some #$%^ #$%^& locking out 3G access when it is available on so many other devices. For that, as much of a loyal Sling user as I am…I won’t spend the $30 on the app unless I can use it anywhere there is 3G coverage. You S*CK AT&T!

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  2. mrpacs

    05/12/2009 at 2:35 pm

    I refuse to buy a $30 crippled Slingplayer app. Either add 3G or reduce the price to ~ $10 and I’ll buy it either way. Very disappointing.

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  3. Xavier

    05/12/2009 at 3:15 pm

    I really liked the Sling Player app when I saw it at CES, but I’m really disappointed that it won’t work over 3G.
    I think Gary has it right- I’ll be using my Cradlepoint/Compass 597 to watch my SlingBox on the road.

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  4. Gary

    05/13/2009 at 9:43 am

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