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  • SlingPlayer Now Officially Enabled on 3G!


    Today, Apple finally approved the 3G-streaming capable version of the popular TV-streaming iPhone application, SlingPlayer [iTunes link]. As most of us know, Sling, Apple, and AT&T and previously tussled over the concept of streaming live TV over AT&T's 3G bands, as they had suspected that it would place to much strain on the network, especially with the popularity of the iPhone. However, just like their recent lift on the VoIP ban, which AT&T anticipated would keep people from using their AT&T minutes by using a service like Skype to make calls instead, AT&T seem to have lifted this "live TV streaming" ban as well. Until now, only jailbreakers who had paid for a premium app such as 3G Unrestrictor or My3G were able to stream Sling over the 3G airwaves, but it looks like today, everyone is free to watch Sling on their iPhone at their leisure.

    I can also personally confirm that streaming works on EDGE as well (this is good for you T-Mobile customers =])
    This article was originally published in forum thread: SlingPlayer Now Officially Enabled on 3G! started by n00neimp0rtant View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. vampr's Avatar
      vampr -
      Quote Originally Posted by n00neimp0rtant View Post
      It seems to me like it has a mechanism to adjust quality based on bandwidth, which really reduces cut-outs (of course, I use EDGE so you rich AT&T folk probably will be getting yours crystal clear =])
      I am with AT&T and have been using EDGE for the last 2-3 weeks because the 3G has gone to crap...If AT&T doesnt do something very drastic and very soon I am definately going to have to pay the $400 to get out of my family plan contract and go with something else because it is just unlivable at this point..
    1. soulthoughts's Avatar
      soulthoughts -
      I have a question, does slingbox stream straight to your phone or does it run through their servers first for the conversion and then to you phone?
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by soulthoughts View Post
      I have a question, does slingbox stream straight to your phone or does it run through their servers first for the conversion and then to you phone?
      I know for sure that if you use your Sling account login, it goes through their servers first. It probably does no matter what you do, but it doesn't really matter to tell you the truth. Quality is the same to me.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      People who is interested in Slingbox, it is ok on the phone since the resolution is not that high + screen small so everything looks decent.
      But if you are going to stream onto a computer/notebook and want good picture, do not get this unless you have at least 3Mb/s upload on your home internet service (or where ever you put this). With the 300~700kb/s upload speed your picture looks bad with sound cut in and out.
    1. JacquesChirac's Avatar
      JacquesChirac -
      Good to know. I'll be sure to keep it with the 3G unrestrictor.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      The ******* app is 29.99
    1. wookiee2cu's Avatar
      wookiee2cu -
      It's always been that price. When I had my Treo750 I want to say it was $35 for the mobile software. Once you pay for it thought I believe all updates are free so it's not a bad deal. I use it once in a blue moon but it's nice to have. I'm running it on a old Slingbox AV model and 3G Unrestrictor, I did not bother to update as everything is working fine now and didn't want to risk it getting jacked up and not work with my older model.
    1. SchmilK's Avatar
      SchmilK -
      Quote Originally Posted by n00neimp0rtant View Post
      I know for sure that if you use your Sling account login, it goes through their servers first. It probably does no matter what you do, but it doesn't really matter to tell you the truth. Quality is the same to me.
      The only thing the login does is store your slingbox id and your home ip address on their server so you don't have to remember your home ip address. All of the video conversion happens on the slingbox itself.