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    We chatted with the guys at Sling Media today, and are super excited that they're submitting their iPhone client to the AppStore by March for release. I (and many others) have been waiting for this patiently for a good while. Pricing is not yet available - but can you put a price on Sling on your iPhone?

    The app is actually very responsive over wifi - streaming video looked awesome, and favorite channels were easy to set up (but require you to do them from a browser - NOT on the iPhone, a little bummer) and browse on the iPhone. We've got a video, but need to get it transferred over to YouTube. Give it til tonight, we're missing our USB cable. edit: video up

    [ame]http://www.vimeo.com/2752258[/ame]

    San Francisco Macworld January 6, 2009 Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), is demonstrating a version of SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone being developed for the iTunes store at this year's Macworld. Sling Media will deliver a version of SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone to Apple for certification in Q1.

    Sling Media is also unveiling a prototype of the new SlingPlayer for Mac HD which allows Slingbox PRO-HD users to stream HD content to their Mac desktop or laptop computer. The new SlingPlayer for Mac HD is a web-based version of the SlingPlayer software that will be accessible from Sling.com, Sling Media's recently launched video entertainment web site. Sling Media can be found in two locations at this year's Macworld: The Mac Developer Pavilion- South Hall, #1438 (next to Apple) and the Digital Media and Multimedia Pavilion: North Hall #3526-Q.

    "SlingPlayer Mobile is ideally suited for the iPhone's large touch screen display and I know iPhone users are eagerly anticipating the application's availability," said Blake Krikorian, co-founder and CEO of Sling Media. "Add to that HD streaming support for Slingbox PRO-HD customers and live TV support on our video entertainment site, Sling.com, and you can see Sling Media is committed to delivering great solutions for Mac users."

    SlingPlayer Mobile gives consumers their entire home TV experience, including local channels, local sports teams, video on demand, pay per view, etc. Any program that you can watch on your sofa back home, you can now watch via your iPhone using a standard broadband network connection. In addition, SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone users can also control their home digital video recorder (DVR) to watch recorded shows, pause, rewind, and fast forward live TV, or even queue new recordings while away from home.

    Pricing and Availability
    SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone will be submitted to Apple for testing and approval in Q1. It will be compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch. The price has not been determined at this time. SlingPlayer for Mac HD will be available for free via the web-based SlingPlayer within Sling.com later in Q1. Mac customers will be able to use either Safari or Firefox web browsers to get both HD streaming and Live TV within Sling.com.
    slingmedia.com

    edit: Some more images we grabbed yesterday



    This article was originally published in forum thread: Sling Coming to iPhone started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 35 Comments
    1. discostar's Avatar
      discostar -
      FINALLY! People have been begging for this app from Sling Media since BEFORE the iPhone even came out.
    1. enjoi4586's Avatar
      enjoi4586 -
      Quote Originally Posted by poetic_folly View Post
      but can you put a price on Sling on your iPhone?
      No, no you can not
    1. keda51's Avatar
      keda51 -
      Drool! to be able to watch my DVR'ed shows on my iPhone...Priceless!!!
    1. ceelo2008's Avatar
      ceelo2008 -
      I cant wait this is gonna be awesome!
    1. RonMexico's Avatar
      RonMexico -
      hmmm

      wonder if and how well it will work on 3g

      Quote Originally Posted by RonMexico View Post
      hmmm

      wonder if and how well it will work on 3g
      SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone announced | Macworld 2009 - CNET Blogs

      well it does work over 3g
    1. Marz's Avatar
      Marz -
      Sorry to sound like a noob

      but can anyone put the features of Sling into easier concepts..

      so far what im understanding is Streaming High Quality Video ??

      Thanks for the help and Support

      ---Marz---
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I can put a price on it... 20 bucks tops or they don;t get my money! And if it doesn;t work over 3G, I pass...

      Quote Originally Posted by Marz View Post
      Sorry to sound like a noob

      but can anyone put the features of Sling into easier concepts..

      so far what im understanding is Streaming High Quality Video ??

      Thanks for the help and Support

      ---Marz---
      Did you do a search or anything on Google? It is essentially a DVR meant to be viewed from anywhere via internet connection...
    1. RelleR's Avatar
      RelleR -
      Will I need any hardware other than the App from the Store that will be coming?
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by RelleR View Post
      Will I need any hardware other than the App from the Store that will be coming?
      Yes, you will need the actual slingbox. The appstore app is essentially a slingbox controller/viewer for your iphone.
    1. iCeDmAn's Avatar
      iCeDmAn -
      this is amazing news! watching my cable box in ny while in class in poland! I hope the new slingbox software for the mac is up to par with the windows version with channel guide viewer etc.
    1. yhap2003's Avatar
      yhap2003 -
      This doesn't work well in Canada since our bandwidth is limited and our 3G plan is expensive and restricted
    1. BenzoHartt's Avatar
      BenzoHartt -
      i'm excited already, i can't wait for this new addition to the iphone family.
    1. heltoupee's Avatar
      heltoupee -
      Internet connection. Screaming. In. Agony...
    1. Jeckel's Avatar
      Jeckel -
      That will be really nice since I got a SlingBox in the past month. I hope it's free as the PC/Mac client is free. Can't wait until it's released!
    1. Heaiser's Avatar
      Heaiser -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeckel View Post
      That will be really nice since I got a SlingBox in the past month. I hope it's free as the PC/Mac client is free. Can't wait until it's released!
      I doubt it will be free. But hopefully they don't go overboard and charge 30 bucks for it.
    1. mgamber's Avatar
      mgamber -
      *yawn*...about $30, assuming I still care by then. If Sling actually submits anything in March and Apple jerks them around as long as they jerked around Orb, there might be something in the store in June. Almost a year...sounds about right for Sling.
    1. danvicente's Avatar
      danvicente -
      yeah with all other mobile devices sling seems to charge about 30.00... Small one time price to pay for TV anytime anywhere though...Can't wait for this release.. Save me the time of tethering up my phone to my mac to watch sling in random spots...
    1. tvmute's Avatar
      tvmute -
      Orb Live has been available in the AppStore for a while now. Doesn't it pretty much duplicate the function of the Slingbox app?
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      Orb on the iPhone has been out for months and all you need is a TV tuner... Sling is just another solution and will be more expensive. But IF it's faster and more stable Ill get it.

      As for the 3G plans, 6Gb/$30 is way more than enough to me and I live in Canada, thank god I bought it at launch.
    1. mgamber's Avatar
      mgamber -
      Yes and no. OrbLive does a lot more. You can use it to stream live tv and also video files, transcode streams on the web so the iPhone can play them, audio files, pictures, random files, webcams, all kinds of things. All the Slingbox/Slingplayer does is live tv. The only real advantage of Sling is they have a piece of stand-alone hardware that you plug in the wall, plug a cable box (or whatever) into and you have live tv. For Orb you need a computer that's on when you want to watch, you need to install and set up Orb and you need a compatible TV card if you want live TV. Then again, considering how little power a UMPC uses, how much horsepower they can provide and that you can get a tuner on a USB stick, Slingplayer is losing ground daily against Orb. I wouldn't be surprised to see Orb release a Linux based box that does something similiar to the Slingbox. Since they're not married to the Windows Media format like Slingplayer is, they could use any codec they'd like. The transcoding is probably the best part of Orb. I can use uSirius to provide Orb with a way to change channels and listen to Stern, Garage, whatever Sirius channel I'd like on the iPhone. Right now. Today. Or I can point Orb at MLB Television online and watch all things baseball on the iPhone. Neither would work directly because they're Windows Media streams (as is quite a bit of online streaming media) and god forbid Apple would stoop to playing that directly.

      And actually, Slingplayer would duplicate the functionality of Slingplayer. After all, I've been using Orb for two months. Sling hasn't even submitted an app.