The Summer season is in full swing! It’s no secret, the second I leave the iPhone Alley office I’m headed straight to the pool. If I wasn’t so landlocked in Oklahoma, I know that I’d be at the beach or lake instead. But, as long as I’m near some water,
Yesterday we thought AT&T was making significant progress in the right direction when they said in a press release that they had worked with Sling Media to optimize the SlingPlayer for iPhone, and were then allowing it to work on their 3G network. When asked, Sling Media said the app hasn't been changed since before and AT&T never worked with them on it.
"We didn't change anything," Sling Media's John Santoro told Ars. "AT&T never discussed any specific requirements with us."
AT&T announced today that they will now be allowing SlingPlayer Mobile [App Store, $29.99], and application for streaming TV to your iPhone to watch wherever you are, to run over the 3G network. The app was disabled over the 3G network due to bandwidth concerns and how it would effect the overall quality of the network, but now they say the code has been "optimized" which most likely means the developers had to change it to fit their bandwidth guidelines.
According to our friends at Gizmodo, the SlingPlayer app for iPhone will finally be hitting the App Store sometime today or tomorrow. We caught a glimpse of the app at Macworld earlier this year and were quite impressed. At the time Sling promised that streaming would be available over EDGE and 3G, although AT&T has since released a statement saying that "Slingbox, which would use large amounts of wireless network capacity, could create congestion and potentially prevent other customers from using the network."
As MacRumors reports, Sling Media recently announced on their website that SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone has been submitted to the App Store and is currently waiting for approval. They also posted a video preview demonstrating how the now completed app will function on the device. Sling Media promised at Macworld back in January that they would have the app submitted in March.
One of the exhibitors on the show floor is Sling Media, showing off their new Sling Media player for the iPhone and iPod touch. The app will let users stream TV shows from their home to their iPhone or iPod touch in real time with the help of their SlingBox.