SlingPlayer coming to iPhone?


According to buzz generated at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, content placeshifting technology developer Sling Media is poised to launch its SlingPlayer Mobile software via Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch. SlingPlayer Mobile enables consumers to view their home television via Internet-connected devices and mobile platforms including Windows Mobile, Palm OS, Symbian OS and attributes the Apple scoop to "an extremely senior source at Sling," who said "iPhone and iPod touch are OS X devices, and we can write OS X apps with our eyes closed. It's coming."

The same Sling executive said the iPod touch may offer a better fit for SlingPlayer than the iPhone thanks to its exclusive WiFi connection, admitting to concerns that AT&T's EDGE lacks the network speed to stream TV at an acceptable level of quality. "We know the 3G iPhone's coming, so that'll obviously be better," the Sling exec said. "But for now the iPod touch could end up being the best way to use SlingPlayer."

The Sling Media/Apple rumors date back as far as last spring's National Association of Broadcasters conference, when reports surfaced that the companies were in discussion to stream iTunes music and video to the then-forthcoming iPhone.

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