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Kris Kumar
03-05-2006, 12:05 AM
Recently we had posted the news story "The Carriers have Once Again Pulled Out Their Hatchets, the Victim This Time is Sling Media," (http://www.smartphonethoughts.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=10489) which talked about the carriers planning to deny Sling Media the permission to operate its video playback service over the cellular network. Thanks to an email note from Jeremy Toeman, VP for Market Development at Sling Media, we are happy to clarify that the SlingPlayer Windows Mobile Version is on track for Q1 2006 launch and it will be available as a direct download for the Slingbox customers. The customers will be able to watch the recorded programs over the carrier network without any restriction. Sling Media is also trying to partner with the carriers to offer joint service plans and that is the service that the carriers haven't cleared, and that is what the original news story (http://www.smartphonethoughts.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=10489) was talking about.


So all you folks who are eagerly waiting for the Windows Mobile version of the SlingPlayer can let a sigh of relief, and I am sure every one is glad that the carriers' walled garden will not be interrupting our personal broadcasts. :-) Slingbox current and future owners can check out the original email note from Jeremy over here: <!>

"While it is true that none of the carriers have announced any plans to explicitly offer the SlingPlayer Mobile Edition software, this does not preclude end-users from downloading it directly. It is certainly conceivable that we will have an offering in conjunction with a mobile carrier down the road, especially considering how the SlingPlayer helps drive consumers to purchase the latest mobile phones and sign up for the larger data services plans. At present, the method for a consumer to get the software will be triggered through a download on the Sling Media Web site, which is consistent with our original distribution plans.

The SlingPlayer Mobile Edition runs on Windows Mobile 5 (and 2003), an open platform for installing third-party applications. It acts no differently than any other network-enabled mobile software, such as Avvenu or Goodlink. This means Slingbox owners can connect to their home Slingbox over WiFi-enabled networks as well as the cellular-based devices."

Kris Kumar
03-05-2006, 09:20 PM
Some more related information on ars technica: SlingMedia on 3G and mobile TV. (http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060303-6305.html)

Mike Temporale
03-06-2006, 02:54 PM
I met Jeremy back at Mobius in December of 2005. Great guy and a great Slingbox demo. I can't wait to get mine.

It's nice to know that the carriers aren't getting in the way of this. Sling has a good chance at making a difference and it would suck to have the carriers put their hands in the pie. They only mess things up.