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The long awaited Slingplayer Mobile arrived in the Apple app store this evening as a $29.99 download. The price is as expected and I was about to hit purchase before I noticed this:


Slingplayer Mobile for the iPhone only supports streaming over a Wi-Fi connection at this time.

That defeats the purpose of Slingplayer entirely for me, I think this is one I will skip until it is available with connections on 3G. If it doesn’t appear on 3G, the Apple / AT&T combo may have killed one of the best possible applications for the iPhone.

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sling-iphoneI’ve been waiting for Sling Player to come out on iPhone for a while now (almost an year actually). Unfortunately the last couple of weeks have not brought much good news.

– First, Sling announced that older Slingboxes are not compatible: ouch, now that I’m going to business school it will be hard to justify buying a new slingbox just to get the iphone app

– Second, there are rumours that AT&T is pushing back on Sling. First we had a TOS change that was pretty obviously targeted at Sling and then quickly pulled again. Now the rumours say the app has been officially rejected. We all knew this was a possibility but hoped that the popularity of Sling would win the day.

What does this mean for us: if the rumours are true, we will likely see a wifi only Slingplayer.

I honestly don’t know why we have apps coming out that are wifi only. Skype for example. I want my slingplayer (or Skype) on the move, when I’m on the train, when I’m walking to work, etc. Not when I’m at home by my wifi router.

Sling on wifi for me is as good as no Sling at all.

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