SlingPlayer for iPhone will be able to be streamed over AT&T 3G network

SlingPlayer for iPhone will be able to be streamed over AT&T 3G network

Summary: This is music to my ears: AT&T is opening up to Sling Media and allowing streaming of their SlingPlayer app for the iPhone (and iPod Touch) over the 3G network. I might be breaking down and paying the $30 for that upgrade app now.

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This is music to my ears: AT&T is opening up to Sling Media and allowing streaming of their SlingPlayer app for the Apple iPhone (and iPod Touch) over the 3G network.

I might be breaking down and paying the $30 for that upgrade app now.

Given that it was just recently that Apple and AT&T lifted the VoIP ban from the 3G network, this is definitely another milestone in what iPhone users can stream over their beloved smartphones. (Is AT&T trying to be as generous as possible in fear of losing their partnership altogether?)

According to The New York Times, AT&T previously said no, given that it would overwhelm the already-crowded network. Up until now, the SlingPlayer for the iPhone app was only usable over Wi-Fi. (Although, if it does swamp the 3G network, I hope this isn't what pushes AT&T over the edge to start imposing extra charges for data usage.)

However, before you download it from iTunes, know that it doesn't work over 3G just yet given that it has to go through Apple's iTunes app revision store process, which is typically a week or two. But since this is likely to be a popular sell, I don't think it will be much of a problem or a wait.

At least I hope not.

Topics: Networking, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility, AT&T, Wi-Fi

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  • Wow...WHAT a concept!

    Of course, I've been using SlingPlayer on an HP iPaq 210 and a Dell 17" laptop, tethered to my Verizon 3G phone, for over TWO YEARS.

    Matter of fact...watching Golf Channel in my office right now on my new Dell Mini 10 Netbook!

    Amazing...AT&T finally moving into the 20th century. (that's no typo kids)
    IT_Guy_z
    • It's only new for the iPhone, not Nokias

      I've been using various Nokia phones on AT&T's network since 2000 and I have been using the Sling Mobile Player over AT&T's network for close to FOUR years now. The 2G network was rough to watch sometimes, but the 3G network is just what was needed. I've been able to watch baseball games and several shows on my phone while I'm 500 miles away from home on vacation. I even watched the beginning of Game 7 of the 2009 World Series while on the way home from a meeting. The newness is for the iPhone not AT&T's network capability.
      techrepublicaaa3
  • RE: SlingPlayer for iPhone will be able to be streamed over AT&T 3G network

    There are so many ways to stream video to smart devices (e.g., ustream), that it made no sense any longer to block Sling. This whole trend does mean that we will be facing a showdown soon over just how much data we can consume on our portable devices, and at what cost. It's gonna get worse before it gets better...
    zackers