Apple has recently approved a new version of SlingPlayer Modbile for the iPhone, allowing users who have an iPhone or iPod Touch to acces their DVRs and live television. AT&T’s reversal now allows one to utilize the 3G network. The original app struggled because of wireless capacity issues in certain places. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that to stream live television onto your iPhone, the wireless reception has to be both quick and powerful.
My friend has a Sling box at his house but hasn’t quite updated to the iPhone app. He swears by the box at home though and I have watched a couple programs on it. But the biggest issue is the speed of the network. It has to be 3G in order for it to work–when I was watching there were some choppy moments and jumps in the picture. Also, there has to be a power issue. I can’t imagine being able to watch two hours of programming using the iPhone without having to keep it plugged in. All in all, if I had an iPhone and a Sling accoaunt, I wouldn’t even need a TV.
Amazingly, one can use the SlingPlayer app anywhere in the world as long as there is Wi-Fi or 3G network available. Executives for Sling are saying that they are excited about the new update and that “people can now enjoy their living room TV experience around the world.” The updated version of the app is scheduled to be released on Feb. 15th for $29.99 in the Apple store. Slingplayer Mobile App V1.2 is free for all existing users of the first version, which might make up a little for all the problems.
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