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The folks at Sling have done it again: dreamed up another cool product and told us about it before it’s available. Now it’s bringing its streaming, place-shifted video to the iPhone — and also HD video to Macs, as they demonstrated at Macworld in San Francisco […]

The folks at Sling have done it again: dreamed up another cool product and told us about it before it’s available.

Now it’s bringing its streaming, place-shifted video to the iPhone — and also HD video to Macs, as they demonstrated at Macworld in San Francisco today.

Sling’s Vicky Shum showed us the current version of the application (see video embedded above) on the show floor (please pardon the poor camera and audio work). She said the iPhone App will be submitted to Apple around “the end of March” and, if it gets approved, it will retail for somewhere in the neighborhood of $30 — mighty steep for an iPhone app! Shum said Sling is trying to get on Apple and AT&T’s good side in the hopes that the app will be approved to stream video over 3G, a privilege the companies are keeping a tight lid on due to bandwidth expense and overuse concerns.

What would be super neat is if the iPhone let you access videos on the new Sling.com — effectively creating an iPhone app for Hulu, CBS and other online video providers — but like Sling’s other mobile apps, the iPhone version will only include links to web content. If iPhone app users have already shelled out a couple hundred bucks for a Slingbox, though, they’ll be able to watch everything they can access on their home TVs.

Our other recent Sling coverage:

  1. [...] SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone to Bring Your Living Room to Your Pocket – They said they’d do it, and now they have, at least in limited demo form. Six months after Sling Media told us all they’d bring SlingPlayer to the iPhone, they’re almost making good on it. Almost. They gave NewTeeVee staff a demo of the working product, but they haven’t submitted the App yet. [...]

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  2. [...] SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone to Bring Your Living Room to Your Pocket – They said they’d do it, and now they have, at least in limited demo mold. Six months after Sling Media told us all they’d bring SlingPlayer to the iPhone, they’re nearly making good on it. nearly. They gave NewTeeVee staff a demo of the working product, but they haven’t submitted the App yet. [...]

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  3. [...] post: Demo Video: Sling on the iPhone « NewTeeVee Leave a comment Comment RSS Previous: WebEx Brings Online Meetings to the iPhone – [...]

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  4. [...] on approvals of apps that stream video over 3G cellular networks. That hindrance, as we’ve commented repeatedly, essentially disallows actual mobile video — besides YouTube — on the popular platform. [...]

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  5. Horrible demo. Hope its come a long way since that.
    Head of the mobile product line? What dope she was.

    Most robust? What arrogance. It didn’t work worth a damn at THAT time. Doubt they’ve improved it.

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  6. [...] something that has reportedly been a point of contention in even getting this app released. Sling demonstrated the app running over a 3G connection earlier this year, so we know the functionality is there. But recent reports suggested that [...]

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