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As a long-time Slingbox owner, it’s good to see the mobile software still progressing. While I’m wishing for an Android version of the client, Windows Mobile users keep marching forward — today the company released SlingPlayer Mobile v.2.0 for WinMo 6 touchscreen device owners. And unlike […]

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As a long-time Slingbox owner, it’s good to see the mobile software still progressing. While I’m wishing for an Android version of the client, Windows Mobile users keep marching forward — today the company released SlingPlayer Mobile v.2.0 for WinMo 6 touchscreen device owners. And unlike the iPhone version, this software supports either Wi-Fi or 3G streaming of television content from home to your handset.

Near as I can tell, the player got a new coat of paint that eliminates the need for any stylus poking or prodding. The icons are bigger and more finger-friendly, while the guide buttons are optimized as well. Also gone are the Slingbox Finder IDs, which I always thought were a pain — with this version, you can simply use your Sling Account credentials for connecting to registered Slingboxes. Note that you’ll need one of the newer Slingboxes — version 2.0 still technically supports only the SOLO, PRO and PRO HD units.

Folks that own a license of Sling Player Mobile 1.6 can grab the upgrade for free, while everyone else has to pony up $29.99 or download the free trial directly from the Sling site. The app will soon appear in the Windows Marketplace, but there won’t be a free trial available there. And if you’re rather fond of version 1.6, Sling says they’ll keep that version available for download on their site.

 
  1. It is nice to see them improving their app. Still, as you say, the big wish is broader support (e.g. Android).

    I wonder if the Apple slate will be different than the iPhone in allowing Sling to allow 3G streaming? The issue was supposedly tied to AT&T, was it not?

  2. Will it run on the iSlate’s Virtual Machine (VM) ???

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