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The BlackBerry Bold 9700 finally gains support for SlingPlayer Mobile software, allowing you to watch live television on your handset. Unlike some versions of the software, this edition isn’t limited to Wi-Fi usage — you can enjoy streaming video over 3G too.

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Good news for BlackBerry Bold 9700 handset owners — SlingPlayer Mobile is now supported on your device! Obviously you need some Slingbox hardware to stream live television from the home to the handset. But if you have that, you can download and install the software for remote media control and playback. The SlingPlayer Mobile client works on both AT&T and T-Mobile 9700 phones and isn’t restricted to Wi-Fi only. That means you can watch live or recorded television on the go over 3G networks.

A SlingPlayer Mobile license will set you back a one-time $29.99 fee, but Sling says you can transfer an existing license key at no charge. The only exception to that rule is for iPhone or iPod touch version keys. I don’t have a Bold 9700 — and I’m still waiting for the Android version of SlingPlayer Mobile — but I’d imagine that live television would look awful nice on the small but high-resolution 480×320 display of a 9700.

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  1. Sling Media: Supporting yesterday’s phones, today! ;) Honestly, they shouldn’t have even sent out that blast.

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  2. I don’t think they mean to support yesterday’s technology, it’s just the general speed that Sling Media does anything. I have to laugh when my Android friends tell me that Slingplayer will be available soon because Sling Media announced it. Riiiiight….just like they announced Slingplayer for iPhone and 18 or so months later it actually hit the app store.

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