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Sling Media Goes Mobile, Finally

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Niall dropped off his TiVo for me to play around with, and I hooked up the Sling Media’s Sling Box, to get going on the place shifting bandwagon. With the baseball season around the corner, and I already having decided to pre-order the Yankees games, all I need is a way to see these games when away from home. The best option (not much of one) is to watch it on a Windows PC. (I would rather wait for the elusive Mac client, but that’s not happening anytime soon!)

So the next best option – watch it on a Windows Media Mobile Phone or a Windows PDA, thanks to a new beta software released by the company today. (Compared to XP, that is still acceptable.) Hey Blake: what’s with this windows only support? Is Mr. Softie making you do this – after all they invested in your company? Didn’t they? And they are the only ones quoted in the press release?

The SlingPlayer Mobile software works with both Windows Mobile Pocket PC 5.0 and 2003 Second Edition. Sling Media will also deliver a version for non-touch-screen devices based on Windows Mobile Smartphone within the next month. They are going to charge for this $29.99 software, which in my opinion is just a bad idea. After all you are selling the device, and you need people to use the device, and give them more reasons to spend $250 on the SlingBox. (Slingbox owners who purchase and register their Slingbox prior to April 26th will receive a free license for SlingPlayer Mobile.)

In many ways this is going to challenge the carriers’ own mobile TV plans. Sprint and Cingular make good money off MobiTV and they are not going to be happy about it. I still think, despite all the progress made in the networks, the bandwidth to get a reasonable Sling Mobile experience is about a year away, when EV-DO Rev A and HSDPA become standard.

5 Responses to “Sling Media Goes Mobile, Finally”

  1. Victor Blake

    Don’t forget about WiFi. The 6700 has WiFi.

    And by the way that is a fake image on the screen in the photo. The 6700 screen is portrait mode when the keyboard is covered by the screen. When the keyboard is extended (as shown in the photo) the screen switches to landscape mode (aka rotate screen counter-clockwise by 90 degrees to view) — so that the keyboard and screen are visually oriented the same way. In other words — that’s a fabricated image…

  2. Robert Spivack

    Stupid idea.

    Better – download the free software at, run it on any PC with a tuner card (with or without Windows Media Center), now “placeshift” without buying a $250 proprietary slingbox and proprietary player.

    view live TV on your Sprint PPC-6700 phone using only your $15 unlimited EVDO data plan.

    Stream your DVR files, live TV, videos, and your full music collection without proprietary meathooks from yet another vendor special hardware or paid service.

    Bye bye Tivo…

    Again, no proprietary Sprint Vision or other “mobile phone specific TV service”.