Sprint Exploring Place-Shifting Options Including Sling

Sprint is in “exploratory” discussions with a number of companies, including Sling Media, Sony and Orb Networks, about place-shifting technology that would allow mobile users access to home TV, according to a Reuters report based on an interview with Paul Reddick, VP-business development and product innovation.
That may not mean much — Reddick is constantly exploring ways to pump up Sprint’s mobile programming so it would be more surprising if he wasn’t interested in the subject. Reddick on Sling: “Its a great utility. The piece of technology they’ve figured out might be helpful to us.”
The story doesn’t mention — not sure if Reddick did or not — Sprint’s current and long-term connection with MobiTV, which has already done some remote-control-by-phone demos as part of Sprint-cable JV presentations. (In a recent interview with us, MobiTV COO Paul Scanlan also was quite vocal about the legal issues he sees with Sling.) Nor does it go into how Sprint’s relationships with cable operators and Disney would affect any efforts to place shift programming. Sprint’s unlikely to go against the grain so any move in that direction is likely to be cooperative and to come after the legality is clear.

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