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#1 OFFLINE   Chris Blount

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 09:38 AM

There are rumors going around that Sling Player for the iPhone will get released to the Apple store tonight. The cost will be $29.99 and be Wi-Fi only (which really sucks). The good news is that the app might work with older hardware (Slinbox classic, AV, and Tuner).'

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 09:51 AM

$29.99 :eek:
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Posted 12 May 2009 - 09:53 AM

$29.99 is the cost of the SlingPlayer mobile, what is so shocking about the price? The one thing that sucks, is for that cost the product should not be limited to wi-fi only. If it was on my BB Bold, I would never have purchased the Mobile Player. If they are going to cripple the product, reduce the price at least for the IPhone people IMO.

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 10:00 AM

There are rumors going around that Sling Player for the iPhone will get released to the Apple store tonight. The cost will be $29.99 and possibly be Wi-Fi only (which really sucks). The good news is that the app might work with older hardware (Slinbox classic, AV, and Tuner).

Just a rumor at this time so let the speculation fun begin! :)


I "jailbroke" my iphone, so I have a way to use 3G for all "wi-fi" only apps.

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 10:04 AM

$29.99 is the cost of the SlingPlayer mobile, what is so shocking about the price? The one thing that sucks, is for that cost the product should not be limited to wi-fi only. If it was on my BB Bold, I would never have purchased the Mobile Player. If they are going to cripple the product, reduce the price at least for the IPhone people IMO.


Just seems darn expensive when you already bought the product itself for quite a lot of money. I could understand maybe like $10, but $30! That is a lot considering you already have invested a lot in their device not to mention I dont know of many mobile apps at all that are that much.

Makes me even more happy with my Hava (all their software is free).
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Posted 12 May 2009 - 10:07 AM

when Sling introduced software for phones they had a price of $29.99, they "grandfathered" in owners of the orginal Slingbox Classic that had registered the product. So some of us got lucky.....but after that the price has always been $29.99.

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 10:16 AM

Any word on the HAVA products which is a competitor of Slingbox?

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 10:47 AM

Any word on the HAVA products which is a competitor of Slingbox?


I heard rumors of soon (Q2/Q3) but have not seen anything yet.

I believe last I heard they were still having trouble since apple does not allow low level access to the device.
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Posted 12 May 2009 - 10:51 AM

I heard rumors of soon (Q2/Q3) but have not seen anything yet.

I believe last I heard they were still having trouble since apple does not allow low level access to the device.


What is low level access to the device and why does Apple not allow this? Thanks.

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 11:04 AM

What is low level access to the device and why does Apple not allow this? Thanks.


Apple's App Store submission process is a farce. They will deny some apps for totally random and inconsistent reasons and apps will sometimes sit in submission limbo for weeks with no rhyme or reason. No streaming over 3G? Doesn't the Blackberry app on the same fraking network allow that?

Does anyone know if there will be a separate Sling Remote app that will let you control your DVR? Or is this your only option.
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Posted 12 May 2009 - 11:20 AM

You can already use the SlingGuide (or whatever it is called now) on the iPhone to schedule stuff remotely and there is a way to use as a remote for your Dish DVR from there. I don't have a regular slingbox to know if you can control a remote sling via that setup or not.

As for the app and 3G limit... I get the impression this is more an AT&T issue than an Apple one... that AT&T is trying to control some of the uses of 3G. There's been a lot of public backlash on their revised ToS lately that seems to impose all kinds of limits on how you can use your iPhone on their network.

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 11:23 AM

I "jailbroke" my iphone, so I have a way to use 3G for all "wi-fi" only apps.

Yeah. I was never a big fan of jailbreaking but this might push me over the edge. Wi-Fi only is rediculous. This will give Sling and AT&T a black eye if true (no matter who's fault it is).

I'm hoping that at some point after launch day they will come to their senses and open it up to 3G. Only dreaming I know. :)

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 11:32 AM

Yes! Yes! Yes!

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 11:35 AM

Yeah. I was never a big fan of jailbreaking but this might push me over the edge. Wi-Fi only is rediculous. This will give Sling and AT&T a black eye if true (no matter who's fault it is).

I'm hoping that at some point after launch day they will come to their senses and open it up to 3G. Only dreaming I know. :)


The ORB app started out that way also. They went 3G pretty quickly afterwards. There is hope yet.

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 12:19 PM

The ORB app started out that way also. They went 3G pretty quickly afterwards. There is hope yet.


Exactly. A simple software update and this could become a non-issue.
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Posted 12 May 2009 - 01:15 PM

29.99 is a lot of money when you consider that DirecTV mobile version is free. I don't see why they should charge for this when many services such as banks, retailers, & even my insurance company have apps for the Iphone for free. It's not like you can use this app without there hardware.

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 01:23 PM

What is low level access to the device and why does Apple not allow this? Thanks.


I dont know EXACTLY what they are referring too, but I do know that for example some of the graphics subsystem in the iPhone/iPod Touch is not accessible directly by devs. The problem with some apps (sling had this too) was that to do the proper decoding they needed more access to these underlying systems than Apple was allowing. Sling obviously found away around it, and I think Hava was getting close as well.

This is just what I have heard though, but it is totally believable to me cause I know Apple has been very tight with what devs get access to.
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Posted 12 May 2009 - 01:36 PM

29.99 is a lot of money when you consider that DirecTV mobile version is free. I don't see why they should charge for this when many services such as banks, retailers, & even my insurance company have apps for the Iphone for free. It's not like you can use this app without there hardware.


There is alot more the SlingPlayer can do than DirecTV mobile....Like watch live TV....

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 02:04 PM

There is alot more the SlingPlayer can do than DirecTV mobile....Like watch live TV....


And everything on your DVR. Best of all for me, the CCs transfer over also. Whatever your DVR can do, ie on demand (really working the internet with both these going at once), media play, or what-ever happens to be going on in CE, will go to your iphone.

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 02:27 PM

If the iPhone version is Wi-Fi only, it only adds to list of brainwashed AT&T/iPhone fanboys limited again by their pretty packaging.

My SlingPlayer mobile on WinMo and Verizon works just great with your dataplan on a $99 phone (Omina)... but that's not really what it's about, is it :)




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