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Sling for the iPhone

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Chris Blount, May 12, 2009.

  1. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD


    The Slingbox model is sort of interesting. You buy a box for not a great amount of money and you get a service forever. A service that is not peer-to-peer but requires some maitenance and servers on the sling side.

    I got no problem with paying for additional software versus paying a monthly fee for an on-going service.
  2. dclaryjr

    dclaryjr Godfather

    Mar 10, 2007
    Now if they would just get the Android version on the street, I'd be a happy camper!!:)
  3. BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

    Nov 3, 2006
    From "Wired": "Sling Media's new SlingPlayer app les iphone users watch their home television programming, but not over AT&T 3G network, because AT&T does not define the iphone as a phone."
  4. Grentz

    Grentz New Member

    Jan 10, 2007
    Not a shocker as ATT classifies it at least as a smartphone, which gets different data rules than just regular cell phones, because it has a keyboard.
  5. thestaton

    thestaton Legend

    Aug 14, 2008
    For those with jail broken iPhones it's now possible to stream the sling software over 3g. Google is your friend.
  6. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    "Applications like this, which redirect a
    TV signal to a personal computer, are
    specifically prohibited under our TOS..."
    "(We consider) ...smartphones like the
    iPhone to be personal computers in
    that they have the same hardware
    and software attributes as PCs."

    From Engadget:
    More @ Engadget.com
  7. Greg Alsobrook

    Greg Alsobrook Lifetime Achiever

    Apr 1, 2007
    Not sure if this has been mentioned yet, but the "announcement" email I received from Sling yesterday claimed that the WiFi only was at Apple's request.
  8. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    We don't know what contractual leverage AT&T holds over Apple for Apple to assert that, but we all know that Apple fully intends to put the iPhone into the hands of as many users as possible by marketing it to a broader spectrum of carriers starting with Verizon.

    The days of AT&T's exclusive on the iPhone are numbered.
  9. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    IF AT&T hadn't made a point of putting the limitations directly in their ToS, then we could wonder if it was Apple or AT&T... but I think it is pretty clear that in this case AT&T was the driving force.

    Apple most likely said "if you limit it to Wifi we will allow the app" rather than rejecting the entire concept based upon AT&T's restriction.

    I can't blame AT&T to some extent IF and only IF they restrict ALL other similar uses of 3G and also never offer anything along those lines themselves... but I somehow suspect this will become an ongoing battle.
  10. Soccernut

    Soccernut AllStar

    Jan 19, 2004
    I have AT&T dsl network service at home, I was thinking about adding a slingbox so I could watch Directv in different rooms of the house and at my girlfriend's house with slingcatchers, are you saying that AT&T won't allow me to do that?
  11. sum_random_dork

    sum_random_dork Icon

    Aug 21, 2008
    No your DSL is fine, the issues are with ATT Wireless and their new TOS that has put a download cap in place on their 3G network. From my understanding even with the new cap in place most people would never go over, I think only once have I watched Sling on my phone fore more than 10 mins. I have had the windows mobile version since it came out 3 yrs ago or so. From the pictures I have seen the new version for iPhones does look really cool, hopefully we get an update on windows mobile. As for the $30 price, from the day Sling launched their mobile application it's always been 29.99.
  12. bdowell

    bdowell Icon

    Mar 4, 2003
    I really would like to see a Slingplayer mobile for Android quickly released, as well as seeing Verizon and Apple get a deal together pretty quickly so the big V can sell their own iPhone soon. The sooner the better so that we don't have to deal with these restrictions from AT&T's greedy and ignorant selves.

    I don't yet have an iPhone but I had been thinking about it pretty seriously until I started hearing about more and more restrictions like this. I currently have an iPod Touch and have a Windows Mobile (WinMo) Smartphone (BlackJack II) that has the Slingplayer Mobile app for WinMo on it. It works great, though it eats my battery up quickly so I don't use it often at all. It's nice to peek in on something, but trying to watch a show on a screen that small is pretty frustrating any way. That said, I don't need AT&T to keep me from watching it if I want to. I pay for a data plan that promises 'unlimited data' and I should be able to use as much or as little as I need. Most days the amount of data I'd be moving is a trickle. Some days it might seem to be a flood, but I pay 'em, they should deliver, take my money and shut up.

    Come next contract renewal period, I'll gladly leave their tails behind and switch to Verizon (and likely get a nice discount from them), T-Mobile, or maybe Sprint.

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