Apple OKs 3G-Enabled SlingPlayer App For iPhones


Apple has approved a version of Sling Media's SlingPlayer Mobile app that lets iPhone or iPod touch users access their DVRs and live TV channels over AT&T's 3G network, following the carrier's reversal on a policy that banned the app.

AT&T earlier this month said it would allow an "optimized" version of the SlingPlayer video player over its 3G network, which has struggled with wireless capacity issues in certain markets. Previously, the carrier blocked access to the app citing potential congestion for other users, limiting it to Wi-Fi.

SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone

The telco said it worked with Sling Media, a subsidiary of EchoStar, to test the app -- however, Sling Media executives have said they did not make any changes at AT&T's behest.

The SlingPlayer Mobile app version 1.2 is available for $29.99 from Apple's App Store. The updated version, released Feb. 15, is a free upgrade for existing users of the SlingPlayer Mobile App, EchoStar said.

The app provides access to a Slingbox connected to a cable or satellite set-top box over the Internet to let users watch TV and recorded programs.

"We're delighted the SlingPlayer Mobile app now has 3G capability," Sling Media senior vice president and general manager John Gilmore said in a statement. "Slingbox users in many countries around the globe, including the United States, can now enjoy their living room TV experience on their iPhone and iPod touch whether on a 3G or Wi-Fi network."

Sling Media made the announcement Monday at the start of the 2010 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.