AT&T to allow Sling over 3G

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    http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/04/att-gives-green-light-to-sling-tv-over-3g/?src=tptw

    AT&T Gives Green Light to Sling TV Over 3G
    By BRAD STONE

    Remember the Great Sling Spat?

    A year ago, Sling Media, a subsidiary of EchoStar, introduced a nifty application for the Apple iPhone that allowed users with a Slingbox at home to watch and control their home television signal from their handsets.

    The only problem: AT&T said that such a bandwidth-intensive video service would overwhelm its network, so it limited the application to work only over an iPhone’s Wi-Fi connection. TV lovers and techies worldwide cried out in anguish.

    But all that is about to change. AT&T announced Thursday morning that it will now allow the SlingPlayer iPhone app to stream live over its 3G network.

    “Since mid-December 2009, AT&T has been testing the app and has recently notified Sling Media — as well as Apple — that the optimized app can run on its 3G network,” said the carrier in a press release.

    Sling, in addition to various consumer groups, had complained to the Federal Communications Commission that AT&T’s policy was discriminatory, since other applications, such as Major League Baseball’s, also stream live video over AT&T’s 3G network.

    AT&T appears to have recognized that its position was indefensible and relented.

    As to whether AT&T’s overtaxed wireless network will now drop even more calls, neither Sling nor AT&T seemed to think so. A Sling spokesman said the company “dynamically adjusts the bandwidth based on network conditions and picture quality,” so the app should not add any undue additional strain.

    And in its press release, AT&T said it has worked with Sling to ensure the app is optimized to minimize network congestion.

    The upgraded SlingPlayer application may not immediately available. Sling said it is still waiting for Apple to approve it. Anyone who already bought the $30 app will get a free upgrade, the company said.

    Of course, the SlingPlayer application will be really interesting on the larger-screen iPad — it will turn that multifaceted device into an extra TV set.
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    good news.... im surprised sling isnt charging their loyal customers for the update though.
     
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    mgamber

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    Why? I've never paid for any upgrade for any version on any phone. Ever.
     
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    tjp888

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    Maybe this is a sign that AT&T is starting to get it's act together?
    ......nah, never happen
     
  5. macrumors 68000

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    They would have to create a new app in the App Store to do this. And they couldn't do that just for one single change. They would lose a lot of loyal users if they did that.
     
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    Metsfan7450

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    My productivity at work is about to take a serious hit :eek:
     
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    I really hope they improve the quality over 3G. I've been using Sling over 3G for quite a while now and it's definitely not great. I get disconnected sometimes and the quality is nothing to write home about. I also wonder what kind of impact this will have on the network. We all know that AT&T's network is already struggling and now that they're adding the ipad and Sling to the equation, I have my doubts that it's going to get any better.
     
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    The quality is terrible because Sling limits the quality so much to iPhone clients in the slingbox firmware. They are still using WMV on the Pro-HD for some reason as well. As for the impact on the network, I doubt it will have ANY impact. Using the Slingplayer software requires a $30 purchase for the software and a $150+ purchase for the hardware. I just don't see how this software is going to be use simultaneously by a lot of people. Something like the MLB app is probably used by a lot more people and it streams a much higher quality.
     
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    vry nice! :D:D
     
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    iphone1105

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    Yeah, I'll second this!
     
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    Kadman

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    I have a 55" Samsung LED 240Hz TV in my office with an HD DVR attached. I'll use the Sling app over 3G but I don't need to at work. ;)
     
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    I wouldnt get too excited about this happening anytime soon. There was a similiar article about Skype on 3g "months ago". At&t just wants people to think they are releasing their stranglehold to stop people from jumping ship with all the Android phones getting better and better.
     

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