Shot through the heart and you’re to blame (Apple) you made Sling downgrade
What a freaking disappointment! All the hype, all the love, and the sugar that was poured on Sling. So I guess it is true. Every rose has its thorn just like every Sling Player App has its guts ripped out of it. I swear that app was going to be a sweet child of mine. But now, I don’t want it, dead or alive.
OK, enough of the bad (or really good depending on your perspective) 80’s hair band lyrics. Seriously though. Have you seen the news? Have you heard what Apple/AT&T did to Sling’s SlingPlayer Mobile app? They gutted it. They sent them back and told them to remove 3G support. Thought it would be too much traffic on the network. Boo hoo. You do know that AT&T has other smart phones with Sling Player apps on them don’t you? And they work over a 3G connection. This just pisses me off. Oh, I almost forgot the best part. They want to charge you $30 for this downgraded, half hearted effort at a mobile Sling app. $30! $30 to stream my TV over WiFi only? You have to be kidding me.
So in case you’re wondering, I will not be downloading the SlingPlayer Mobile app that comes out tomorrow. I will wait for the Hulu app or for Apple/AT&T to loosen their reigns on Sling before that happens.
So until I come on and feel the noise about Sling on 3G, I’m going to take my iPhone down to the app store city, where the apps are free and they work on 3G. Oh won’t this article please end…..
Say it isn’t so: Apple to deny the SlingPlayer App?
Just when my gadget life was all coming together.
First, I got my Dish HD Absolute package installed about 1 month before they discontinued selling it. So I now get all the HD channels including locals and DVR for $40 a month. Hell yeah! Then I jumped on my wife’s iPhone plan, which is mostly company paid, and converted it to a family plan. Hello shiny new iPhone 3G, goodbye old crappy phone from 2006. Then Dish shows up at CES with a Sling-Loaded DVR. Sling-Loaded meaning that not only can you record, pause, and rewind live TV but now you can also stream that TV to pretty much any internet connected device in the world. How sweet is that? The reason I said pretty much any device is because there is not a SlingPlayer app for the iPhone… at least not yet.
Well, all that changed late last month when Sling submitted their SlingPlayer Mobile app to Apple. You see? You see? Everything is coming together! Or it was until I read this:
Electronista cites “a source close to Apple’s approval processes,” who claims Apple is giving SlingPlayer the red light because AT&T fears it will strain bandwidth on its network.
Noooooooooooooooooooooooo! Damn you AT&T. Damn you Apple for submitting to AT&T. Damn you Sling for being so cool that I would get this upset over an app.
Thankfully, there is a silver lining:
However, Wired.com thinks SlingPlayer will appear in the App Store for a few reasons. First, Sling is a very high-profile, popular service whose plans for an iPhone app have been well-documented; a flat rejection would cause an uproar. Second, Sling tells Wired.com it has a good, communicative relationship with Apple, and we trust Apple will not break that relationship. Third, Apple already announced it’s optimizing live streaming in the upcoming iPhone 3.0 OS — a Major League Baseball app using this improved streaming support is already in the works, although it remains unconfirmed whether this will only work with Wi-Fi.
Well now I don’t know what to think. Will it happen? Won’t it happen? Who knows. I just hope the gadget gods give Sling the push they need to get the SlingPlayer Mobile app approved.
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