Sling 3g for iPhone, Just in Time for March Madness

Posted on 17 February 2010

Slingbox on the iPhone

Slingbox on the iPhone

This morning I noticed a new update was available for my iPhone in the App Store for Slingbox.  I about fell on the floor when reading the release notes which simply said “enables 3G”.  Over the past several months AT&T has enabled (allowed Apple to enable) MMS on the iPhone and now has given their blessing to stream audio/video over their network via Sling.  So today on my drive to work, I streamed television onto my phone not necessarily because I wanted to listen to it as I drove down the road, but because I could.  Technology is a wonderful thing when it’s allowed to be an enabler.

For those that don’t know, Slingbox is a device ($150) that you can install in your home, that allows you to access your television lineup from your computer or phone.  In 2006 I spent several weeks in South Africa during the month of March and it drove me nuts that I couldn’t watch any of March Madness from my computer.  When I got home I did a little research and discovered Sling Media.  Over the next three years I pretty much lived the life of a consultant out of a suitcase, and the purchase of the Slingbox was a no-brainer.  In the summer of 2009 Sling was added to the App Store, the gotcha however was that AT&T/Apple only allowed media to stream via a Wi-Fi connection.  Today’s update now allows the phone to stream video via Wi-Fi or 3G.

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