Slingbox arrives on Google TV

Sling Media’s SlingPlayer app is now available on Google TV, making it possible for Logitech Revue owners to access Slingbox streams on their device. The launch of the Google TV app comes a month after SlingBox debuted a dedicated app for the Boxee Box.

Vid-Biz: Hulu, SlingPlayer on iPad, Greystripe

Hulu Sends Some Traffic To Level 3 and Limelight Networks; video content from Hulu historically came exclusively from Akamai, but lately, the site is also using Level 3 and Limelight Networks for some of its video delivery. (Streaming Media blog) Related: Hulu’s a Towering Success — Just Not Financially (AdAge)

What’s Next for SlingPlayer Mobile? (iPad!); Sling has confirmed they’re prepared to increase the video resolution available on the SlingPlayer Mobile app someday soon. (ZatzNotFunny!)

Time Warner Cable Connects On YES’s Live Streaming Service; the regional sports network and the nation’s No. 2 cable operator have reached an agreement whereby the MSO’s customers will be able to watch Yankees ballgames on their computers. (Multichannel News)

Mobile Advertising Network Greystripe Brings Its iFlash Ads to the iPad; ad startup says that it will be bringing its rich media iFlash ad units to the iPad in May. (TechCrunch)

Newzbin Slams Movie Studios After Court Defeat; After losing its High Court case against several Hollywood movie studios yesterday, Usenet indexing site Newzbin says its defeat was the result of flawed evidence and the unfair legal might of the MPAA. (TorrentFreak)

How TV Makers Are Selling the Idea of 3-D at Home; TV manufacturers are betting on 3-D, with forecasts that consumers will buy 3.5 million to 4 million such sets, or about 10 percent of all U.S. television sales, this year. (NY Times)

ITV Picks Pluck To Power Viewers’ Web Interaction; after months of talks, ITV has picked Demand Media’s Pluck social platform to manage viewer engagement with This Morning, plus Loose Women, Coronation Street and its upcoming World Cup 2010 site. (paidContent:UK)

SlingPlayer Coming to the iPhone

The  SlingPlayer application will come to the iPhone, thanks to Sling Media working with AT&T to adjust the way its video application uses bandwidth on AT&T’s overburdened 3G network. This will be great for people who want to stream television content from their Slingbox at home to their iPhone while traveling, and marks a turning point in the mobile application world, whereby developers and carriers work closely to adapt their apps to the constraints of the mobile network. Continue reading on GigaOM.

SlingPlayer for iPhone Now Available in Europe, Wi-Fi Only

slingplayer_mobileYou no longer have to gaze wistfully across the Atlantic, European readers, because SlingPlayer today officially released its mobile app (iTunes link) for iPhone across 16 countries in your continent. You may, however, bemoan the lack of 3G streaming in the version that was released.

It’s been four months since the original SlingPlayer app was released in the initial launch countries of the U.S., the UK, and Canada in May. Thus far, none of the apps released have support for streaming over 3G, a limitation which some users are jailbreaking their phones to get around. Read More about SlingPlayer for iPhone Now Available in Europe, Wi-Fi Only

SlingPlayer for iPhone Coming Soon

Sling Media, Inc. have announced at Macworld that they are working on a version of SlingPlayer Mobile for the iPhone. Demonstrations are being given at the conference, and the software would seem to be in the later stages of development.

The software provides a way to push TV content wirelessly (via 3G or Wi-Fi) to your iPhone; everything including standard TV content, local channels and video on demand. The iPhone is also able to function as a wireless remote control for your digital video recorder, to control the playback of recordings and schedule new ones.

Blake Krikorian, co-founder and CEO of Sling Media noted:

SlingPlayer Mobile is ideally suited for the iPhone’s large touch screen display and I know iPhone users are eagerly anticipating the application’s availability. Add to that HD streaming support for Slingbox PRO-HD customers and live TV support on our video entertainment site,, and you can see Sling Media is committed to delivering great solutions for Mac users.

In addition, the company unveiled a prototype of the new SlingPlayer for Mac HD, allowing the streaming of HD content to your Mac. It will be a web based system, accessible from

Availability & Pricing

SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone is scheduled to be passed to Apple for certification in the first quarter of 2009, and will be compatible with the iPhone and iPod touch. The price hasn’t yet been finalized, but is expected to come in at around $30 — similar to SlingPlayer Mobile on other devices.

SlingPlayer for Mac HD will be available for free via at around the same time.

A New BlackBerry Experience Goes Beta: SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry

slingmedialogoSince its first launch in early 1996 I have been a follower of SlingMedia’s SlingBox hardware and companion SlingPlayer software. At that time it allowed me to take advantage of Canadian networks’ extensive coverage of the Turin Winter Olympics while working on a project in southern California. For instance, I was able to watch the Women’s Hockey gold medal game on CBC at a Starbucks in Palm Springs.

Their initial SlingPlayer only worked on Windows-based PC’s. With today’s public beta launch of SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry, I can now access my cable TV subscription on a BlackBerry from any location worldwide where it has high speed Internet access. Read More about A New BlackBerry Experience Goes Beta: SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry

Vid-Biz: SlingPlayer, FCC, Web Series

SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Now on More Devices; 15 new handsets supported, including Sprint Treo 800w, Sony Ericsson X1 and Palm Treo Pro. (Gizmodo)

FCC Releases Maps of Digital TV Coverage; commission says 89 percent of full-power U.S. TV stations will see a net gain of viewers after the switch, while 11 percent will have a net loss. (Broadcasting & Cable)

International Distribution Becoming More Important for Web Series; shows like Prom Queen and Gemini Division heading overseas highlights how web producers are mimicking Hollywood to try and turn a profit. (TVWeek)

Long Tail Won’t Guarantee Hulu Growth; Andrew Wallenstein says the popular premium content site needs to be programmed 12 months a year in order to keep growing. (MediaWeek)

Yes We Can Tops Year-End Viral Video List; Truveo collects the top videos from the past year, among them clips featuring Paris Hilton, Obama and Fred. (Truveo)


Early Look at Livestation on the iPhone

Livestation is demoing live-video streaming on the iPhone and iPod touch. Pretty cool stuff, but the product isn’t out yet, and it will only be available over Wi-Fi.

Why BlackBerry Storm Is An iPhone (and G-1) Killer

Having followed activity in the BlackBerry ecosystem over the past few weeks, I have come to the conclusion that BlackBerry Storm should be called BlackBerry Stealth. Why? With little media coverage, its forthcoming launch is the sleeper play in the smartphone market; it is poised to make major market penetration on its launch later this fall.