SlingPlayer Mobile Released, For Real

Dave Zatz —  April 27, 2006

The SlingPlayer Mobile for portable Windows devices, which has been in public beta for a month, is officially released today. If you were savvy enough to buy and register a Slingbox by 4/26, the software is free… otherwise it’s going to cost you $29.99. It looks like they’re still working out the kinks on non-touchscreen devices like the TMo SDA (HTC Tornado) and will provide a software update in the near future.

By the way, if you look real closely at the press clipping below you’ll notice additional phone OS support is in the works…

Sling says: Sling Media, Inc., a digital lifestyle consumer electronics products company, today announced the first official release of SlingPlayer Mobile for Slingbox owners. SlingPlayer Mobile is a new software package that gives Slingbox owners the ability to watch and control their home TV from any network-enabled mobile phone or handheld computer (PDA) powered by Windows Mobile. The SlingPlayer Mobile software available today is compatible with devices that run Windows Mobile Pocket PC 5.0 and 2003 Second Edition. Sling Media will deliver a version for non-touchscreen devices based on Windows Mobile Smartphone later this quarter.

“We have been thrilled with the response to our public beta and the feedback we’ve received from our customers,” said Blake Krikorian, co-founder and CEO of Sling Media. “Having completed this important phase of development, we are now ready to officially release SlingPlayer Mobile. While Microsoft Windows Mobile is the first handheld and mobile phone platform that Sling Media is supporting, we are committed to expanding support for other mobile device platforms in the future.”