Question of the Day: Blackberry Slingplayer?

Another day, another question! Actually, we probably won’t do this daily and this question came in yesterday. A fellow tech blogger asks:

Would you clear something up for me? Is there a Blackberry version of the Slingplayer and is EDGE fast enough to support it?

Sling doesn’t currently provide placeshifting software for the Blackberry platform… which is too bad as Windows Mobile drives me crazy. While getting briefed on Sling’s CES announcements a few weeks ago, I did inquire about Blackberry support. They are aware of consumer interest in such a product, though I wasn’t able to determine if something is or is not being developed at this time. Either way, I wouldn’t expect support in the near future. To recap, Sling does offer Slingplayer Mobile for Windows Mobile PocketPC and Smartphone editions ($30), while Symbian and Palm clients are currently in beta testing.

As far as EDGE goes, that approaches the lowest recommended speed for streaming video. It will work, but perhaps not as well as you’d like. Having said that, the Slingplayer has two useful features for low bandwidth situations: You can stream solely the audio portion of a broadcast or turn the video into a slideshow with a new image about every half second paired with the normal audio track.

5 thoughts on “Question of the Day: Blackberry Slingplayer?”

  1. Come on guys, I am stuck with my company forcing the blackberry as is the rest of “corporate” america…. This sucks. Please,please,please,please,please,please!!!!!!

  2. Oh, PLLEEAAAZZZEEEE bring out the Sling for BlackBerry! I had purchased the Sling Mobile for Palm with my Treo and used it a LOT, but since I had the Moxi DVR from Charter, the Sling was frustrating. I finally ditched it for Dish Network’s DVR about the time my company FORCED me to give up my Treo and move to the BlackBerry. I at least picked up the Pearl so I know that I should be able to Sling… So, now I have a DVR that the Sling likes but I lost my Sling Mobile. grrrrrr…..

  3. When are you people going to put the Blackberry on the Sling Box? Anyone that’s in the corporate world has a Blackberry. Why aren’t you rewarding us men with the availibility of a Sling Box? PLEASE GET IT DONE.

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