A search on iTunes App Store for keyword ‘Sling Media’ brings up the name of the company but with no further details.
Now, is it just an indication that SlingPlayer Mobile might soon make its way on the iPhone or does it simply mean that the iPhone App is still being reviewed (as history will tell you).
A lot has been speculated about the approval of the SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone. We have been tracking this story ever since Sling Media had given a brief demo of their pre-alpha proof-of-concept version of their iPhone app back in June 2008 on a jailbroken iPhone.
On March 26th, we finally got the news that Sling Media had submitted their iPhone app – SlingPlayer Mobile to the App Store for approval.
But then came the rumor that AT&T might have put pressure on Apple to reject Sling Media’s iPhone app as they had concerns on bandwidth consumption. But there was no confirmation from either Sling Media or Apple confirming the news.
Then on March 30th, AT&T’s concern was further accentuated when they updated their terms of service (TOS) to say:
The timing of this update was impeccable since it appeared to have been put in place to block SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone which was submitted to the App Store only a few days back.
However, due to public outcry AT&T retracted these changes and explained that the changes were made “in error.”
In the meanwhile, Sling Media kept reiterating that “SlingPlayer app has been submitted to the App Store, and is pending approval.” The app was submitted 6 weeks ago and Sling Media attributed the delay to the fact that SlingPlayer Mobile is a highly complex app especially in comparison to many of the run-of-the-mill iPhone apps. They have recently added the following comment:
The latest chapter to get added in this seemingly endless saga is that of AT&T updating its terms of service (TOS) and have re-introduced the anti-video-streaming terms:
However, this time there is a difference from their earlier objection. The current AT&T objection targets personal computers, and the earlier objection was directed at the usage of ‘mobile device’.
Is this and “Sling Media” showing up in iTunes indications that we could see the SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone soon?
Let’s hope so as I have just bought Slingbox Pro and can’t wait to try out the iPhone app.
As always, let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Thanks Geogo3r for the tip!