Slingbox/SlingPlayer support for Apple iPhone?

SlingPlayer on Apple iPhoneSlingbox is one of those “nice to have” features on my Motorola Q phone. It allows me to stream television from my home to my phone, through the Verizon EVDO network. It works very well, actually. The SlingPlayer is supported on Windows Mobile and Palm devices, but not yet the Apple iPhone.

With AT&T’s slow EDGE network, I can’t imagine using it while travelling, however when I’m near a WiFi hotspot, it would be cool.

Before I purchased the iPhone, I checked the SlingPlayer page and discovered there was no support announced just yet. I fired off an email asking “When will you have a SlingPlayer client for the iPhone?” Their answer:

Dear Chris,

Thank you for contacting Sling Media support.

I am very sorry for this inconvenience Chris. At this moment we really don’t have an estimate due date for the Po software. Please keep checking in our web page for more information about this software. If you need any other assistance, please contact us at or at 1-877-G0-SLING (1-877-467-5464), 7am-7pm Pacific Time, Monday through Friday

It reads like a canned response, and I’m not quite sure what “Po software” is exactly, but my guess is they are working on it. Just figured I’d post this up in case anyone else was wondering the same thing.

The SlingPlayer is also supported on the desktop, on Windows and more recently Mac OS X. So my hope is that since they’ve developed a Mac OS X version, it will be somewhat easy to port it over to the iPhone.

Only time will tell… in the meantime, at least iPhone users can sling YouTube videos!

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