When of the best pieces of electronic gadgetry to come out in the past few years is the Slingbox from Sling Media. The Slingbox is a little gizmo that allows you to control your DVR, cable box, satellite receiver or any other type of TV entertainment you have as well as watch live TV via an internet connection.
Slingplayer is the utility that allows you to control your Slingbox over the internet on your PC and Slingplayer Mobile can do the same from a Windows Mobile powered PDA or smartphone. Slingplayer Mobile clients are currently in beta for Palm and Symbian powered devices, however, unfortunately, no one seems to be able to get a clear answer on if Sling Media is working on Slingplayer Mobile for BlackBerry.
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.
Hardware limitations have prevented Sling Media for creating a mobile Slingplayer for the BlackBerry. This is not the case with next generation BlackBerry devices starting with the BlackBerry Pearl, however. Seeing how there are more BlackBerrys floating around than any other smartphone, it’s kind of odd that Sling Media has yet to announce a Slingplayer Mobile for BlackBerry especially with the BlackBerry 8800 launch just being around the corner.
those guys are ripping your content
Slingplayer really requires 3G to work decently…and unfortunately, RIM has yet to come out with a new generation BB with 3G…it will come, until it does, there will be no slingplayer.
It would work fine on Verizon with a 1x or 1xEV connection.
Who needs Slingbox if you can get this:
You can’t possibly be serious. If I wanted to watch 24, I would have to first record it, then convert it, which would take hours, put it onto a memory card, then I could watch it.
You don’t have to go through any of that with the Slingbox.
Rich: agreed that slingplayer would work nice on Verizon’s 3G network…just like it does on the Q…alas, though, RIM is late to the game in getting out CDMA versions of their BB units…
It’s a pity…Moto, for instance, clearly wanted the Q out on 3G first, and so released on Verizon before anyone else…all we are asking for is for RIM to release a CDMA BB concurrently with GSM versions, or heck, I’d be satisfied with only a month or so lag time, rather than the 9 to 12 months it has been in the past.
When is Sling Media or anyone else going to support / creating a Adobe Flash Player for the Blackberry?
having the Adobe Flash Player will solve all of these problems of no or limited media on the Blackberry. Can you say free YouTube.com! Plus someone could make a real nice rss podcast reader or vlog reader IE… rocketboom.com or better yet http://www.zefrank.com/theshow on your blackberry that would be awsome.
THIS PLAY TO PLAY FOR EVERY VIDEO WILL NEVER WORK.
I agree with having a closed system (vcast flashcast or flashlite) for premium content, BUT Adobe Flash on the Blackberry opens up somy doors for delevopment. Best example we very one could have a walk around Video phone.
Well thats my 2 cents…
lackBerry SlingPlayer hands-ons
Check out the gallery, pics of it on the Pearl.