Sling Player Mobile Announced for Palm OS

Sling Media and Palm today announced SlingPlayer Mobile for Palm OS, making it possible to watch television on the 3G-enabled Palm Treo 700p smartphone. The new software, expected to be available Q1 '07, will be demonstrated at the Anytime-Anywhere Tech Zone in the Sands Expo & Convention Center, Sling Media booth, No. 69430.

Sling Media Slingbox ProSlingPlayer Mobile for Palm OS will feature a visually enticing graphical interface and enhanced navigation control while leveraging the functionality and ease of use of the Palm OS.

SlingPlayer Mobile is a software client that gives Slingbox customers the ability to watch and control their home TV from a wirelessly enabled smartphone. With today's announcement, SlingPlayer Mobile now supports Treo smartphones running both Palm OS and Windows Mobile, including the Treo 700p, the Treo 700w, the Treo 700wx and the recently announced Treo 750.

Unlike other services currently available for mobile phones and handheld computers, SlingPlayer Mobile gives consumers their entire home TV experience. Anything that they can watch on their sofas back home, they can now watch via a Treo 700p smartphone. In addition, SlingPlayer Mobile customers can control a home digital video recorder (DVR), such as a TiVo, to record shows, watch shows that have been previously recorded, and even pause and rewind live TV.

The mobile TV experience for Palm OS is powered by the award-winning Slingbox, a breakthrough consumer electronics product that enables consumers to watch their living room TV programming from wherever they are by turning virtually any Internet-connected Windows-based laptop or desktop into a personal TV that can be viewed on the Treo 700p. The Slingbox redirects, or "placeshifts," a single live TV stream from a cable box, satellite receiver or DVR to the viewer's PC -- located anywhere in the home or anywhere in the world, via the Internet.

SlingPlayer Mobile Palm OS"We continue to see more customer interest in mobile TV, driven by our expanded platform support and the ability to watch the programming that matters to each customer," said Blake Krikorian, co-founder and chief executive officer, Sling Media, Inc. "SlingPlayer Mobile for Palm OS takes the familiar SlingPlayer Mobile experience and puts that power in the hands of customers who love the Palm OS interface. By making it readily available on the most popular mobile platforms, we continue to meet our objective of creating a quality mobile TV experience for all consumers."

SlingPlayer Mobile for Palm OS is expected to be available in Q1 '07 as a public beta download from Sling Media's website. Pricing has not been finalized at this time.

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This sounds great but...

drbuzz0 @ 1/8/2007 1:12:51 PM # Q
Well the issue with this is that I've become so excited that I wet my pants, repeatedly. As soon as I get a dry pair of pants on, I wet them again. I think my kidneys are in overdrive, and I'm worried about dehydration. So I drink fluids, but that just causes me to wet my pants more, so I don't think it's really helping. I really hope that this comes out soon because I'm just about continuously peeing and that's just no good.

But seriously: this is exciting.

RE: This sounds great but...
honus @ 1/8/2007 1:35:39 PM # Q
I was excited until I realized there was no 680 support.

RE: This sounds great but...
bquin @ 1/8/2007 4:12:12 PM # Q
what about the Palm TX?

...laughing at a world too absurd to take seriously...
RE: This sounds great but...
BaalthazaaR @ 1/8/2007 4:32:46 PM # Q
Now the PalmOS Treos need 802.11g support... or even 802.11n support once the draft is ratified. Given their track record they'll probably announce a super fast 54Mbps 802.11g supported device after 802.11n becomes main stream.
RE: This sounds great but...
BaalthazaaR @ 1/8/2007 4:36:57 PM # Q
Actually I'd settle for any PalmOS device with 802.11g support even as an add-on SDIO card... unless I've been living under a rock and missed one being released.

Wi-Fi? PalmOS Treos don't need no stinkin' Wi-Fi!
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 1/8/2007 4:43:41 PM # Q
Hopefully this can be hacked to work on a CLIE TH55 or VZ90. Slinging to an OLED-screened VZ90 would be KILLER.


RE: Wi-Fi? PalmOS Treos don't need no stinkin' Wi-Fi!
BaalthazaaR @ 1/8/2007 4:52:38 PM # Q
I don't trust the cellular companies... According to some forums Verizon is known to terminate people's plans when they were using the windohs sling player due to excessive usage. I think that Sprint will follow suit when they have a lot more people trying to do the same on their network. Especially since they're both trying to push their version of mobile TV.
RE: This sounds great but...
zinzan @ 1/8/2007 4:56:46 PM # Q

Hmm I think I could be a bit more excited had they mentioned a version compatible with just wifi enabled Palm
PDAs - Zire 72, Tungsten C and E2, Lifedrive, T|X etc... an application like this could really revitalise the PDA market.

"If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate"

RE: This sounds great but...
LiveFaith @ 1/8/2007 4:57:20 PM # Q
680 with EDGE would have to stream moovies at like 32x20 resolution to squeeze it down it's 2001ish bandwith limitations. FrankyG just aint up to the task of UMTS or HSPDA, so us Treo 680 users are probably going to have to settle for a 4GB SD and a little better planning to tote videos around.

Pat Horne
FrankyG in da HOUSE, yo!
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 1/8/2007 5:05:04 PM # Q
680 with EDGE would have to stream moovies at like 32x20 resolution to squeeze it down it's 2001ish bandwith limitations. FrankyG just aint up to the task of UMTS or HSPDA, so us Treo 680 users are probably going to have to settle for a 4GB SD and a little better planning to tote videos around.

I be comin' at ya wit mah 32x20 vids, kickin' out da tunes. Keep it REAL, yo! Peace out!

- FrankyG

RE: This sounds great but...
hkklife @ 1/8/2007 6:50:21 PM # Q
4gb SD? Nah, 8gb SDHC, remember!?!!
Treo 680 users are luckier than you think, Pat!

(look at the TreoCentral forums & the PIC news archive for details if ya don't believe me)

Pilot 1000-->Pilot 5000-->PalmPilot Pro-->IIIe-->Vx-->m505-->T|T-->T|T2-->T|C-->T|T3-->T|T5-->TX-->Treo 700P

RE: This sounds great but...
freakout @ 1/8/2007 7:07:41 PM # Q
And some are unluckier!

(freakout glares at his defunct 680)

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Re: FrankyG in da HOUSE, yo!

drbuzz0 @ 1/8/2007 6:25:46 PM # Q
#1. I see no reason why Garnet cannot support UMTS or HSDPA if it is implimented on a hardware level in a way that makes it relatively transparent to the OS. This could be done by having it emulate a wireless modem and connecting to the chipset by internal USB. Or it could involve some more driver hacking on Palm's part. Of course...that's for the future as the current generation devices cannot do that.

#2. Edge can stream video decently. Not extremely well, but decently. Anyone ever seen MobiTV on a 650 or 680? Broadcast quality it ain't, but it's usable.

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