Sling Media Slings to iPhone in 2009

By Ken Kerschbaumer

Macworld always offers a slew of tech innovations, and one of the first out of the gate is a Sling Media demo of SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone, which is being developed for the iTunes store and is slated to be delivered to Apple for certification in the first quarter. It will allow users to watch TV signals delivered to their cable or satellite set-top box on their iPhone. In addition, SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone users will be able to control their home digital video recorder (DVR) to watch recorded shows; pause, rewind, and fast forward live TV; or even queue new recordings while away from home.

Sling Media is also unveiling a prototype of the new SlingPlayer for Mac HD, which allows Slingbox PRO-HD users to stream HD content to their Mac desktop or laptop computer. A Web-based version of the SlingPlayer software, it will be accessible from Sling.com, Sling Media’s recently launched video entertainment Website.

“SlingPlayer Mobile is ideally suited for the iPhone’s large touch-screen display, and I know iPhone users are eagerly anticipating the application’s availability,” says Blake Krikorian, co-founder and CEO of Sling Media. “Add to that HD streaming support for Slingbox PRO-HD customers and live TV support on our video entertainment site, Sling.com, and you can see Sling Media is committed to delivering great solutions for Mac users.”