We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

UK gets Slingbox with Freeview tuner & HD

iPhone to get streaming TV app?

Slingbox to an iPhone?

Sling Media's next big announcement is likely to be the ability to view TV on a BlackBerry handset. Until the latest 3G versions of the BlackBerry smartphone were launched, the handset lacked both the mobile connection speed and the video engine to support an application such as the SlingPlayer. Nonetheless, say Sling Media, "it was the most requested app for us".

The SlingPlayer application has just been updated and we’re told that the results on Nokia’s high-end N95, in particular, are stunning. Slingbox is going onsale via Carphone Warehouse and is likely to be available as a £20 download for media-centric handsets. Its makers are particularly keen to push the concept of 'slinging' TV on mobile phone handsets because the visibility of it – whereby users can show off to their mates – will help push recognition of the Slingbox concept as a whole in a way that a silver and red box tucked away at home cannot.

Sling Media is also hopeful that it will be able to offer a TV module for Apple’s iPhone, enabling viewers to enjoy streamed TV content on its 3.5in widescreen. While the iPhone is Wi-Fi-enabled, however, it does not yet support 3G and Apple CEO Steve Jobs said at last week’s European iPhone launch that he does not expect 3G chipsets to reach the stage where they can operate without impeding battery life to an unacceptably large extent for around a year.

Assuming Apple allows Sling Media to develop a TV application for the iPhone, this would imply a TV-capable 3G iPhone is around a year away. Even so, Sling Media claims to have yet more products in the pipeline for January’s all-important Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, so we wouldn’t be at all surprised to find such a device being demonstrated there.

IDG UK Sites

Acer Aspire R11 review: Hands-on with the 360 laptop and tablet convertible

IDG UK Sites

Apple Watch release day: Twitter reacts

IDG UK Sites

See how Framestore created a shape-shifting, oil and metal based creature for Shell

IDG UK Sites

Apple Watch buying guide, price list & where to buy today: Which Apple Watch model, size, material,?......