February 4, 2010
Yes folks, the unthinkable has just happened. After months and months of controversy, AT&T has finally decided to allow Sling Media's SlingPlayer Mobile iPhone app to stream over their 3G network. Apparently AT&T had been testing the app since mid-December 2009, and has notified Sling Media and Apple that the optimized app can run safely on its 3G network. Now it's up to Apple to approve of the update and get it in the App Store as soon as possible. As for how this will affect AT&T's already over congested 3G network, AT&T doesn't feel it will be much of a problem.
"Collaboration with developers like Sling Media ensures that all apps are optimized for our 3G network to conserve wireless spectrum and reduce the risk that an app will cause such extreme levels of congestion that they disrupt the experience of other wireless customers. Our focus continues to be on delivering the nation's most advanced mobile broadband experience and giving our customers the widest possible array of mobile applications," said Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets.But we will just have to wait and see about that. The 3G update will be free to all existing SlingPlayer Mobile users. [NY Times via Gizmodo. Thanks to TheMeTree for the tip!]