Sling's Macworld Goodies: iPhone, OS X HD

Sling Media is on site at Macworld today and will be demo-ing an authentic iPhone Slingbox software and Mac OS X HD streaming.

If you recall, Sling previously produced a (jailbreak) proof-of-concept SlingPlayer last summer for accessing home television content via iPhone. However, they’re finally ready to get legit with an SDK-produced client which they intend to submit to Apple for approval early this year (Q1). No word yet on cost. I imagine Sling’s still evaluating various price points, in light of Apple’s 30% cut and the small number of iTunes apps priced over $20. (All prior SlingPlayer Mobile clients have run $30 per license, after free 30 day trial.)

Also on tap (Q1) is OS X Slingbox PRO HD streaming. While Windows owners have enjoyed HD streaming these last few months, Mac users have been left out in the cold. That’ll be rectified shortly… via updates to Meaning, this is purely a web-based player - think browser plugin. I also have word that the PC browser components will be updated to support HD streaming in the same time frame. No word yet on the possibility of updates to the desktop OS X software.

I expect to spend a decent amount of time with my Sling pals at the EchoStar booth from CES later this week. So standby for additional news, such as Sling-capable DISH DVR (VIP 922s) updates and some hands on photos or video.

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