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AT&T has banned users from using SlingBox over 3G on the iPhone. Wi-Fi is still working, and 3G on other phones remains enabled.
Other phones still have access to the service streamed in 3G

Sling Media’s Slingbox is an intriguing device that allows you to view your cable TV or recorded PVR content on-the-go via transmission from an internet-connected home PC.  The technology was made even sweeter when 3G streaming SlingPlayer Mobile was unveiled for smartphones. 

However, just as good times seemed at hand for iPhone users, the service's 3G streaming capabilities were unexpectedly absent in the $30 app that hit Apple's App Store this week.  It turns out AT&T cut off the 3G streaming citing that its HSPA network likely could not handle the strain.

AT&T issued a statement, describing, "Slingbox, which would use large amounts of wireless network capacity, could create congestion and potentially prevent other customers from using the network. The application does not run on our 3G wireless network. Applications like this, which redirect a TV signal to a personal computer, are specifically prohibited under our terms of service."

However, the strange part comes in its following statements, and the fact that it is still allowing 3G streaming on BlackBerry, S60, Windows Mobile, and Palm phones.  AT&T’s reasoning is that the iPhone is a PC.  It states, "We consider smartphones like the iPhone to be personal computers in that they have the same hardware and software attributes as PCs."

While the ban will likely incense iPhone users, it also does not solve the key dilemma -- how to cope with video streaming.  AT&T writes, "That said, we don't restrict users from going to a Web site that lets them view videos. But what our terms and conditions prohibit is the transferring, or slinging, of a TV signal to their personal computer or smartphone."

Sites like Hulu, YouTube, or AOL Video will likely pose a similar threat to the network.  With growing adoption of smart phones, similar problems are likely to crop up, due to the demands of streaming video.

For now, SlingPlayer on the iPhone will only work over Wi-Fi.  Writes AT&T, "The Slingbox application for the iPhone runs on Wi-Fi. That's good news for AT&T's iPhone 3G customers, who get free Wi-Fi access at our 20,000 owned and operated hot spots in the U.S., including Starbucks, McDonalds, Barnes & Noble, hotels, and airports. AT&T is the industry leader in Wi-Fi."



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RE: Blame Apple, not AT&T
By jevans64 on 5/13/2009 2:44:43 PM , Rating: 4
Yep. This is Apple trying to protect their iTunes store sales just like they did when they rejected the Podcaster app.

Apple is MS for the new millennium.

The iPhone hardware same as a PC. I got a laugh out of that. The AT&T spokesperson who uttered that statement is a moron.

My Dell Axim x50v from 2004 can run circles around the iPhone when it comes to audio and video.


RE: Blame Apple, not AT&T
By foolsgambit11 on 5/13/2009 5:33:23 PM , Rating: 2
But Apple doesn't offer video direct to the iPhone, does it? I know it's not on the iTunes App.


RE: Blame Apple, not AT&T
By QueBert on 5/14/09, Rating: -1
RE: Blame Apple, not AT&T
By callmeroy on 5/14/2009 1:51:37 PM , Rating: 3
LOL....wow just wow......

another person who can't see the forest for the trees....


RE: Blame Apple, not AT&T
By TomCorelis on 5/28/2009 4:08:23 AM , Rating: 1
Nothing can touch an iPod Touch/iPhone for playing music... except an iPod Classic. Oh, 160gb, how I love you so.... :-)


RE: Blame Apple, not AT&T
By JediJeb on 5/14/2009 10:31:24 AM , Rating: 4
The new PC vs Mac commercial:

Im a PC

Im a Mac, and here's my phone that is a PC

lol I just had to laugh when AT&T called the iPhone a PC, you know Steve Jobs has to be shaking his head now!


"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

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