Sling Media has been working on bringing TV viewing to BlackBerry via their Slingbox home console for at least a year or so, and now their public beta will be available real soon!
SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry has been announced and will be available for the Bold, Curve 8320/8900, Pearl 8120/8220 and 8820 on December 30th. If you’ve ever wanted to watch TV directly on your BlackBerry, then this is the ultimate solution. Come to think of it though, I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to watch TV on my device. The occasional YouTube vid has sufficed for me in the past… But hey, I can see how this would be insanely appealing to the mass mobile community. I’m sure that I’m the minority here.
The video above will give you an in-depth look at SlingPlayer mobile for BlackBerry.
Official press release for more info after the jump >
SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry Smartphones Coming December 30th!
Dec. 18, 2008 — Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), is pleased to announce SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry® smartphones will be available for download as part of a public beta beginning Dec. 30, 2008.
For information on SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry smartphones including device support, operator support and system requirements, please visit http://www.slingmedia.com/go/blackberry.
Sling Media will make SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry smartphones available to Slingbox customers in the U.S., Canada and the UK at launch. SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry smartphones will be available as a free download during the public beta period.
The following is a list of BlackBerry smartphones that will be supported at launch.*
- BlackBerry Bold
- BlackBerry Curve 8900
- BlackBerry 8820
- BlackBerry Curve 8320
- BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220
- BlackBerry Pearl 8120
SlingPlayer Mobile requires BlackBerry device software 4.5 or greater. To see if your phone meets the minimum requirements, please visit the following URL using your BlackBerry smartphone’s browser: http://mobile.slingmedia.com/go/bbcheck. We will check your BlackBerry smartphone and let you know if it is supported, if it needs a device software upgrade (available from your carrier), or if it is not supported at this time.
*Sling Media continues to work with Research In Motion, to bring SlingPlayer Mobile to additional BlackBerry smartphone models. In addition, device support is dependent on your location and carrier. Please reference http://www.slingmedia.com/go/blackberry for more information and specific device and carrier support.