We may not be seeing the SlingPlayer iPhone application coming to the iPhone AppStore anytime soon. Boy Genius Report has posted a tip that claims Apple has just killed the SlingPlayer for iPhone application. The nameless tipster claims that AT&T had requested Apple pull the plug on the SlingPlayer iPhone app.
Apple’s iPhone and, more significantly, iPhone 3G fleet has been attributed with clogging up AT&T’s 3G data network like a triple cheeseburger army attacking a coronary artery. The threat of a data network overloaded with iPhones pulling down SlingPlayer broadcasts may have been dire enough to push AT&T to act – asking Apple to reject the SlingPlayer iPhone application.
The rest of the smartphone world has been pulling down place-shifted TV broadcasts for ages, but the SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone application was only announced a couple months ago at Mobile World Congress. Alas, this rumor, if true, will keep the iPhone out of reach of Sling Media (possibly until AT&T rolls out HSPA+).
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