Sling Media has released SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone and iPod touch customers across Europe, with the Wi-Fi version of the application now available in 16 additional countries.
The application was first made available to iPhone and iPod touch customers in the US, Canada and the UK in May 2009.
Sling Media, a subsidiary of the EchoStar Corporation, has yet to have the the 3G version of the application approved outside the US.
"We are disappointed that Apple has not yet approved the 3G version of the SlingPlayer Mobile application for iPhone and iPod customers outside the US," said John Gilmore, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sling Media.
"However, we are very excited to launch the Wi-Fi version - it gives our European customers access to the full spectrum of viewing choices on their iPhone or iPod touch when connected to a Wi-Fi network - the ability to watch and control both their live TV from home - local channels, local sports, video-on-demand and pay-per-view - as well as their home digital video recorder (DVR)."
The lack of 3G support is highlighted in App Store customers reviews. "Come on Apple approve it. Sling over 3G is the real benefit of this app," writes customer Maletomnow. "BlackBerry, Nokia's Sony Ericsson's can all do it, why not iPhones? We all pay enough for them."
"Are we being dictated to by Apple and our service providers?" adds customer Kevin Hancox. "I know the 3G issue isn't Sling's fault, but seems to be very restrictive of Apple."
When your iPhone or iPod touch is connected to a Wi-Fi network, the SlingPlayer Mobile software application connects to your Slingbox SOLO or PRO and allows you to watch and control your home TV.
Change channels, control your DVR and watch favourite shows via your iPhone or iPod touch says the makers.
Available at the Apple iTunes App Store SlingPlayer Mobile costs £17.99 and requires the iPhone 3.0 Software Update or later.
SlingPlayer Mobile is also now available across Europe in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
SlingPlayer Mobile requires a compatible SlingPlayer. More details can be found at www.slingmedia.com.
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