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Sling: We Changed Nothing To Get AT&T 3G Approval
AT&T: Sling 'made important changes' to get 3G approval...
by Karl Bode 01:31PM Friday Feb 05 2010
Yesterday AT&T received a significant amount of media attention for a announcing that they would be unblocking the Sling player for the iPhone so it worked over AT&T's 3G network. In their press release, AT&T proclaimed that Sling "was willing to work with us to revise the app so it was more bandwidth sensitive," adding that Sling "made important changes to more efficiently use 3G network bandwidth and conserve wireless spectrum so that we were able to support the app on our 3G mobile broadband network." Except, to hear Sling tell it, they didn't change a damn thing:
quote:
We didn't change anything," Sling Media's John Santoro told Ars. "AT&T never discussed any specific requirements with us." Santoro explained that SlingPlayer Mobile has always contained code to adapt the stream quality to the given network conditions. AT&T has been in discussions with Sling since it was first released last year, but AT&T never asked the company to make specific modifications. No changes were made to the app's 3G streaming capabilities between its being barred from AT&T and now.
So, what changed? Well, the FCC is busy trying to craft network neutrality guidelines, and AT&T may have thought that blocking the bandwidth intensive Sling player while allowing content from equally-bandwidth-intensive (but paid partner) apps might raise regulatory hackles. AT&T has also been long-rumored to be working on a place-shifting service that allows iPhone users to view U-Verse content from anywhere, which would obviously compete directly with the Sling Player application.

Either way, approval is approval. But AT&T's claim that they engaged in non-existent collaboration with Sling is still curious.

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rapidrick

join:1999-10-28
Bear, DE

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Huh...

Not too surprising...AT&T can't be trusted??

They're trying the Jedi mind tricks...

These are not the Droids you're looking for.....

28619103
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Re: Huh...

I see the note above and the links to the PR, but I don't see a date when this will be available. Anyone?
Lets Go

join:2005-03-05
Homer, NY

How about some Verizon Love!!

Where is the Verizon app? Would love to be able to sling to my BB Storm.
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xirian
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Beacon, NY
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Re: How about some Verizon Love!!

Verizon isn't the maker of your phone, RIM is, and there already is a blackberry app: »www.slingbox.com/go/blackberry

The reason att is involved in this is because all apps have to be approved by apple.
Lets Go

join:2005-03-05
Homer, NY

Re: How about some Verizon Love!!

If you bothered to look at the link you supplied you would notice that there are not any Verizon phones listed that will work. When I try to load the player from my phone it says that my phone is not supported. I would think it is more of a Verizon issue than a RIMM issue since BB phones from At@T and T-Mobile seem to work.
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MRCUR

join:2007-03-09
Columbia, PA

Re: How about some Verizon Love!!

It definitely looks like CDMA devices aren't supported (which would be the reason no VZW or Sprint branded BBs are listed). That seems odd to me, but I guess it could be VZW and Sprint blocking the app.

I don't understand why the app wouldn't install though, unless it's actually checking the branding version of your phone, not the OS version/hardware.
Big Dawg 23

join:2002-03-27
Northfield, MN
It worked just fine on my BB Tour 9630 on VZW.

fifty nine

join:2002-09-25
Sussex, NJ
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said by Lets Go:

Where is the Verizon app? Would love to be able to sling to my BB Storm.
I have had sling on my VZW EVDO Palm treo and now centro for a few years now.

axiomatic

join:2006-08-23
Tomball, TX

Please stop talking about this issue.

Please stop talking about this issue.

I don't want anything to happen to make AT&T change their mind on this issue just to "save face."

Move along... nothing to see here.
the cerberus

join:2007-10-16
Richmond Hill, ON

Re: Please stop talking about this issue.

but talking about it spreads awareness.

it would bother me if I worked on the sling app and at&t all of the sudden said I changed it to make it work on 3g. It was at&t's stupid anticompetitive decision no one else's. and this just confirms they are trying to cover their asses.

Dustyn
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said by axiomatic:

Please stop talking about this issue.

I don't want anything to happen to make AT&T change their mind on this issue just to "save face."

Move along... nothing to see here.
No thanks.

kfsutops
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Tampa, FL

I thought AT&T didn't have a say

I thought AT&T said all along that it was Apple that blocked applications? Isn't that what was said in the beginning?

Maybe I missed something.
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openbox9
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Re: I thought AT&T didn't have a say

It is Apple that approves applications, with exception of the ones that violate the Apple/AT&T contractual agreement. There was an article on the front page of DSLR last year that discussed some of the terms, such as restricting streaming video.

morbo
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AT&T lies

Sling didn't change a damn thing. Wow. This is interesting because it really allows consumers to see AT&T's true colors: a nice shade of liars.

en102
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join:2001-01-26
Valencia, CA

Re: AT&T lies

Its all smoke and mirrors with PR. I would have expected AT&T to have at least paid Sling PR to work with their statement.

morbo
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Re: AT&T lies

Do companies do that?
MRCUR

join:2007-03-09
Columbia, PA

Re: AT&T lies

Probably...

del ftl

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Baffled

I'm just baffled by this. ATT usually runs around claiming that they have nothing to do with approval process or any effects or input on apps in the app store or how they run on the iphone. They are always saying ask apple why x app doesnt work with Y or why Z app isnt on the store. And now they are saying that they worked with an iphone app producer to get it approved for ATT to allow? What other phone/phone company does this? How can this company and the itoy be worth 110 dollars a month with this kind of crap going on?

Blatant lying to the consumer used to mean something, but when the bright shiny itoy is flashed around the clueless consumer follows along like a pig to the slaughter.

How many of you pay 110 dollars a month for this kind of experience?
Headtalk

join:2001-08-17

AT&T

Didn't AT&T say they needed to upgrade there back haul circuits to accommodate the extra bandwidth in 2009. Whats the big deal? who cares .....

funchords
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Re: AT&T

said by Headtalk:

Didn't AT&T say they needed to upgrade there back haul circuits to accommodate the extra bandwidth in 2009.
Yet they rolled out their own video product and also partnered with MLB - same backhaul.
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Chaldo

join:2008-03-18
West Bloomfield, MI

Update: Sling actually did work with AT&T

UPDATE: It seems that SlingMedia did, in fact, work with AT&T on getting this approved after all. Apparently while no code changes to the streaming portion of the application was changed due to AT&T’s requests, Sling did update it during continued development. AT&T later approved the application on their network for usage on iPhone devices.

this is from »www.boygeniusreport.com/2010/02/···ith-att/

ifarrell

join:2000-08-10
Willow Spring, NC

Re: Update: Sling actually did work with AT&T

That story has changed to reflect the OP.
It now says they didn't.
I have a tendency to believe Sling over AT&T who have been known to lie on many occasions.

moko

join:2002-12-22
Fayetteville, GA

place shifting

att is working on slinging their own u-verse......well this is what we should be able to do along.....and what slingplayer has been doing....if i pay for a service at home....and i pay for internet....i should be able to watch it anywhere....which we can with products like sling

moko

join:2002-12-22
Fayetteville, GA

Re: place shifting

btw: if att makes their ownplace shifting tech,i still want competition,and be able to you other PSing products like sling....to see who's hardware/software does the best job.
AVonGauss
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Samsung / AT&T Commercials

It may have something to do with the fact that AT&T is now advertising on TV you can watch the olympics on your cell phone.