Sling Media has just introduced the full version of SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Mobile Smartphones. A version for Pocket PCs has been out for several months, but the one for Smartphones has only been available as a public beta.
Today's release means that Windows Mobile users can now watch everything they could on their home TV... but on their handheld or smartphone.
The Smartphone version of this application offers many of the features people have become accustomed to on the desktop one: a full-screen mode, favorite channels, stereo sound, and more.
It works over Wi-Fi as well as cellular-wireless technologies like EV-DO and EDGE.
"We are very excited to announce the final version of our SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Smartphone software, which turns devices like the Motorola Q into a personal TV," said Blake Krikorian, Sling Media co-founder and CEO. "It's a two for one deal -- buy a Slingbox and not only have the ability to watch and control your home TV on your computer anytime, anywhere, but also watch and control it on some of the hottest mobile phones and handheld computers on the market."
This software is compatible with devices that run Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone, including the popular Motorola Q, T-Mobile SDA, and the i-Mate SP5m.
This application costs $29.99, but anyone who buys and registers a Slingbox before September 16 will receive a free registration code for the SlingPlayer Mobile software.
Free Pocket PC Version, too
The Pocket PC version of SlingPlayer Mobile typically costs $29.99, but Sling Media is extending to handheld users the same offer it is making to owners of Smartphones. That means anyone getting a Slingbox before the middle of next month can get a copy of the mobile version for free.
This application is compatible with devices that run Windows Mobile Pocket PC 5.0 and 2003 Second Edition, such as the Cingular 8125, Palm Treo 700w, PPC 6700, T-Mobile MDA and a number of popular handheld computers including the HP iPAQ and Dell Axim.
A 30-days trial version of SlingPlayer Mobile is also available.
A full list of compatible handhelds and smartphones can be found on the Sling Media web site.
The Slingbox hooks to a user's video equipment and broadcasts the output over the Internet.
This means that it's possible for a Slingbox user to play a DVD in their living room and watch it while on the other side of the world.
The Slingbox hardware can be hooked up to a variety of A/V equipment -- like DVD players, TiVo boxes, and cable service -- simultaneously.
It even has a small IR remote built into it, so anything that can be done in the living room can be done with Slingbox.
There isn't a monthly service fee, just a one-time charge to buy the hardware and, for mobile users, the software.
Sling Media is currently working on a software client for Macs and hopes to eventually develop clients for Palm OS, RIM Blackberry, Symbian, J2ME, and BREW, too.
More information on SlingPlayer Mobile is available on the Sling Media web site.