DISH Network subsidiary Sling Media is working on a Windows Phone 7 version of its Slingplayer Mobile application, according to a recently-posted YouTube video, one which will reportedly offer higher resolution streaming after years of limiting Windows Mobile customers to QVGA viewing. As you might expect, the program takes its styling cues from the Metro UI, which is a nice touch considering that the company could have just recycled its attractive iPhone interface and called it a day.
Currently Sling offers mobile placeshifting apps for all the major platforms, having started with Windows Mobile several years ago and gradually adding support for Symbian, Palm (Garnet OS, not webOS), BlackBerry, iOS, and most recently, Android. However, the majority of these programs severely throttled the maximum resolution, with the WinMo client only offering QVGA streams even in its most recent iteration. Because of the weighty Chassis 1 hardware requirements, however, Sling was apparently able to incorporate VGA viewing in its Windows Phone 7 software; with every WP7 device containing at least a 1GHz processor and 256MB of RAM, the platform is apparently well-suited for high-performance applications.
According to the narrator of the video, we can expect to see Slingplayer Mobile for Windows Phone 7 in the Marketplace “soon.”