Three weeks ago Sling Media teased Windows Mobile fans with the forthcoming Windows Phone 7 version of its SlingPlayer Mobile video-streaming software, promising higher resolutions than it ever before delivered to a Windows handset. Today the app makes its Marketplace debut, available for nearly $30.
When we took a look at the nearly-complete software we saw Sling taking full advantage of the processing power that will be standard for all Windows Phone 7 devices, letting the app display four times as many pixels as the old Windows Mobile version could. The Sling/Windows Mobile relationship goes back years; in fact, in 2006 Windows Mobile devices were among the first to provide mobile access to Slingboxes.
While the new SlingPlayer Mobile has yet to show up in Bing’s WP7 app gallery, when it does it will be one of the most expensive downloads for the new platform. That shouldn’t be surprising, since you’d pay the same $30 for the other mobile editions of the app, but it’s still a lot to swallow, especially considering how it stands out amongst more affordable software.
You’ll be able to access shows on your Slingbox over both WiFi and 3G connections from the start, without the sort of WiFi-only restrictions in place when the SlingPlayer Mobile software debuted on the iPhone. In addition to viewing live TV, you’ll also have the ability to control a DVR and stream recorded programs remotely to your smartphone.