The first exciting news from Macworld 2009 came late Monday afternoon when Sling Media PR director Brian Jaquet announced that we will see the much anticipated SlingPlayer for the iPhone by the end of the quarter. If you own a version of their SlingBox set top, this app will allow you to watch live TV, record DVR programs, and even watch recorded films over the air with a 3G or wifi connection.
Six months ago at WWDC, Sling showed off a proof-of-concept SlingPlayer on a jailbroken iPhone. Sling also informed reporters that they were using a jailbroken phone because they had not been accepted into Apple’s Developer Program. From that moment, the rumor mill went into overdrive about why we have not seen an Apple approved SlingPlayer in the app store.
Along with the exciting iPhone news, Sling Media also announced that their streaming site, sling.com will begin supporting OS X via a browser plugin. For the first time, Mac users will be able to stream HD TV on their browsers from the SlingPlayer. Very exciting to see that Sling is finally showing Apple some love and I, for one, can’t wait to see the demo in person.