Sling Media, developers of the popular Slingbox device, today announced the release of a Windows Mobile based software application which gives Slingbox owners the ability to watch and control their home TV viewing from any network-enabled mobile phone or PDA. The public beta of SlingPlayer Mobile is available for free download to compatible devices which run Windows Mobile Pocket PC 5.0 and 2003 Second Edition.
SlingPlayer Mobile, said Sling Media, gives consumers access to their entire home TV experience, making any program that can be viewed back home available via a Windows Mobile-based device. In addition, SlingPlayer Mobile users can also control their home digital video recorder (DVR) to watch recorded shows, pause, rewind, and fast forward live TV, or even queue new recordings while on the road.
Sling Media will also deliver a SlingPlayer Mobile version for non-touchscreen devices based on Windows Mobile Smartphone within the next month. Beginning April 26th, SlingPlayer Mobile will be available for $29.99 and includes a free 30-day trial. Slingbox owners who purchase and register their Slingbox prior to April 26th will receive a free license for SlingPlayer Mobile. There are no monthly or recurring charges for the use of the software.
“SlingPlayer Mobile has arrived and we are thrilled to offer this amazing new piece of software to our loyal customer base,” said Blake Krikorian, co-founder and CEO of Sling Media, in a statement. “SlingPlayer Mobile delivers the complete home TV experience on any compatible Windows Mobile device and works with your existing Slingbox. Best of all, we are making it available for free for a limited time so if you are thinking about becoming a Slingbox owner, now is the perfect time.”