PalmAddicts have done a review of the beta version of SlingPlayer and it gets a very good write up. I don’t know if, and suspect it is not, available for the UK yet. It’s funny how a few years ago mobile TV was going to the be all and end all killer app for mobile devices but it just hasn’t happened yet. What’s more, there seems to be nothing much on the horizon either.
I imagine the fearsome UK data costs are not helping develop this product.
Anyway, who wants to watch a whole lot of blokes dressed like they are in Clockwork Orange poncing about playing rounders?
"take the first part of my test: I turned on my Palm SlingPlayer, and
chose my Slingbox from the menu (you can have access to as many
Slingboxes as you want). My wife was in our den (where the Slingbox is
connected), and was watching a NY Yankees Spring Training broadcast.
Since the TV and Yankee game were already on, I was immediately watching that broadcast from the YES Network.
During the game, I can use the spacebar and D-pad on my Treo to
access the SlingPlayer’s menus. In the bottom graphic, I have accessed
the remote control; and, the controls appear as a bar across the bottom
of my screen (you can click on the blue arrows to the extreme
left/right for more control choices). The menu allows me to change
volume, channels, turn the DVR on/off and view/choose from DirecTV’s
program guide (and much more that we will discuss below).
If the DirecTV tuner/DVR wasn’t already on, I could turn it on from
my Treo. If it was already on, and I didn’t like the program (and
really wanted to annoy my family), I could change to another channel.
It’s really that simple.
So, how is the experience of viewing TV on a screen the size of a
Saltine? With SlingPlayer for Palm OS, it was very enjoyable…especially
compared with the extreme limitations of MobiTV and other such
services. Within the EvDO network, the picture was fluid, crisp and
smooth. Outside of EvDO, there are occasional blips and pauses as the
cache deals with the slower data input. However, it was still much
better then I could have anticipated. SlingPlayer for Palm OS gives you
a lot of control over your viewing experience, including Display Mode
(Normal or Letterbox), Video Input, Player Mode (Audio-only, or Normal