year ago, Sling Media, a subsidiary of EchoStar, introduced a nifty application for the Apple iPhone that allowed users with a Slingbox at home to watch and control their home television signal from their handsets.
The only problem: AT&T said that such a bandwidth-intensive video service would overwhelm its network, so it limited the application to work only over an iPhoneâ€™s Wi-Fi connection. TV lovers and techies worldwide cried out in anguish.
But all that is about to change. AT&T announced Thursday morning that it will now allow the SlingPlayer iPhone app to stream live over its 3G network.
â€œSince mid-December 2009, AT&T has been testing the app and has recently notified Sling Media â€” as well as Apple â€” that the optimized app can run on its 3G network,â€ said the carrier in a press release.
Sling, in addition to various consumer groups, had complained to the Federal Communications Commission that AT&Tâ€™s policy was discriminatory, since other applications, such as Major League Baseballâ€™s, also stream live video over AT&Tâ€™s 3G network.
AT&T appears to have recognized that its position was indefensible and relented.
Nothing like the words “relented” and “indefensible” in the morning!