It was almost one year ago that we first saw the official announcement from Sling Media in regards to the upcoming SlingPlayer Mobile client for the BlackBerry, and remaining true to their word it will be available before the end of 2008. If you can remember back, that announcement simply stated the release would come “later this year” and it seems that it will make it just in time with the release coming on December 30.
Anyway, now that we have the release date, what about the compatibility? Initially, the support will be limited to those that are running OS 4.5, which will include the Bold, 8820, Curve 8900, 8320, Pearl Flip 8220 and the Pearl 8120. The client will be available for those in the US, UK and Canada. During the beta period it can be downloaded free of charge, and afterward it will set you back $29.99. Otherwise, according to the device requirements, it is “strongly recommend” that you have either a Wi-Fi or 3G connection in order to stream.
Keep reading to check out the full press release…
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SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry Smartphones Coming December 30th!
Dec. 18, 2008 — Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), is pleased to announce SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry® smartphones will be available for download as part of a public beta beginning Dec. 30, 2008.
For information on SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry smartphones including device support, operator support and system requirements, please visit http://www.slingmedia.com/go/blackberry.
Sling Media will make SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry smartphones available to Slingbox customers in the U.S., Canada and the UK at launch. SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry smartphones will be available as a free download during the public beta period.
The following is a list of BlackBerry smartphones that will be supported at launch.*
* BlackBerry Bold
* BlackBerry Curve 8900
* BlackBerry 8820
* BlackBerry Curve 8320
* BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220
* BlackBerry Pearl 8120
SlingPlayer Mobile requires BlackBerry device software 4.5 or greater. To see if your phone meets the minimum requirements, please visit the following URL using your BlackBerry smartphone’s browser: http://mobile.slingmedia.com/go/bbcheck. We will check your BlackBerry smartphone and let you know if it is supported, if it needs a device software upgrade (available from your carrier), or if it is not supported at this time.