updated 08:20 am EDT, Tue March 30, 2010
Sling plans larger-res video for Apple tablet
SlingPlayer marketing manager Dave Eyler today confirmed that his company is working on a version of SlingPlayer for the iPad. The app should be a visible upgrade from the iPhone version as it will carry higher-resolution streaming from a TV-attached Slingbox. Any other changes weren't mentioned, but Eyler told ZNF that the finished version wouldn't be ready for the Saturday iPad launch.
He also hinted at plans for other platforms. The in-development Android version will require a break away from the usual WMV, and the company is "actively moving" towards the more universal H.264 for the actual codec. That will require newer-generation Slingboxes like the Solo or Pro-HD that can handle the demand, Eyler said. While unstated, it should also ease streaming to Apple devices as it won't require any special effort to display video.
A Windows Phone 7 version is in development and will use the Microsoft platform's built-in Silverlight as a wrapper for the video. No timetable or any WP7-specific features were revealed in the early tease.