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Slingbox Now Available via Handhelds

Red Herring reports Sling Media, the company that added mobility to traditional TV viewing, introduced SlingPlayer Mobile, a software client that allows users to watch TV from their cell phone or PDA and use those Wi-Fi or 3G-based devices to control their home TV remotely.

Sling Media markets the Slingbox, a product that allows users to watch programs on their home TVs from any video-capable device connected to the Internet such as a desktop or laptop computer, a Windows Mobile-based PDA, or smartphone.

Slingbox redirects a TV stream from a cable box, satellite receiver, or digital video recorder (DVR) to an Internet-connected PC located anywhere in the world. The San Mateo, California-based company debuted the Slingbox in June 2005.

SlingPlayer Mobile, which will be available in the first quarter of 2006, will support Windows Mobile in all its iterations, including Windows Mobile for Pocket PC and Windows Mobile for Smartphone. It is also compatible with both Windows Mobile 4 and the recently released Windows Mobile 5 operating systems.

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