Network Use Not the Only Reason For AT&T to Hate 3G iPhone SlingPlayer

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Everyone may think that AT&T threw their fat around and made Apple lock down the SlingPlayer iPhone app because of AT&T's lousy network, but a tipster tells us there's a more nefarious reason at play.


While it is true that AT&T's already clogged 3G pipes would burst into unusability if tons of people were watching Sling on their iPhones, that's only half the picture. The other half comes from the fact that AT&T's working on their OWN application code-named i-Verse, one that performs a similar task as SlingPlayer Mobile.

AT&T's "i-Verse" app works with their U-Verse TV solution that can either load DVR'ed shows from your U-Verse recorder into your iPhone at home, or stream shows across the net over their 3G network. The app was demoed last year behind closed doors and based on the reception then, prompted AT&T to go into full-time development on it.

We understand that AT&T doesn't want to lose man-hours sunk into development into the app (and that it's their network), but using their position to strong-arm the shut-down of another app just so it doesn't have the competition? That's some lousy, lousy sauce that's more similar than not to net neutrality issues—that is, if our tipster is right. [Thanks tipster!]


Chris Reynia

As much as it sucks that AT&T is doing this, I think they have every right. AT&T has paid a lot of money to Apple to keep the iPhone network exclusive, and with that comes the right to dictate the standard features of the phone. This is just like every other phone that has a provider specific firmware that limits some functionality that another version of the firmware on another provider has. And just like the ability to update the firmware on those phones, I guarantee there will be a jailbroken solution to this in fairly short time. Lets be honest, its AT&T's network, they get to decide how much and what goes over it. If they really wanted, they could just write something in to their terms and agreements and start blocking slingbox packets, meanwhile you go out and waste $30.