Slingbox headed for Symbian phones

Sling Media officially confirmed that the company will be releasing a Slingplayer client for the Symbian OS before the end of the year in Europe and Asia, with U.S. distribution to follow soon after.

SlingPlayer Mobile for Symbian OS

Slingbox owners will soon be able to stream TV to their Symbian smart phones. Sling Media officially confirmed that it will be releasing a Slingplayer client for the Symbian OS before the end of the year in Europe and Asia, with U.S. distribution to follow soon after.

The announcement of Symbian support isn't a surprise--the Symbian logo is prominently displayed on the boxes of the second-generation Slingbox products which have been on store shelves since the end of September. As with the Windows Mobile version, the Symbian player will require broadband access via Wi-Fi or a 3G wireless plan. Beyond that, the details remain somewhat vague: the Sling press release suggests some "S60 and UIQ" Symbian models will be supported, but a company spokesman declined to provide further specifics. But with the Symbian client being introduced at a London trade show today on the Nokia N73, we'd be willing to bet on compatibility with that handset maker's entire N series--at least for starters. There was also no mention of pricing in Sling's press release; the company sells its Windows Mobile clients for $30.

Slingplayer software is currently available for Windows XP/2000 PCs and Windows Mobile handhelds and smart phones. A long-promised Mac client is said to be nearing a beta release soon, and Sling is also working on a Palm version but has yet to make any official announcements.

(Photo: Sling Media)

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