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Sling Media courts the Mac crowd

SlingPlayer public beta almost ready for Macs.

Commence drooling, Apple fanboys and girls.

In a matter of weeks, the SlingPlayer icon could be bouncing in a toolbar near you. has a video demo of the original place-shifting technology on a white MacBook and an interview with SlingMedia's head of PR, Brian Jaquet, at last week's Digital Life Show in New York.

Jaquet said the SlingPlayer Mac will be available in public beta for both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs at the end of October or early November. Sling Media told CNET last month it would be ready in 30 to 45 days, which--if I do my math right--means the Mac version is still on track for the same time frame. In the meantime, Jaquet said, the folks down in San Mateo, Calif., are still doing last-minute tweaks of the software, like improving video quality.

And in case you haven't gotten the point yet, the demo includes two clips of SportsCenter being "slung" (slinged?) from a TiVo to the MacBook.

Slingbox is for sports, not "Battlestar Galactica," OK?

(Photo: Sling Media)