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For iPhone Users, TV over 3G
iPhone owners, your TV is going 3G.

After about a month of testing AT&T said it will allow iPhone users to watch their own TVs over the 3G network using the SlingPlayer Mobile app.

The app accesses a Slingbox, which when attached to a home TV tuner or digital video recorder, lets a person control and watch their TV remotely on computer or mobile device through an Internet connection.

AT&T had previously objected to the use of the SlingBox over the 3G network because it was thought the app used so much bandwidth that it could disrupt the network for other users, said an AT&T spokesman.

Slingbox has now been cleared to broadcast because AT&T has determined that the amount of bandwidth needed to transmit video was not problematic.

Previously the Slingbox could be used on the iPhone, but only when there was a Wi-Fi connection, which shifted the strain from the 3G data network. However, some phones running Windows Mobile, like the Motorola Q and Samsung BlackJack, have long been able to access a Slingbox over AT&T’s 3G network by downloading an app directly from Slingbox. AT&T said that would have been against its terms of service, however.

The Slingbox Mobile Player app is currently $30, but to use it you will also need a $180 Slingbox Solo or $300 Slingbox Pro-HD, and possibly an $80 Slinglink Turbo or SlingLink $150 Turbo 4-Port.

Typically only one person can control the TV at a time, so if you are watching your TV remotely and someone at home changes the channel, you will see that channel change. The Slingbox Pro-HD can be configured so that two people can simultaneously watch different shows, said the company, avoiding a virtual fight over the remote via 3G.

Slingbox said that all that is needed is Apple’s final approval to put the SlingPlayer update on the App store. Apple declined to say when that might be.

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