Sling says it didn’t change iPhone SlingPlayer for AT&T (Updated)

AT&T certainly made a few of us happy yesterday when it announced that the iPhone SlingPlayer app would now be allowed to run over its 3G network, but the carrier apparently embellished the facts a little when it said Sling had optimized the app to be “more bandwidth sensitive” — Sling’s John Santoro told Ars Technica that it “didn’t change anything,” and that “AT&T never discussed specific requirements with us.” So much for that happy narrative — we thought AT&T’s line sounded odd, given that SlingPlayer has always run just fine on AT&T Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, and S60 devices. It’s cool, though, Sling isn’t sweating it: “Whatever the reason, we’re just glad AT&T has approved it.” Now it’s just up to Apple to let it through the App Store — any day now, guys.

Update: Sling just called us to clarify the above statements — while it didn’t make any specific changes to iPhone SlingPlayer, its engineers did work with AT&T to make sure the app didn’t interfere with other customers and clog up the network. Sling says that once AT&T was involved in the testing process and “saw how the app worked,” things went smoothly, and that the app was “refined” to meet AT&T network requirements — refinements we were told would come to other platforms over time. Sounds good to us, although we’re still wondering why this wasn’t the party line in the first place.

Sling says it didn’t change iPhone SlingPlayer for AT&T (Updated) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 05 Feb 2010 11:11:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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