– AT&T (NYSE: T) has reversed its stance and will allow live TV streaming over its 3G
network to iPhones using Sling Media’s streaming service.
The company had
initially said such a service would "create congestion," but now says
that it worked with Sling on an "optimized" version of the application
that it will allow to run on its 3G network.
The SlingPlayer Mobile application
for the iPhone costs $30, and requires that users also have a Slingbox set-top
connected to their home network.
"Just as we’ve worked with Sling Media in
this instance, we look forward to collaborating with other developers so that
mobile customers can access a wider, more bandwidth-sensitive, and powerful
range of applications in the future," said AT&T mobility and consumer
markets president and CEO Ralph de la Vega.
Skype recently announced plans to
release a VoIP application for the iPhone that operates on AT&T’s 3G
network, following another recent decision by AT&T to allow a 3G
application that it previously prohibited.