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.
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