SlingPlayer Mobile, the iPhone app that allows users to control and watch video from a home TV or media storage device on their iPhone or iPod touch, has submitted an update to the App Store that adds widescreen viewing, support for DISH Network satellite TV, an updated interface and more according to jkOnTheRun.
SlingPlayer Mobile first became available in the App Store in May and its most notable limitation has been its inability to stream video over a 3G or EDGE cellular data connection, requiring a Wi-Fi network. AT&T had stated at the time that SlingPlayer Mobile would not be permitted to use its network because it could "create congestion and potentially prevent other customers from using the network." The upcoming update to version 1.1 maintains this Wi-Fi-only limitation.
Boy Genius Report states that SlingMedia has also submitted a version of the SlingPlayer Mobile app for approval that includes support for streaming over a 3G network, though this will be for use outside of the U.S. only.
The 1.1 update will be capable of showing 16 x 9 video to fill the entire screen of an iPhone or iPod touch. Additionally, the remote control interface has been updated and overall speed and response times have been improved. The added DISH Network support allows the app to connect directly to DISH hardware and pull guide information that can be easily searched within the app.
SlingPlayer Mobile 1.1 will be available in the App Store after it receives approval from Apple. The current version can be found here (link opens iTunes) and is priced at $29.99.