Looks like Engadget had it right a few weeks ago, and Sling was just being conservative: Sling Media has partnered with Symbian to add Sling's place-shifting technology to Symbian OS-powered smartphones for select European countries and Asian countries during Q4 with the U.S. to follow thereafter. Expect Palm to announce a similar deal soon.
Currently SlingPlayer Mobile software is only available in the U.S. and Canada, however, working with an OS developer to fully integrate the software will go a long way toward driving adoption of Sling's revolutionary product. Sling will enable Symbian OS users to remotely control their PVRs and stream their home television service to their smartphone as long as it has a connection to a 3G cellular or WiFi network. Terrestrial TV, Freeview, cable and satellite TV services can all be ported via Sling's setup.
Interestingly, the biggest Symbian user, Nokia, teamed with Orb Networks last week to integrate Orb MyCasting into the Nokia N80 Internet Edition to enable users to remotely access the same type of applications.
For more on Sling and Symbian:
- see this press release