After recently adding 3G streaming support, Sling Media has updated their SlingPlayer mobile iOS app again. Version 2.1 adds component cable video out support on the iPhone 4 and iPad when streaming in HQ mode.
This feature makes it possible to watch your favorite shows and other SlingPlayer media on a television right from your mobile device. SlingPlayer Mobile 2.1 also includes several bug fixes to improve stability and app operation.
The updated app is available now via iTunes for $29.99. To stream in High Quality (HQ) mode away from home, you'll need 800 kbps or more bandwidth from your Slingbox to the iPhone over Wi-Fi, and at least 500 kbps over 3G cellular data networks. Bandwidth can be checked right in the iPhone app by navigating to SQ -> Options. Viewing quality on lower bandwidth connections can be improved by pressing the SQ button to stream in Standard Quality.
Last year, SlingPlayer Mobile was restricted to Wi-Fi only at the request of AT&T. Although streaming now works over a 3G connection, video quality is still better on Wi-Fi thanks to the higher bandwidth involved. For those new to Sling Media, the Slingbox allows users to watch video from a home TV directly on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. SlingPlayer Mobile can be used to view and control your cable or satellite box, DVR, Tivo and Apple TV.A Slingbox SOLO, PRO-HD, or PRO is required in addition to at least 256Kb upstream speed on your home Internet connection. Slingbox SOLO currently retails for $179.99 and the Slingbox PRO-HD runs $299.99.