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Slingbox app approved by AT&T, just in time for iPad launch

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Last May, AT&T put the kibosh on the Slingbox app, which would have let users stream video from their computer or television directly onto the small screen of the Apple iPhone or iPod Touch.

AT&T's rationale was simple: If the app took off, all that streaming Slingbox video would put a major strain on the 3G network, which was already struggling to keep up with data demands from the increasing pool of iPhone users.

Now, AT&T has reversed course, and approved a 3G version of the SlingPlayer Mobile app. (The app is currently available, but only accessible with a Wi-Fi connection.) In a statement accompanying the announcement, AT&T seemed to chalk the reversal up to "collaboration" between Sling Media and the cellular provider.

As Eliot Van Buskirk of Wired points out, the approval of SlingPlayer Mobile was probably merely a matter of lowering video and audio quality so the whole 3G network wouldn't explode.

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