Sling Media offers a two part solution for streaming video from your home to an internet-connected PC or mobile phone. First you buy a Slingbox to stick next to your home A/V components (cable box, TiVo, etc), and then you run the SlingPlayer software on a Mac or Windows PC, or a supported smartphone including Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, iPhone, Palm, or Symbian device.

A few months ago we learned that an Android version was in the works, and now it looks like Sling Media has launched a limited beta of SlingPlayer Mobile for Android. The closed beta isn’t available to the general public yet, but a beta tester sent a message to Android news site Phandroid the other day — despite the fact that the message specifically said not to share it.

While this could clearly be enough kick this particular tester out of the beta test if he’s discovered, it’s also a good indication that the wait for a full fledged SlingPlayer Mobile client for Android is in the works and hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for a public release.

There’s no word on the final pricing, but SlingPlayer Mobile generally runs about $30 on other platforms.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing.He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...

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