As expected, Sling Media has launched a version of its popular SlingPlayer app for the iPad. SlingPlayer Mobile lets you stream live or recorded TV shows over the internet to your mobile device. It does this by hooking into a Slingbox or related hardware connected to your home theater system, so you’ll need to purchase a Slingbox and the SlingPlayer app in order to use the service.

Sling already offers iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian, and BlackBerry apps. A Windows Phone 7 version was also launched recently.

SlingPlayer Mobile for the iPad can stream video from a cable, satellite, or telephone company set top box, as well as digital over the air broadcasts. You can also connect a TiVo, Apple TV, home security camera, or other A/V source. If you’re using a TiVo or other DVR, you can not only watch live programs, but use the SlingPlayer software to watch recorded shows.

The iPad app requires Slingbox SOLO or Slingbox Pro-HD hardware. It doesn’t support the Slingbox Pro, AV, Tuner, or Classic.

SlingPlayer Mobile for the iPad is available from the App Store for $29.99. That may seem pretty steep for an app, but it’s a lot cheaper than paying for yet-another monthly service so you can watch TV on your mobile device.

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Brad Linder

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