AT&T today announced that its 3G mobile broadband network will support Sling Media’s SlingPlayer Mobile app.

Sling Media, a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation, originally developed its wireless app to make efficient use of 3G network bandwidth – and to conserve the finite wireless spectrum available to the wireless industry.

Since mid December 2009, AT&T has been testing the app and has recently notified Sling Media – as well as Apple – that the optimized app can run on its 3G network.

The SlingPlayer Mobile app already is available for use on AT&T’s Wi-Fi network, with more than 20,000 hotspots.

"SlingPlayer Mobile on AT&T’s 3G network gives customers the best experience possible for watching their home TV while on the go," said John Gilmore, SVP and GM at Sling Media.

AT&T will provide developers with wireless network optimization requirements for video and other applications by the end of the first quarter via its AT&T Developers Program website.

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