AT&T caught in a pickle: Sling admits to absolutely *zero* comprimises with the GSM giant over freshly approved Slingplayer iPhone app.

by Mike
Posted February 5th, 2010 at 1:16 pm

It’s pretty comical to witness two companies going at each others throats. The most recent and humorous example of such a fight has blossomed between Apple and Adobe — Apple calling Adobe developers fat and lazy and Adobe hitting back saying they’re ready and are more than “efficient”. Exciting stuff huh? But there is one thing far funnier — someone or some company lying about a partnership, deal, or collaboration that never took place. Who would do such a thing? None other than your friendly AT&T.

After AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega was questioned over the recent approval of Slingplayer for iPhone after months of neglect and abandonment by the network, Ralph claimed that negotiations between Big Blue and Sling allowed both parties to tweak the app so it was even more efficient. Sounds like a nice little story with butterflies, fuzzy things, and rainbows. Only problem is it didn’t happen.

When Ars Technica reached out to Sling for comment on the recent statements and events, Sling Media’s John Santoro responded, saying that “AT&T never discussed any specific requirements with us”. ZING! Of course, that’s not to say Sling isn’t optimized. As John goes on further, he reiterates how network optimization is built into Sling from the get go so that it automatically adjusts performance and quality based on the network’s signal and strength.

So why lie about it? Beats me. But it sure makes for a good laugh now and an even better one later on down the road when we get to see AT&T PR try to clear up the confusion. Happy Friday everyone.

Ars Technica

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3 ResponsesLeave a comment
  • sally
    February 6, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Why would AT&T lie about it?
    Because they didn’t want to be the ones responsible for delaying TV apps 1-2 *YEARS*. They wanted to blame it on SLING instead.

    • Mike
      February 6, 2010 at 11:34 am

      Precisely. Push the blame to Sling for “inefficient” apps and try and make you and your network look peachy. Yeah, that backfired epicly…

  • Foobar 2003
    February 6, 2010 at 1:36 am

    I doubt any company is lazy. has some good things to say.

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