Sprint Embracing, Not Fighting, Place Shifting

from the does-somebody-understand? dept

While some mobile operators are convinced that companies need to get their permission before releasing services that can be used on their networks, it sounds like Sprint recognizes the value that place-shifting media services like Sling and Orb can add to its network. It's in talks with Sling about how to use and enhance the service for its customers, realizing that encouraging such services will make its network more attractive to consumers than those of its rivals who look to limit what people can do to services they've approved and from which they can profit. It's not wholly unprecedented from Sprint, which said a year ago it would give its DSL customers similar services from Orb Networks. At a time when so many telecommunications providers want to cut off content providers and make their networks less valuable, it's nice to see one recognizing that supporting the use of innovative services is a better way.
Hide this

Thank you for reading this Techdirt post. With so many things competing for everyone’s attention these days, we really appreciate you giving us your time. We work hard every day to put quality content out there for our community.

Techdirt is one of the few remaining truly independent media outlets. We do not have a giant corporation behind us, and we rely heavily on our community to support us, in an age when advertisers are increasingly uninterested in sponsoring small, independent sites — especially a site like ours that is unwilling to pull punches in its reporting and analysis.

While other websites have resorted to paywalls, registration requirements, and increasingly annoying/intrusive advertising, we have always kept Techdirt open and available to anyone. But in order to continue doing so, we need your support. We offer a variety of ways for our readers to support us, from direct donations to special subscriptions and cool merchandise — and every little bit helps. Thank you.

–The Techdirt Team


Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread


  1. identicon
    flan4u, 26 May 2006 @ 10:28am

    Re: another consideration

    Although these services work in a similar way to a server, they are considered to be no more than a remote access portal for personal use. I haven't seen a TOS that disallows these kinds of services.

    I have used both products mentioned and I think that Orb is better suited for use on a phone than Slingbox is.

    However, why would anyone want to watch TV on their phones 2in. screen? Sure it's cool, but what's the purpose?
    Listening to your music collection might be an advantage if your phone sounds decent, but I'm sure that if there isn't a monthly fee for this service, you will still have to pay extra for data transfer.

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here



Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter




Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Make this the First Word or Last Word. No thanks. (get credits or sign in to see balance)    
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Follow Techdirt
Special Affiliate Offer

Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Recent Stories

This site, like most other sites on the web, uses cookies. For more information, see our privacy policy. Got it
Close

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.