Ultra Mobile PCs bagsy ‘TV slinging’

The first Ultra Mobile PCs may only be a few days old [story here], but they’ve already picked up an exciting new trick courtesy of Sling Media: locat

The first Ultra Mobile PCs may only be a few days old [story here], but they’ve already picked up an exciting new trick courtesy of Sling Media: location free TV.

The maker of the hugely promising Slingbox, which is expected here in PAL clothing this summer, has just announced a new customized version of its SlingPlayer software for UMPCs.

In practice, it means you’ll be able to access live or recorded shows from your home telly via your little tablet wherever you are – provided you’re in a Wi-Fi hotspot.

The new software has been specifically tailored to work with the UMPC touch screen and the OS’ resolution, potentially offering a mobile TV experience that could eclipse that of the PSP.

The lucky ole US has had location-free telly for its PSPs since late 2005, but there were strong hints at CES that it too could make the Atlantic leap here later this year.

The 7in screens of the first generation of UMPCs would certainly be better for watching movies ‘slung’ from your PVR than the PSP’s 4.3in job, but we’ve got reservations about their ‘obese PDA’ dimensions compared to Sony’s sleek gaming king.

In our current climate of sparse location-free options, though, we won’t discriminate – either service would be very welcome in our commuting bags. For more info on Slingbox, head over to Sling Media’s site.

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