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Friday, April 3, 2009
AT&T's new terms outlaw Slingbox & Qik
AT&T has just changed the terms of use for their data plan to outlaw use of your Slingbox and streaming video tools like Qik. According to Gizmodo, who references Public Knowledge, the new terms state:

"This means, by way of example only, that checking email, surfing the Internet, downloading legally acquired songs, and/or visiting corporate intranets is permitted, but downloading movies using P2P file sharing services, customer initiated redirection of television or other video or audio signals via any technology from a fixed location to a mobile device, web broadcasting, and/or for the operation of servers, telemetry devices and/or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition devices is prohibited."

The only two apps that I use that make a data plan worth paying for are... wait for it... Slingplayer and Qik. So much for my world delivered.

Of course, AT&T will still allow you to receive streaming video that you pay them for. It will be interesting to see how this affects the planned release of Slingplayer for the iPhone (which is an AT&T exclusive).

So does a terms of service change like this give current customers the opportunity to opt out of their contracts? If so, it's time to exit the Deathstar.

[UPDATE:] AT&T has already revised their revised terms of use to remove the language about placeshifting (which would have prohibited Slingbox). The language about "web broadcasting" (which prohibits Qik) is still there.

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