Originally Posted by Operon
Slingbox has been allowed to exist with nary a challenge from any CC; at least AFAIK
Apples and oranges, I believe.
DRM is concerned strictly with the 100% original bit-for-bit digital duplicate of the content, as delivered from the content provider in digital form. This is in the neighborhood of 4-9GB for an hour of program time, depending on the effect of MPEG-2 compression used. Could be 13GB for a 2-hour show, for example. This is what gets offloaded from DVR to DVHS tape via firewire in a 5C-allowed environment. But you can't offload the same exact program from DVR to PC (which is not 5C-compliant).
It is this digital duplicate that DRM is concerned protecting. If you choose to take the S-video equivalent, or a high-quality analog re-compress, or tape it to your VHS VCR... the suits couldn't care less. Fine. Do it.
They only want to prevent you from making your own digital duplicate of "Jurassic Park" so that you can sell the perfect quality counterfeit in China.
What gets sent to your smart phone is not 13GB of HDTV digital content. It's been recompressed and resized, for obviously practical and available bandwidth necessity.
Secondly, TWC has client software
for iOS that allow Apple handheld devices to receive TWC media over the Internet. Clearly, TWC is not dogmatically opposed to the concept.
Again... they don't care if you work with anything less than a 100% digital duplicate of the original. And neither phone-suitable or Sling-suitable content is that 13GB digital duplicate. It's resized and highly recompressed from the original, although its still is acceptable and usable... on your phone, or Sling.