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February 01, 2010

Sling Media Announces New OEM Products for Video Placeshifting

By Jayashree Adkoli, TMCnet Contributor

As part of an expanded strategy, Sling Media, Inc., a subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation, reportedly launched four new products targeted at television service providers and consumer electronics manufacturers.
The company’s suite of new OEM products, namely Slingbox 700U, Sling Receiver 300, Sling Monitor 150 and Sling Touch Control 100, are easy-to-install devices that allow video place-shifting.
According to the company, placeshifting is a technology that lets anyone with a broadband Internet connection stream video from their home television set, DVR or other video source forwarded for viewing remotely at any location where high-speed Internet connection or cellular data network is available.
With the help of Sling Media’s new OEM devices, consumers can watch and control their living room television shows at any time, from any location, using PCs, Macs, PDAs and smartphones thereby enabling them to experience their video anywhere in the world.
Sling Media’s new OEM product, Slingbox 700U, facilitates viewers to watch HDTV anywhere in the world - on a PC or a smart mobile device, via the Web-based SlingPlayer. This feature was possible to realize due to devices’ simple connection and he ability to quickly load company’s SlingLoaded using an existing HD set-top box.
Officials with Sling Media said in the release that Slingbox 700U is a quicker way of adding Slingbox capabilities to an existing Internet-connected set-top-box with a USB port such as the EchoStar 722K.
The Sling Receiver 300 helps eliminate the need to run cables or purchase a second HD DVR. It is a companion to a SlingLoaded set-top box such as the EchoStar SlingLoaded 922 HD DVR, which can deliver full HD video stream to any other television in the home by utilizing an existent home network.
Featuring a light-weight, portable flat screen display, the new Sling Monitor 150 can takes a viewer's primary HD DVR video experience wirelessly to any location in the home. This helps in eliminating the need to run cables or purchase a second DVR.
In addition, Sling Media also released the Sling Touch Control 100, which is a next-generation, touch-screen remote control that is provided with an interface based on company’s electronic program guide, SlingGuide. This touch-screen remote control not only interacts, but also controls SlingGuide-enabled DVRs as well as most line-of-sight controlled audio-visual devices.
'For the past 12 months, we have been fine tuning an all new product line up. We believe manufacturers and TV service providers realize that building Sling Media products and services into their offerings is the best way to acquire new customers and delight their current ones,' said John M. Paul, executive vice president of products at Sling Media. 'We are open for OEM business and excited to work with any television service provider or CE manufacturer to integrate our products and technology to bring placeshifting to the mainstream.'

Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney