Sling Media Begins Shipping Slingbox PRO-HD in Canada



    
    First of its kind Slingbox capable of streaming both SDTV and HDTV; now
    available from Best Buy, Canada Computers, Future Shop and London Drugs
    stores nationwide
    

    FOSTER CITY, CA, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - Sling Media, Inc., a leading digital
lifestyle products company, today announced its next generation Slingbox(TM)
PRO-HD is now available for purchase from leading online and brick and mortar
retailers across Canada. The Slingbox PRO-HD is a revolutionary new product
that allows you to watch and control your favourite HD content from anywhere
in the world on your laptop PC or mobile phone.
    The Slingbox PRO-HD is capable of streaming HD content from any home
television source, including over the air HD digital signals (ATSC), digital
cable channels (Clear QAM), HDTV cable set-top boxes, HDTV satellite
receivers, or HD DVR's, to a laptop or desktop computer in and around the
house. Additionally, customers who have a high speed broadband connection that
features upload speeds of 1.5 Megabits per second or higher, Slingbox PRO-HD
can even stream HD TV signals outside the home to just about anywhere you can
receive a high-speed network connection.
    "With Slingbox PRO-HD, our customers will have the ability to place-shift
their HD programming to a laptop or desktop computer both in and around the
home or remotely while preserving the best possible picture quality," said
Blake Krikorian, co-founder and CEO of Sling Media. "Slingbox PRO-HD marks a
giant leap forward in hardware and software development from Sling Media
including the powerful encoding enhancements that are a part of SlingStream
2.0. Because of this, Slingbox PRO-HD delivers picture quality at all
resolutions that is truly amazing."
    With the availability of the Slingbox PRO-HD, Sling Media has also
updated its SlingPlayer for Windows software for PCs running Windows XP or
Windows Vista. SlingPlayer 2.0 for Windows is now available for download from
Sling Media's web site, www.slingmedia.com. SlingPlayer 2.0 for Windows
features a live video buffer built into the software, allowing the viewer to
pause and rewind a live video stream for easy navigation within a program, and
avoiding potential conflicts with home viewers. Also included is the familiar
'favorites' feature which slides out of the SlingPlayer and gives users a fast
and intuitive way to navigate to their favorite channels or select the most
popular remote control commands without having to bring up an on-screen guide
on their home set-top box. Finally, SlingPlayer 2.0 for Windows incorporates
Sling Accounts, a single sign-on feature that keeps key personal Slingbox
information including Finder IDs, favorite channels and programming guide
information, making them all accessible on any PC running SlingPlayer 2.0 for
Windows software.
    Slingbox PRO-HD features SlingStream 2.0, a major improvement to the
company's proprietary SlingStream(TM) technology. SlingStream 2.0 allows the
Slingbox PRO-HD to adaptively stream high quality television content across
virtually any network connection. With SlingStream 2.0, audio/video quality is
noticeably improved for remote clients operating in both high and low bitrate
environments, including high definition players on a home network.
    The Slingbox PRO-HD replaces the Slingbox PRO at the top-end of Sling
Media's Slingbox family and sets itself apart as it is the first and only
Slingbox product that is capable of streaming video content at HD resolutions
and delivers it to a HD-compatible laptop or desktop computer. The Slingbox
PRO and Slingbox SOLO both down-convert HDTV sources to SDTV resolutions.
    Slingbox PRO-HD is designed to meet the varied requirements of today's
multi-faceted TV-viewing households. The product includes support for both
standard (4:3) and widescreen (16:9) video formats and features multiple
integrated sets of audio-video inputs and outputs (Tuner support for HD
Digital Antenna (ATSC), Analog and/or HD Digital Cable (Clear QAM) channels,
S-Video, composite video, component video and both analog and multi-channel,
5.1 surround, digital audio (S/PDIF)) and features integrated looping outputs
for each input. Slingbox PRO-HD transforms desktop PCs, laptop PCs, Macs and a
wide range of smartphones into personal, portable TVs and builds upon the
goals of the original Slingbox - to give consumers the freedom to view their
home cable, satellite or DVR programming on a wide range of devices anywhere
they can access the Internet.
    Slingbox PRO-HD is available from leading Canadian retailers including
Best Buy, Canada Computers, Future Shop and London Drugs. The Canadian SRP is
$329.99 for Slingbox PRO-HD.

    About Sling Media

    Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation
(NASDAQ:   SATS), is a leading digital lifestyle products company offering
consumer services and products that are a natural extension of today's digital
way of life. Sling Media's product family includes the internationally
acclaimed, Emmy award-winning Slingbox(TM) that allows consumers to watch and
control their living room television shows at any time, from any location,
using PCs, Macs, PDAs, and smartphones. For more information on Sling Media or
the Slingbox, visit www.slingmedia.com.





For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Cher Lee, Hill & Knowlton
Canada, cher.lee@hillandknowlton.ca, (416) 413-4647; Sling Media contact:
Brian Jaquet, Sling Media, Inc., jaquet@slingmedia.com, (650) 293-8022 office,
(415) 235-4844 mobile

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