TVSnob Predicts Big Things Ahead For The Slingbox
The Slingbox is one of the coolest TV tech gadgets on the market today. Developed by Sling Media, the Slingbox allows you to watch cable, satellite, or programs recorded on a DVR from a remote location provided you have an internet connection. So for example, you could watch your home satellite channels on your wireless laptop while you're having your morning coffee at the local wi-fi hotspot coffee shop. Amazing, eh?
While this technology has been on the market for a couple of years now, Sling Media has been the topic of many a tech conversation the past couple of days as EchoStar Communications announced a couple of days back that they would be purchasing the company for a cool $380 million. While the Slingbox hasn't really taken off yet (the company has stated it has sold "hundreds of thousands" of the boxes and my opinion is a completely subjective one), EchoStar will provide an already established market of 13.6 million DISH satellite users and already developed DVR technology.
Given the purchase on the part of EchoStar Communications, allowing new market opportunities for the amazing technology developed by Sling Media, I think we'll be hearing more about the Slingbox and its related applications in the future.
But guess what. The future is already here as the new Slingbox Solo is going on sale today in the US, Canada, the UK, and the Netherlands. It will be sold for $179.99 in the US. Interestingly, this is the first time the Slingbox hasn't been first offered in the US before expanding internationally. It seems the Sling Media crew is already taking advantage of the reach of EchoStar.
The new Solo, which Sling Media hopes to market as their premier product, is similar to the previous models in design except it is apparently colored black. It is also HD-capable as opposed to previous models that only had standard definition capabilities.
Also watch around year end for the release of the Clip + Sling software that allows users to send live TV clips to anyone, not just Slingbox users.
Watch the Slingbox in action on the Sling Media website! Or if you're not convinced about the usefulness of the Slingbox, watch Sling Media CEO Blake Krikorian watch football while at a horrible play!
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Posted by Justin Davey at September 27, 2007 6:00 AM