Anyone that has a SlingBox swears by them – in fact ask any tech
journalist and they are hard pressed to want to give them back after
"reviewing" them. So the news that the SlingBox has added functionality
and a new device to play back HD content will only increase the love.
The SlingCatcher is a
set-top box that sends broadcast TV, internet-based content and
personal media to the TV. The SlingCatcher acts as a repository for content and
is able to pull from multiple sources and places, unifying the content for easy
navigation and playback.
SlingCatcher is bundled with three built-in applications:
SlingPlayer for TV, SlingSync and SlingProjector that combine to
create a unified media platform capable of pulling content from disparate
places and consolidating them onto a single TV screen, giving the customer
complete control of their personal media.
SlingPlayer for TV delivers one of the most requested
Slingbox customer features: the ability to "sling" programming to
another TV in the home or to a TV in a remote location without a PC by
connecting to and streaming from the Slingbox on a LAN or WAN. In addition,
when combined with the forthcoming Slingbox PRO-HD, SlingCatcher will give
customers the ability to stream in HD from one TV to another.
SlingProjector enables consumers to project to the TV
Internet and PC-based digital audio/video content-whether downloaded
movies, TV shows, home movies, photo slideshows or YouTube videos-from a
PC to TV-screen for a "lean back" viewing experience.
SlingProjector supports most video streaming web sites, media players and
Internet video players.
Finally, SlingSync gives customers the ability to sync files
over their network connection and store them on a third-party USB flash drive
or other portable hard drive attached to the SlingCatcher, giving them the
ability to use the SlingCatcher to replay their favorite content on demand and
manage content from a PC via the SlingCatcher user interface.
The SlingCatcher includes both standard definition and high
definition AV outputs to connect to a TV including HDMI, component, S-Video and
composite video, as well as analog and digital audio. In regards to network
connectivity, the SlingCatcher features a standard Ethernet jack to connect to
the home network either directly or via SlingLink powerline Ethernet adapters.
In addition, Sling Media will sell a wireless USB adapter called SlingLink
Wireless which can also be used to create the network connection.
"We’re thrilled to be showing the SlingCatcher
with its full set of features here at CES and it’s great to see the
enthusiasm in the market for this product. We have been spending a lot of time
perfecting new technology that is vital to the SlingCatcher’s user
experience but sometimes these things take longer than expected," said
Blake Krikorian, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Sling Media. "We had
hoped to deliver the product for the Christmas holiday, but to plagiarise a
well known wine maker; we shall sell no SlingCatcher before its time."
SlingCatcher is slated for a UK release later in 2008.(continued….)
The company also unveiled a free upgrade to the SlingPlayer desktop software for the PC
will allow Slingbox owners to clip and share content streamed from their
Called Clip+Sling, the new feature gives Slingbox customers the ability to "grab"
snippets of their favourite television content and instantly share them with
are uploaded to Sling Media’s video destination, Sling.com, where they
can be viewed by anyone who has a Web browser. Clips viewed on Sling.com may
also lead the consumer to a wealth of related short- and long-form content to