Sling Media has a big day at CES, launches four new devices

Sling Touch Control 100 remote takes on Philips ProntoSling Media has launched four new products today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas — all of which are based on its original Slingbox “place-shifting” device that allows you to watch your regular television programming anytime you want from any location around the globe — a good way to watch international soccer games in the U.S., for example.

The company’s new lineup includes:

  • The Slingbox 700U, which connects via a USB cable to a high-definition TV set-top box to make the TV “SlingLoaded,” that is, able to serve viewers HD content via the web no matter where they are in the world.
  • The Sling Receiver 300, which wirelessly delivers HD DVR content from a central home entertainment system to any other television connected to the home network, eliminating the need for multiple DVR machines.
  • The Sling Monitor 150, a wireless, lightweight, portable flat-screen display that allows the consumer to view DVR content anywhere in the home, particularly in rooms that don’t have a television set; no set-top box is necessary.
  • The Sling Touch Control 100, an updated touchscreen remote control (pictured above).

Sling Media is a subsidiary of EchoStar, which is closely affiliated with the Dish Network. The company says this new Sling technology will be incorporated into its products as part of an initiative called “TV Everywhere.” It trademarked this term in September.

All of the new products make it easier to time-shift and place-shift your television viewing. But the Sling Touch Control, in particular, was introduced to help people discover and explore new content that they might be interested in. Providing a full guide to programs via a slick, touch-screen interface, this remote will expose people to “programs that they might miss using existing on-screen electronic programming guides,” according to the company.

The technology behind the remote is also interesting. Powered by a lithium-ion battery, it includes a 4.3-inch screen with a resolution of 272 x 480. It can comunicate with HD DVRs and any of Sling’s other products via IP over a home network. It can also talk to non-IP devices in its line of sight through infrared control.


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