Sling Media Launches Redesigned SlingPlayer 3.0; Announces SlingPlayer Channel On Roku, App For Windows 8.1

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Posted: Monday, November 18, 2013 1:46 pm | Updated: 12:23 pm, Wed Nov 20, 2013.

FOSTER CITY, Calif., Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sling Media Inc., a

wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corp. (NASDAQ: SATS), today

unveiled three new clients that further enhance discovery, navigation

and the social experience customers now enjoy with content, giving

Slingbox customers the ultimate video experience both inside and

outside of the home. SlingPlayer 3.0 and the SlingPlayer channel on

the Roku@ streaming platform are both available for download today. A

new version of SlingPlayer for iPhone and Android smartphones is

available today as part of the Roku channel introduction. Sling Media

will also introduce an app for Windows 8.1 in December.

"With today's announcements, Sling Media has clearly brought the

Slingbox experience into the living room, changing the way our

customers discover, navigate, view and socialize around content," said

Michael Hawkey, VP and General Manager of Sling Media. "With

SlingPlayer 3.0, we're giving customers the tools they need to turn

traditional prime time into Prime Time Social Time. Our customers have

been asking for Roku support and a Windows 8.1 app. We're pleased to

deliver the Roku channel today and the Windows 8.1 app in the very

near future."

SLINGPLAYER 3.0 SlingPlayer 3.0 combines the core value proposition of

viewing live or recorded TV anywhere with powerful, seamless discovery

and second screen enhancements that customers are now asking for.

SlingPlayer 3.0 turns the iPad into the first screen and second screen

at the same time.

Features include:

-- Content discovery - SlingPlayer 3.0 offers a visually appealing

interface that enables users to seamlessly find content they want to

watch from the vast number of shows on TV at any given time. Filters

are provided in conjunction with customers' personal TV lineups for

easy management as well as third-party services that provide users

with tools to quickly discover content they may be interested in.

-- Sports experience - SlingPlayer 3.0 greatly enhances the sports

fan's experience providing an easy and visual way of finding which

channel the game is on, no more cumbersome surfing of the grid guide.

In addition, once a game is selected, either for viewing on iPad or on

the TV, fans can enjoy live statistics on individual and team leaders,

get game scores and engage their social networks to comment or call

out their favorite team or player.

-- Social - SlingPlayer 3.0 uses social media for both discovery and

engagement. Users can filter live TV programming based on their

personal social media network likes and once tuned to a show, users

can join the Twitter conversation with a live feed of content-relevant

tweets or let everyone know what they're watching via Facebook posts.

-- Second Screen Control - Slingbox customers can use SlingPlayer 3.0

as a powerful second screen companion. Users now have the ability to

cast their Slingbox experience to a TV from their mobile device,

making SlingPlayer 3.0 the ultimate remote control inside the home, in

addition to being able to watch your home TV on a connected device

from anywhere in the world.

-- Split-Screen Navigation - This split screen framework empowers

Slingbox customers to browse for other content, view show details,

engage with social networks or see live sports stats while

simultaneously watching video on the iPad.

-- Compatibility - SlingPlayer 3.0 requires iOS 7.0 or higher.

SLINGPLAYER CHANNEL ON ROKU Slingbox customers can now watch their

live or recorded TV through a Roku streaming player connected to a TV

in another room in the house or in a remote location. Customers will

use either SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone or Android phone to initiate

the video and send it to the TV with a tap of a button. They will also

need to install the free SlingPlayer channel, from the Roku Channel

Store. Roku devices supported at launch include the Roku 3, Roku 2,

Roku 1, Roku LT (models 2400X and 2700X), Roku 2 XS, Roku 2 XD and

Roku 2 HD players as well as the Roku Streaming Stick. Support for the

Roku HD (model 2500X) and Roku LT (model 2450X) will be added later

this month.

"Roku offers consumers the most choice of any streaming device," said

Ed Lee, vice president of content acquisition, Roku. "This partnership

with Sling Media will bring even more value to Roku customers by

giving them additional ways to enjoy live or recorded TV on their Roku

players."

Features include:

-- Sling to a Big Screen - Use Slingbox to send your TV to another TV

via a Roku player. Use cases would include households with a second TV

in the home (bedroom, basement, office, back porch etc.), in vacation

homes or in college dorm rooms.

-- Smartphone Remote Control - The authentication and navigation of

live and recorded TV played via Roku is all done via the SlingPlayer

client on iPhone or Android phone. Customers must be on the same

network as their Roku and once video is initiated on the phone they

can "send" to the TV with a single tap. Changing channels, accessing

the guide or DVR, etc. is all done via the phone commands.

-- Value - The SlingPlayer channel on Roku adds value to existing

cable/satellite subscriptions, bringing live TV to additional TVs

inside a home or in remote locations that have may have broadband, but

not a cable/satellite/telco service.

SLINGPLAYER FOR WINDOWS 8.1 Sling Media is developing an app for

Windows 8.1 customers who own a Slingbox. This new app will deliver an

enhanced SlingPlayer experience across Windows 8.1 devices including

Surface, desktop PCs, laptops and convertible devices. Sling Media

expects the Windows 8.1 app to be available in December.

About Sling Media Sling Media Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of

EchoStar Corp., is the leading provider of video placeshifting

products and services for consumers and television service providers.

Sling Media's product family includes Slingbox, which provides

consumers with the ability to watch and control their living room TV

shows at any time, from any location, using Internet-connected PCs,

Macs, tablets and smartphones.  For more information, visit

www.slingbox.com.

About EchoStar EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) is a premier global

provider of satellite operations and video delivery solutions.

EchoStar's wholly-owned subsidiary, Hughes, is the world's leading

provider of satellite broadband services, delivering network

technologies and managed services for enterprise and government

customers in more than 100 countries.  Headquartered in Englewood, CO,

with additional business units world-wide, EchoStar is a multiple Emmy

award-winning company that has pioneered advancements in the set-top

box and satellite industries for nearly 30 years, consistently

delivering value for customers, partners and investors through

innovation and outstanding quality. EchoStar's contribution to video

technology continues to have a major influence on the way consumers

view, receive and manage TV programming.

EchoStar's consumer solutions include HughesNet@, North America's #1

high-speed satellite Internet service, Sling Media's

Slingbox@ products, and EchoStar's line of set-top box products for

the free-to-air satellite and terrestrial markets. For more

information, please visit www.EchoStar.com.

SOURCE Sling Media Inc.

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