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
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.
-- 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
"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
-- 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
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.