SlingCatcher debuts at CES 2008; streams HD
Sling Media, Inc. today announced it will be demonstrating its highly
anticipated SlingCatcher product at the Sling Media booth, #73106,
for the first time publicly at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show here in
Las Vegas, January
7th-10th. The SlingCatcher is a set-top box that seamlessly delivers 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
slated for Q2 retail availability at a price of $249.99.
“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 plagiarize a well known wine maker; we shall sell no
SlingCatcher before its time.”
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 for $49.99, which can also be used to create the network connection.
SlingCatcher will be available in Q2 for a retail price of $249.99.