Product Alert for Slingbox 500

Dear Sling Customer,

We are always measuring how new and existing features are used by our customers across the PC/Mac, tablet and smartphone platforms we support with our Sling products. We do this to determine whether they are integral, on-going components of the Sling experience that need to be supported and improved with each software update to the products. To this end, we have decided to remove the My Media features that can be found on Slingbox 500/SlingTV.

This includes the ability to play personal photos and videos on your TV straight from your iPhone or Android phone and the ability to playback content from a USB hard drive that is connected to the Slingbox 500/SlingTV. It also includes support for My Media placeshifting feature that was available for iPhone, Android phone and our web-based Slingplayer for PC/Mac on watch.slingbox.com.

Starting today My Media features are no longer supported and will be removed from the Slingbox 500/SlingTV hardware and corresponding supported mobile platforms over the course of the next few months. After that customers will no longer be able to utilize this feature across the listed Sling products and mobile platforms. If you have a USB flash drive (or Hard Drive) attached to your Slingbox 500/SlingTV, please eject it properly to preserve your stored content.

As always Sling’s focus is to deliver a best in class experience with all of our products and services and you will continue to see great innovation from Sling moving forward – as our customers have come to expect.

Thank you!

Your Sling Team

Sling. It’s On!

We’ve had a busy month here at Sling with the announcement of  Slingbox M1 and SlingTV and as we approach Fall and get ready to ship SlingTV, it’s about to get much busier.

The NFL and College Football seasons are right around the corner and we know how much our customers love having access to their favorite teams on Saturdays and Sundays, whether it’s around the house, around town or halfway across the world. The Slingbox M1 is our most affordable, easy to use, easy to set-up Slingbox model we’ve ever introduced and with built-in WiFi, it gives customers no-strings attached access to all their programming, on any device, anywhere. In fact, Slingbox M1 was just included in a segment on the Today Show. Check us out at the 5:05 minute mark.

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SlingTV, which is scheduled to be available at the end of August, brings powerful new features into the living room. Customers will have access to real-time stats and a full list of games currently being televised and more importantly on what channels. In addition, the visual interface of SlingTV makes it simple to easily discover what’s on TV and filter by movies, TV shows, kids programming or sporting events and navigate to a program with a click of a button on the SlingTV remote. Slingbox 500 customers will get a free upgrade to SlingTV when it becomes available later this month.

To mark the launch of these new products we created a new slogan: Sling. It’s On! We also introduced a new logo and a completely re-designed website, http://www.sling.com. What’s more, we created what we call our ‘Anthem’ video, which we’ve also turned into a TV commercial that’s running on cable TV in select markets nationwide.

We’d love to know what you think and better yet, what are some of your best uses of Sling?

As summer winds down, Sling is just revving up for the busy Fall season. It’s a wonderful time of year to be a fan of television and with a Slingbox you’ll never miss a moment, no matter where you are.

 

Sling Technology Powering TV Everywhere Services from Comporium and Service Electric

On the heels of our Slingbox M1 and SlingTV retail product announcements last week, we have news today from our partner, ARRIS, Inc. This morning ARRIS announced that Comporium and Service Electric, two U.S. cable operators, will deploy the MS4000™ Media Streamer to their ARRIS Whole Home Solution customers. This plug and play network transcoder is powered by Sling technology, giving customers access to live and recorded TV content on a variety of mobile devices both inside and outside the home.

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As you may know, Sling technology powers DISH Network’s Hopper with Sling set top box and last year Sling Media announced a partnership with ARRIS to deploy similar Sling-based solutions to their cable, telco and wireless customers both here in the U.S. and worldwide. We’re excited to see the first two operators make this powerful Sling product available to their customers.

You can read more about the Comporium and Service Electric announcements here: http://www.multichannel.com/news/tv-apps/two-operators-join-arris-s-sling-team/382701

Slingbox M1 Now Available for Purchase!

Now is the time to get your hands on the slick, powerful Slingbox M1. You can find it online at Amazon.com, BestBuy.com and TigerDirect.com or find it at your local Best Buy store starting today! For a full list of Slingbox retailers, click the Buy button at http://www.sling.com.

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You can also read what the press is saying about the new Slingbox M1 and SlingTV on our press page: http://www.sling.com/PressRoom.aspx.

Happy Sunday!

 

Introducing Slingbox M1, SlingTV and Software Updates Galore!

It’s been a busy 2014 here at Sling Media and we’re kicking off our summer tonight as we launch a new brand and completely re-designed website (http://www.sling.com) but most importantly two new products: the Slingbox M1 and SlingTV.

Slingbox M1

The Slingbox M1 is our most affordable, yet powerful Slingbox we’ve ever introduced. It will go on sale this Sunday, July 20th both online and in retail stores, but is also available for pre-order starting July 16 from Amazon.com, BestBuy.com and TigerDirect.com. At $149.99 and including dual-band WiFi, Slingbox M1 is a true powerhouse combining tremendous affordability with simple set-up and ease of use. The just-completed FIFA World Cup gave customers a taste of what it’s like to have a mobile TV solution for watching live TV on a phone, tablet or computer and with Slingbox M1 you’ll have access to all of that content in addition to local sports channels, news and most importantly your favorite shows, live or recorded. As with all Slingboxes there are no monthly fees and no geographical restrictions.

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Slingbox M1 features include:

  • Dual-band 2.4/5Ghz WiFi connectivity and Ethernet port
  • Watch and control live TV on a tablet, phone, PC or Mac
  • Easy and quick setup and playback via PC/Mac desktop apps, as well as iPhone, iPad and Android phone apps
  • Watch on a second TV anywhere via Apple TV® and Roku®
  • Play and schedule DVR recordings
  • Component and composite input/output

 

SlingTV

If you’re familiar with Sling, you’ll recognize SlingTV as it’s the same hardware as our Slingbox 500 and existing Slingbox 500 customers will get a FREE software update that adds the SlingTV features in late August when the SlingTV product becomes officially available. Slingbox 500 customers have always had a top-notch Slingbox product for watching and controlling their home TV while away from the living room. However, Slingbox 500 also has an on-TV screen interface which allows customers to configure their Slingbox 500 using the included remote and their TV. SlingTV, powered by the Slingbox 500 hardware, delivers a “Smarter TV” experience for the living room, giving customers an easier way to discover what’s on TV in a rich, graphical, visual interface. You can filter what’s on via your favorite channels, all the movies or TV shows playing or kids programming and also see what’s on now vs. what’s coming up later in the day or in primetime. SlingTV also incorporates live game scores and sports statistics without having to change the channel. Imagine a Saturday afternoon of College Football where you not only get score updates and stats in real-time from all the games, but you can also see what games are on what channels and easily navigate to them with a couple clicks on the remote. While being a powerful Slingbox at its core, SlingTV brings so much more to the living room TV experience that will continue to be improved and upgraded throughout the rest of 2014 and beyond.

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SlingTV features include:

  • New on-screen TV main menu powered by the included SlingTV remote
  • Soft remote built into Slingplayer for iPhone or Android phone apps

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  • A visual interface to easily find and select a show to watch
  • Filter by popular, favorite channels, sports, movies, kids programming, etc. currently airing, upcoming and in primetime
  • Rotten Tomatoes® ratings for all movies in Movies filter
  • Big screen TV scoreboard and channel guide. See all the scores and stats without changing the channel
  • Find out who’s playing, the score and the channel it’s airing on in a visual, easily navigated interface

Details View

  • Get detailed game stats in real-time for fantasy fanatics
  • Integrated Thuuz™ excitement ratings tell you when to tune into a game based on the score, the match-up, dynamic game momentum changes, etc.
  • Movie and TV episode details

 

Finally, in support of today’s launch we’ve updated our mobile apps and re-introduced new apps. Sling customers will now be able to configure their new Slingbox M1 with a mobile device via the Slingplayer app for iPhone and iPad as well as Android-based phones. In addition, we’re re-introducing the FREE Slingplayer for PC/Mac desktop app, replacing the web-based player.*

In addition, we’ve added support for Roku in the Slingplayer for iPad app and for both Roku and Apple TV, we’ve added full hand-off between Slingplayer and TVs equipped with these two media streaming devices. What this means is that a customer can exit the Slingplayer app after sending their Slingbox video from their mobile device to the Roku or Apple TV-equipped television. The customer is then free to do other things with their phone or tablet while watching video on the big screen and should they want to change the channel, they simply re-open the Slingplayer app to do so.

There’s a lot here to digest and there’s much more to be found over at http://www.sling.com.

 

Enjoy!

 

*Slingplayer for PC/Mac desktop app currently supports Slingbox M1. Other Slingbox models will be supported later this year. Existing Slingbox customers should continue to use http://watch.slingbox.com

A Salute to #USMNT

Two words: Tim Howard!

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What an incredible performance by the U.S. goalkeeper — a World Cup record breaking 16 saves! The entire U.S. team had us all hoping and wishing for more and it’s sad that the run has come to an end. The World Cup will go on, just as it did four years ago when Ghana sent the U.S. home, and a new team will be crowned champion in just under two weeks time. But you cannot say these past few weeks didn’t have you completely inspired and glued to your TV, PC/Mac, tablet or phone.

We’ve been analyzing the data on our end and it’s incredible to see how so many watched using their Slingboxes and other Sling-enabled devices. As you can see from the graphic below, customers tuned in via Sling. What’s more, these numbers outpaced the Super Bowl viewing this past year. While that does make sense to the degree that this game was during the work week while the Super Bowl is on a Sunday, we know how much our customers love their American Football and the Super Bowl is like no other event. Well, until now that is!

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Enjoy the rest of the World Cup and keep on slinging!

Watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup

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Having the World Cup in Brazil is ideal for soccer fans living in the United States with time zone differences ranging from only one to four hours for those living in the continental U.S. However, the World Cup, similar to March Madness, often takes place during the work day making watching a chore at times.

Similar to March Madness you can watch the games on your tablet, smartphone or laptop/desktop computer via authenticated services, this time through WatchESPN. If you’re a cable/satellite/telco subscriber you simply need to log in with your subscription credentials and the games will magically appear. You will find a delay in receiving the video on your device of choice, however, and those delays range from 40 seconds to well over a minute depending on what you’re using (Roku and Apple TV having the longest delays) so if there’s a TV somewhere else in the building/house, you might get a spoiler alert when there’s a sudden roar! Still, you’re watching the matches at work or at lunch or while recreating elsewhere so I’m sure many of you will take the minor inconvenience.

This sounds great, right? Well, unlike March Madness, it’s June and June is a time for vacation and travel both inside and outside of the U.S. Family vacations are in full swing with school being out and families are travelling all over the world. What’s more, it’s estimated there are 90,000 Americans in Brazil right now alone watching and participating in the World Cup activities. For anyone travelling outside of the U.S., the WatchESPN app. does not work.

With a Slingbox you have that same access to World Cup (or any TV programming live or recorded for that matter) on your device of choice (tablet, smartphone, PC/Mac, Roku, Apple TV, etc.) anywhere. And unlike WatchESPN, there are no geographical restrictions when using a Slingbox as long as you have an internet connection wherever you happen to be.

A rising tide raises all ships is the old saying and with more ways to watch great content on mobile devices comes greater awareness that these technologies exist and are readily available to use by customers. Just remember to read the fine print as you don’t want to be stuck with something that won’t work when you need it to the most!

In the meantime, enjoy the World Cup whatever way you choose to watch it. It’s been great so far and even though Dempsey’s goal is now only the 5th fastest scored in World Cup history, it was an incredible moment yesterday. And Brazil v. Mexico today was as intense a 0-0 match can be.