Originally Posted by Lmvine
Is there a difference between the Sling box & the DTVPal?? If so, what is it?
First, the Sling/Echostar (S/E) converter box is not the same as the "Sling box". I am only referring to the digital to analog TV converter made by a partnership between Sling and Echostar.
No one knows the final configuration of the S/E 159365/TR40 - except Sling, Echostar and Dish. The Twister Group write up APPEARS to be very similar the the DTVPal. But, as with the final pricing of the DTVPal, the final specs of the 159365/TR40 can change.
A Dish spokesman is quoted as saying that Dish purchases the DTVPal from S/E for resale to the public.
Still, we will not know the final configuration of the 159365/TR40 until it is released.
Also, there is SPECULATION the release date is on or around August 8th. But there have been no announcements from S/E.
My take: The Twister Group and Buy.com are both continuing to carry the "159365" on their website. They have also adjusted pricing. That bodes well for the S/E moving from vaporware to a deliverable product.
As for the 159365/TR40 release date non-announcement, I think S/E has a arrangement with Dish. If S/E announced a $39.99 converter box tomorrow, it would significantly affect the sales of the much higher margin $59.99 DTVPal. That would likely hurt both Dish AND Sling/Echostar.