Slingbox SOLO Priced at $179.99
By Jon Hemingway Broadcasting & Cable
Sling Media unveiled a new Slingbox Thursday with high-definition compatibility and priced under $200.
The Slingbox SOLO is the latest addition to the Slingbox line of components, which connect to a user’s television set-top box or digital-video recorder and deliver television content to users’ PCs and handheld devices anywhere there is an Internet connection.
The Slingbox SOLO connects to users allows user’s standard-definition or HD video devices, and it is priced at $179.99.
Sling Media’s other components include Slingbox TUNER for basic cable priced at $129.99; Slingbox AV, which is compatible with DVRs, digital cable and satellite, priced at $129.99; and Slingbox PRO, which can control up to three standard-definition and one HD video device, priced at $229.99.
Earlier this week, satellite-television provider EchoStar Communications announced that it was acquiring Sling Media for $380 million in cash and EchoStar options. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter.http://www.broadcastingcable.com/ind...leID=CA6483925Sling Media Intros Sub-$200 HD Box
By Todd Spangler Multichannel News
Sling Media, the target of a $380 million takeover by EchoStar Communications, has launched a lower-priced version of its high-definition device for streaming TV content over broadband networks.
Called the Slingbox Solo, the box carries a suggested retail price of $179.99 -- $100 lower than the price of Sling's Slingbox Pro, which has a $229.99 SRP, plus a $49.99 external cable to connect to a high-definition set. The Slingbox Solo can connect to either a standard-definition or HD set-top box, whereas the Pro version can connect to one HD and up to three SD sources.
Slingbox Solo will be available through retail partners, including Amazon.com, Best Buy, Buy.com, Circuit City, CompUSA and Fry’s as well as via Sling's own site.
Sling also announced a new version of its SlingPlayer Mobile software that is compatible with smartphones that run S60 software on the Symbian operating system, including Nokia Nseries and Eseries devices.
All U.S. Nokia N95 customers will receive a free version of SlingPlayer Mobile on their phones; for a limited time, Sling is offering Nokia N95 customers in the U.S. a discount on the Slingbox AV.http://www.multichannel.com/index.as...leID=CA6483866