San Mateo, CA — March 23, 2006 –Sling Media, Inc., a digital lifestyle consumer electronics products company, today announced the release of SlingPlayer Mobile as part of a public beta program for Slingbox owners. SlingPlayer Mobile is a new software package that gives Slingbox owners the ability to watch and control their home TV from any network-enabled mobile phone or handheld computer (PDA) powered by Windows Mobile. The SlingPlayer Mobile software available today is compatible with devices that run Windows Mobile Pocket PC 5.0 and 2003 Second Edition. Sling Media will also deliver a version for non-touchscreen devices based on Windows Mobile Smartphone within the next month.
A trial version of SlingPlayer Mobile is available today as a free download from Sling Media’s web site, www.slingmedia.com, as part of the public beta program. Beginning April 26th, SlingPlayer Mobile will be available for $29.99 and includes a free 30-day trial. Slingbox owners who purchase and register their Slingbox prior to April 26th will receive a free license for SlingPlayer Mobile. There are no monthly or recurring charges for the use of the software.
“SlingPlayer Mobile has arrived and we are thrilled to offer this amazing new piece of software to our loyal customer base,” said Blake Krikorian, co-founder and CEO of Sling Media. “SlingPlayer Mobile delivers the complete home TV experience on any compatible Windows Mobile device and works with your existing Slingbox. Best of all, we are making it available for free for a limited time so if you are thinking about becoming a Slingbox owner, now is the perfect time.”
“This is an exciting time for people who want a single mobile device that does more than email,” said Scott Horn, general manager, Mobile and Embedded Devices Division at Microsoft Corp. “While Windows Mobile enables people to stay on top of their job and connected to the people they care about, the platform also supports solutions such as SlingPlayer Mobile that give users the freedom to watch their favorite television content while on-the-go.”
Compatible with the Most Popular Smartphones and Handhelds
With an ever-increasing number of Windows Mobile devices, Slingbox owners have their pick of the most popular and anticipated new wireless devices on the market. A full list of compatible devices is available at www.slingmedia.com/mobile.
Complete TV Experience
SlingPlayer Mobile gives consumers their entire home TV experience, including local channels, local sports teams, video on demand, pay per view, etc. Any program that you can watch on your sofa back home, you can now watch via your Windows Mobile-based device. In addition, SlingPlayer Mobile users can also control their home digital video recorder (DVR) to watch recorded shows, pause, rewind, and fast forward live TV, or even queue new recordings while on the road.
The Slingbox is a breakthrough consumer electronics product that enables consumers to watch their living room TV programming from wherever they are by turning virtually any Internet-connected Windows-based laptop or desktop and any Windows Mobile-based device into a personal TV. The Slingbox redirects, or “placeshifts,” a single live TV stream from a cable box, satellite receiver, or DVR to the viewer’s PC–located anywhere in the home or anywhere in the world, via the Internet.
About Sling Media
Sling Media, Inc. is a digital lifestyle products company creating a family of consumer electronics products that are a natural extension of today’s digital way of life. The first member of the Sling Media family is the award-winning Slingbox, a device that allows consumers to access their living room television experience at any time, from any location, using a variety of different displays including laptops and desktop PCs, PDAs and smartphones. The Slingbox is available from leading retailers nationwide and through Sling Media’s own Web site. For more information on Sling Media or the Slingbox, visit www.slingmedia.com.
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