Sling Media Goes to New Places
The latest iteration of the company's signature product is the Slingbox SOLO. Selling for just $179, it "builds on the goals of the original Slingbox," now extending your home entertainment fix to your smartphone, with full VGA (640 x 480) resolution at 8Mbps. HDTV and 16:9 are supported as signal inputs.
SlingPlayer Mobile software now runs on Nokia Nseries and Eseries devices running the third-generation Symbian OS, including the HSDPA (High Speed Download Packet Access) version of the Nokia N95. Current and future owners of the Nokia N95 are offered a discount on Slingbox AV plus a free version of SlingPlayer Mobile, worth $29.99. See details at the Sling Media site.
All this happens in the wake of other to-ings and fro-ings involving Sling Media and EchoStar. The satellite provider acquired Sling for $380 million. A day later EchoStar announced it may split up into two smaller companies, one concentrating on satellite TV delivery and the other on technology development. AT&T is rumored to be interested in buying the Dish Network operation, according to TheStreet.com, which would give the telco-TV provider an entry point into the satellite-TV business.