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Meet the Sling family
Slingbox becomes more available to consumers worldwide

Sling Media's Slingbox has been in the news for quite some time now. Now, however, the Slingbox is going mainstream as Sling Media lowered the price on the device quite a bit. The Slingbox was available for most of 2006, but up until now has been very difficult to find, especially when most major cable providers do not carry the product.

The Slingbox allows users to watch their cable TV programming on any device that is able to access the Internet. By providing an IP based streaming setup that connects directly to a user's cable TV tuner, a viewer can remotely control channels and watch TV as it happens on anything from a laptop to a PDA. DailyTech last reported that filings with the FCC from Sling Media indicated that a new Slingbox was in the works. No word yet on the development of the new revision.

Joining the Slingbox is Sling Media's new Slingcatcher. The device does exactly the opposite function that the Slingbox is used for. Users will be able to watch videos streaming online directly onto their TV sets. As far as the Slingcatcher goes, Sling Media has some competition. Apple officially announced the Apple TV set-top box last week at MacWorld 2007. Of course, users can directly attach a small computer to their TV sets with a dedication Internet connection for the same effect. Whether or not the Slingcatcher will allow users to watch online streaming video from remote devices remains to be seen.

The Slingbox now goes for $180 USD and when released, the Slingcatcher will be priced under $200 USD.


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Where is the proof?
By tmok2007 on 1/19/2007 11:17:23 AM , Rating: 2
The article doesn't present any evidence of Slingbox having gone mainstream.




RE: Where is the proof?
By stburke on 1/19/2007 11:35:09 AM , Rating: 2
The Slingbox was available for most of 2006, but up until now has been very difficult to find , especially when most major cable providers do not carry the product.
Gee I dont know, maybe there


RE: Where is the proof?
By tmok2007 on 1/19/2007 3:39:54 PM , Rating: 2
There must be a typo somewhere. By cable providers, do you mean companies like Time Warner, Cablevision, and alike? I don't know why the author would expect the cable providers to carry this product, and not carrying it means the product is not in the mainstream. There is no additional clarification on this in the article.

To me, going mainstream is when the product is sold in national consumer electronics stores, such as Best Buy, Circuit City, and CompUSA. As far as I know, this has happened a long time ago. So, where is the big news? Perhaps the big news should be about the price cut and the addition of the Slingcatcher product.


correction
By JCheng on 1/19/2007 5:46:12 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Apple officially announced the Apple TV set-top PVR last week at MacWorld 2007


Apple TV doesn't have PVR capabilities




RE: correction
By Snuffalufagus on 1/20/2007 1:02:11 PM , Rating: 3
Considering what else has been around for sometime the apple offering is pretty pathetic for what it lacks.


Slingbox is everywhere
By IMPoor on 1/19/2007 1:32:48 PM , Rating: 3
The sling box is easy to find where I live(Southern california). for the past year I have seen plenty of them at fry's, best buy, compusa, etc. and after a quick search its easy to find many in-stock online so I am not sure what you mean by its hard to get. It may be more powerful to use a htpc but for the common person a slingbox is a much better alternative. Its relatively cheap, easy to use and hookup, and does not require alot of software. If all you really want is your TV online then slingbox is awesome. If you already have a home computer with a tv card in it then you might be better using the free myorb.com service.




slingbox rocks
By irev210 on 1/19/2007 11:46:52 AM , Rating: 2
I hope slingbox continues to do well.

I absolutely love their product, use it every day!





$180!
By Xenoterranos on 1/19/2007 12:08:50 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, talk about a price drop. I think I might want to pick one up now that it's within one-paycheck justification range.

That slingcatcher sounds good too, but I think I'll wait for some reviews.




The ultimate wisdom
By arswihart on 1/19/2007 12:30:41 PM , Rating: 2
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Of course, users can directly attach a small computer to their TV sets with a dedication Internet connection for the same effect.


This is what people have been doing for quite some time, and I think it will be the best solution in the future as well. The HTPC is simply the most powerful and flexible solution you can ask for, although it demands a higher price tag and know-how than some of these new fancy products like Slingcatcher, iTV, and Netgear devices and others we are seeing all over the place. These are interesting times, nonetheless.




Worldwide?
By UnFaZeD on 1/21/2007 10:52:57 PM , Rating: 2
What worldwide? I've been looking all over for this in Singapore, Dubai and Taiwan...finally found it in Hong Kong...now if only my Cable company would support the remote...




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