Sling Media to Support Windows Vista With New Optimized SlingPlayer Software 2007 International CES LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sling Media, Inc., a digital lifestyle products company, today announced a customized version of its SlingPlayer software designed to take advantage of the new, powerful features being offered in the Windows Vista Premium operating system from Microsoft. Sling Media is showcasing this new functionality both in its own booth at CES (Sands, Booth #69430) as well as Microsoft’s corporate booth in the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), Central Hall, Booth #7144 and in the Microsoft Partner Pavilion located in the North Building Silver Parking lot outside of the LVCC. Sling Media’s Slingbox™ product line and its client software, SlingPlayer™, will include multiple new features enabled by Windows Vista. These new features include a full screen viewing mode that takes advantage of Aero Glass by allowing SlingPlayer controls and customized TV remote controls to transparently overlay on top of the video stream from the Slingbox. The Windows Vista gadgets feature will also allow multiple versions of the SlingPlayer, each attached to a separate Slingbox, to run in the Windows Sidebar. These individual video streams can be expanded and contracted by the user as interest changes from one specific video feed to many simultaneous feeds at the same time. “Windows Vista is a major step forward for both Microsoft and its customers and we are pleased to be working closely with them to deliver innovative new features and functionality as we evolve the SlingPlayer application in 2007,” said Blake Krikorian, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Sling Media, Inc. “With Slingbox and the SlingPlayer for Windows Vista software customers now have a powerful, highly customizable video placeshifting solution enabling them to enjoy their home TV wherever they happen to be. This is especially important as more and more people are spending less time in front of their home TV and more time in front of other displays that aren’t televisions.” New and existing Slingbox customers will be able to take advantage of SlingPlayer for Windows Vista when it first becomes available in Q2, 2007. In the interim period between launch of the Windows Vista OS and the release of the new SlingPlayer software, Slingbox customers can download and use Sling Media’s most recent version of SlingPlayer, released in late December, on their new Windows Vista-based PCs. This free download can be found at http://us.slingmedia.com/page/downloads.html. Sling Media and Microsoft formed a strategic relationship in 2006 to deliver this optimized solution that provides Slingbox customers with innovative new features enabled by Windows Vista. Microsoft has been Sling Media’s platform partner since the company was first incorporated in 2004 and the SlingPlayer software is built on top of the Windows Media 9 platform. The tighter marketing and business development relationship is a natural evolutionary next step as the market for placeshifting products and technologies becomes more mature in 2007, helped along by innovative new computing platforms like Windows Vista. “We’re excited about the tremendous support and enthusiasm Sling Media is providing for Windows Vista at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show,” said Brad Goldberg, general manager for Windows Client at Microsoft Corp. “Sling Media has created great demand for placeshifting products and services. We’re pleased to be working with them to help provide technologies that will connect, entertain and hopefully surprise people by how easy this next generation of computing makes their lives.” The Slingbox is a breakthrough consumer electronics device 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 PC or Mac and any Windows Mobile-based PDA or smartphone into a personal TV. The Slingbox redirects, or “placeshifts,” a single live TV stream from a basic cable connection, cable box, satellite receiver, Media Center Edition PC or digital video recorder (DVR) to the viewer’s PC - located anywhere in the home or anywhere in the world, via the Internet.