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Sling Media introduces SlingGuide - Official Press Release

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  1. Jan 9, 2009 #1 of 223
    Jason Nipp

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    Sling Media Introduces SlingGuide: Redefining Search and Discovery for Satellite, Cable and Terrestrial Broadcast Programming
    With powerful browse and search to add recordings, smart DVR space management and complete recording priority control, SlingGuide unlocks the power of your DVR from anywhere – on your PC, Macintosh or iPhone.

    Las Vegas International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) January 8, 2009 Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), today introduced SlingGuide, a new web-based way to easily find, watch and record your favorite television programming from anywhere. SlingGuide allows consumers to browse, search and record programs on their DVR from any PC, Macintosh or compatible mobile phone. In addition, if the DVR is SlingLoaded™ or has a Slingbox™ connected to it, consumers can also watch live or recorded programs off their DVR through a web-based version of the SlingPlayer software that is integrated into SlingGuide. SlingGuide will be available first to DISH Network subscribers when it launches in spring of 2009. For more information, go to www.slingmedia.com/go/slingguide.

    "SlingGuide revolutionizes the way we search and discover traditional TV programming from satellite, cable and terrestrial broadcasts,” said Blake Krikorian, co-founder and CEO of Sling Media. “As avid couch potatoes, we were frustrated with the existing methods for finding what to watch and record from our satellite and cable TV sources. Meanwhile, for the much larger universe of Internet-based content, we were able to enjoy amazingly quick, easy and precise search tools. ‘What regional sports station is that ball game on? Why does it take me so many steps to set a recording for a show on next week?’ In other words, why can’t I simply ‘Google’ my TV? SlingGuide, our answer to this frustration, makes it easy for you to find, watch and record the programming that matters most – from anywhere.”
    For DISH Network customers with select DVRs, SlingGuide will provide a personal, integrated and centralized view of everything you want to watch or record on DISH Network including programming from hundreds of channels, thousands of programming choices, and even internet video from Sling.com.

    The following is a list of DISH Network DVRS that are expected to be compatible with SlingGuide at launch.*

    HD DuoDVRTM SlingLoadedTM ViP® 922 (Just Announced)
    DuoDVRViP® 722k
    DuoDVRViP® 722
    DuoDVRViP® 622

    *Receivers require a broadband network connection to use SlingGuide.

    Beyond the Grid
    Current program guides on your TV can limit a consumer’s view of what is really available to watch at present and in the future. For that reason, consumers watch only a handful of channels or programs at most. SlingGuide’s powerful search technology makes it easy to watch and discover new programming you may never have known existed using the power of your PC, Mac or mobile phone. With SlingGuide, you can search for shows by title, genre, network, keyword or actor.

    A Better Remote Control
    Using the web browser on an iPhone or iPod Touch, DISH Network customers can put the power of SlingGuide in the palm of their hand. Sitting in front of the TV, SlingGuide turns your iPhone or iPod Touch into an intelligent remote control capable of quickly browsing and searching the program guide, scheduling and managing DVR recordings, and more. SlingGuide on the iPhone or iPod Touch works with the DISH Network DVR to do this all in the background without disturbing the television picture displayed on the TV.

    SlingLoaded or Slingbox-Enabled
    While a Slingbox is not required to enjoy SlingGuide, those customers who have a Slingbox connected to one of the supported DISH Network DVRs or are lucky enough to be one of the first to enjoy the DISH Network HD DuoDVRTM SlingLoadedTM ViP® 922, SlingGuide also gives you the ability to watch live TV or DVR recordings on your PC, Mac or compatible mobile phone, around the home or around the world.

    SlingGuide Features at a Glance
    ·Personalized, integrated view of everything you want to watch or record in a simple visual interface on your PC, Mac or iPhone/iPod Touch
    ·All the features of your DVR’s remote control plus the seamless ability to browse, record or watch from anywhere.
    ·Watch your shows anywhere (with a SlingLoaded DVR or Slingbox attached)
    ·Discover new programming you never knew you had
    ·Easy, comprehensive search instead of your old remote control
    ·One click to record
    ·Search and record shows from your iPhone or iPod Touch
    ·Integration with Sling.com for clips, trailers, etc. of your favorite shows

    Pricing and Availability
    SlingGuide will be free to DISH Network subscribers who have a network-connected, compatible DVR. Sling Media will make SlingGuide available to DISH Network customers in spring of 2009. A limited beta of SlingGuide is already under way. For an opportunity to participate in the beta program, go to www.slingmedia.com/go/slingguide.

    About Sling Media
    Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), is a leading digital lifestyle company offering consumer services and products that are a natural extension of today's digital life. Sling Media's products include the acclaimed, Emmy award-winning Slingbox™ that allows consumers to watch and control their living room TV shows at any time, from any location, using PCs, Macs, PDAs and smartphones and the revolutionary new SlingCatcher™, a universal media player that seamlessly delivers broadcast TV, Internet video and personal content to the TV. Sling Media also provides a video entertainment web site, Sling.com, offering consumers a variety of popular TV shows, movies and other entertainment free for viewing online or on TV using SlingCatcher. For more information on Sling Media, Slingbox or SlingCatcher, visit www.slingmedia.com. To watch your favorite TV shows and movies, visit www.sling.com.

    For images of SlingGuide, visit http://www.slingmedia.com/go/press-downloads

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  2. Jan 9, 2009 #2 of 223
    James Long

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    Great news ... and I love the cost!
     
  3. Jan 9, 2009 #3 of 223
    Jason Nipp

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    Yup
     
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    Stewart Vernon

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    Free is always the right price!

    Also quite nice that it will be functional with existing DVRs... and then have advance Sling-viewing type features with the new 922 and SlingBox devices.

    I'm also looking forward to those iPhone apps. My father has one of those, and I've been trying to get him onto Dish for a while now... meanwhile maybe I'll jump on the iPhone bandwagon soon too.
     
  5. Jan 10, 2009 #5 of 223
    James Long

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    Get an iPhone (or other web capable handheld) so you have a really fancy touch screen remote? :D
     
  6. Jan 10, 2009 #6 of 223
    Stewart Vernon

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    Yeah, I know that probably does sound weird... even though there are probably a few people who would get it just for that!

    I've been wanting one anyway... and the Sling app is really what is attractive to me, being able to schedule stuff from a phone away from home and even watch a little TV if I wanted. There's been more than one time I've been away and wished I'd set a timer. The online scheduling would be great if you are at work but if you are in the mall and all you have is your phone, you're out of luck!

    Using it as a remote control would be a novelty thing. I know the Sling app will cost money (the Blackberry one is something like $29.95 I think), but I would hope the remote-function app would be free or very close to it.
     
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    lisacor

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    Says it will notify via email when there is room in the beta. Any ideas how long one will wait to be notified they are able to particpate in the beta test?
     
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    jacmyoung

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    Technically it is not free because there is a upfront cost to purchase the Sling equipment.
     
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    DBS Commando

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    What about the 612?
     
  10. Jan 10, 2009 #10 of 223
    James Long

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    The GUIDE is free and will work with the named receivers (with free Sling built into the 922).
    Slinging content is a different issue, but remote scheduling and control of the ViP-622, ViP-722, ViP-722k and ViP-922 is free.

    (But technically you have to pay for an internet connection for your home ... :rolleyes:)

    Not named in the press release ... good question.
     
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    jacmyoung

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    I was think in terms of those who will buy a Sling equipment for non-Dishnetwork service, I guess the SlingGuide is only available for E* subs then.
     
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    sethwell

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    not sure, but i threw my email in to be a guinea pig. :D hope i get selected.
     
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    James Long

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    DISH subs with appropriate equipment. There is something similar for non-DISH Sling owners - http://beta.sling.com/ is the place to start.
     
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    lisacor

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    I'm still waiting on hopefully being selected. Any chance you received an email for participation?
     
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    sethwell

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    nope, not today. anyone know when they put that page on slings website? then beta sign-up page? just curious.
     
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    lisacor

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    I will be very disappointed if I missed as with traveling this feature would be WONDERFUL for me!!! Hope I was not too late.
     
  17. Jan 13, 2009 #17 of 223
    lisacor

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    Must be full. I signed up for the beta early Saturday morning. Still no word on being able to participate. Wonder how many are in the beta test? Sure can't be as big as Microsoft's Win7 beta as anyone can d/l and install win7. Very disappointing if the beta for slinguide is full already.

    Anyone have any ideas how many are participating in the beta?
     
  18. Jan 13, 2009 #18 of 223
    James Long

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    Since I have not seen an "I made it post" perhaps no one is in yet?
     
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    GrumpyBear

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    I signed up, with in minutes of the posting, and not a peep from them. Wondering how many were already signed up, for CES.
     
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    techman540

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    I signed up as well!
     

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