Tech Forum Summary - February 9th, 2009Tech Forum Hosted by
Mark Jackson – President, Echostar Technologies
Dan Minnick - VP, Engineering
* A sneak peek - SlingLoaded High-Def DVR
* Cool gadgets from CES
* New ways to organize your DVR list
* Sling Media guest
Quick video ...
ViP 922 DuoDVR
1TB HD - Touch Bezzel - 1080p
SlingLoaded Placeshifting/SlingGuide/Remote Timers/Internet Browser
New User Interface @ Remote ... touchpad with trigger underneath.
Learning remote. Can be updated via satellite and operate RF on TV1.
Graphical tiles ... put your favorites together
New Program Guide ... logos added
DVR Menu ... graphical posters of shows recorded & PPVs
VOD Menu ... graphical movie posters of programs available
Browser Banner ... Record/PIP/Find other shows
Quick Picks ... change channels by name or number and have favorites
Sports Ticker and Stock Ticker wil be available after launch.
Browser ... Complete Internet Browser
G4's Dave Matthews - video review
John Falcone cNet - video review
Best of CES ... Home Video Category
Inovations2009 Showcase Awards ... TouchPad Remote Control & User Interface
922 will beout "this spring"
Out in a few weeks. New Feature: Custom Groups
Leslie Harper demo: Custom Groups
Can create your own group and can record or move content into the group
DVR events can be managed by "my groups"
Coming soon on 612/622/722 available on 722k at launch
Video of launch. Satellite went to 129. Footprint shown.
Extra power along the west coast and eastern US
Extra power to Florida because of the rain.
High Definition Local Channels.
Giveaway Slingbox PRO-HD
Trivia Q: What is the amplifying power of the Ciel-2 TWTA for a single conus transponder?
TWTA Traveling wave tube amplifier ... conus is continental US ... Ciel-2 puts out more power than Echostar 5
Cool Gadgets from CES
Short video ...
Q Gerald in PA (Caller): Can I adjust the end time of a program once it starts recording?
A: Yes, you can do that manually.
Q Paul (EMail): Folder Sort?
A (Terry): Future software.
Q Tom (EMail): TV2 to IR converter?
A (Paul): A few months.
Q Mark (Email): Does DISH broadcast 1080p?
A (Paul): 1080p is available ... need ViP receiver, actual 1080p display TV. We pass what we get, some VOD is 1080p.
External Hard Drive Overview
A (Dan): SINGLE LUN only - 1TB. Hopefully multi-lun in the spring/summer.
Q Scott PA (Caller): We're outside our area's spotbeam ... any plans to fix this?
A: Not a lot to add. Send me an email.
Q Frank (EMail): How do I get PIP on my 722 in dual mode?
A (Jan): Change to single mode.
Q Tracy (Email): How can we watch more than one TV while we record?
A (Jennifer): Answer depends on model of DVR. You can watch something pre-recorded or something on other tuner.
Q Larry (Caller): Wireless connection to network?
A (Jennifer): Wireless not supported. Homeplug to run ethernet from receiver back to the router.
Tom O'Grady Ingleside IL (phonetic)- 240w
Sling Guest - John Paul Exec VP Products, Sling Media
SlingGuide Demonstration ... including video
Over 6000 people in the "limited beta" since CES
More people can sign up ...
Will be made available to all DISH customers in springs.
SlingPlayer Mobile works on all iPhones and many BlackBerrys.
Visit http://mobile.slingmedia.com/ on your Blackberry for info.
Exclusive to the 922. 802.11 WiFi connected anywhere in home (via your router)
TV2 output in Hi-Def. (922 only initially. More models later.)
Available in the summer.
Giveaway II - SlingCatcher
Play stuff from your slingbox, PC, USB Drive, Internet.
Trivia Q: What filesystem is needed to view a program stored on an external hard drive connected to a SlingCatcher?
Q Jason (EMail): 922 - Will there be a keyboard? Will the browser support Java and Flash?
A: Will support Java/Flash/HTML. Working on a keyboard ... our standard is "Zigby".
Q Jeff in MI (Caller): Downloading 1080p Beast to a 622 ... has failed over 20 times.
A: EMail us and we'll look into this!
Giveaway II Winner
Douglas Aladna from Augusta Georgia (phonetic) - FAT32.
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