Hyderabad, July 27, 2011: Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SA TS), today announced the availability of its Emmy award winner Slingbox® in Hyderabad. A Slingbox makes it simple to watch and control live TV content from a cable box, satellite receiver, DVR or video camera on any remote device such as a mobile phone, PC, laptop or tablet located anywhere in the world via a broadband Internet connection.
The consumer electronics products company showcased its range of video placeshifting products, namely - Slingbox 120, Slingbox PRO-HD and SlingPlayer® that change and enhance the way consumers watch television.
On the occasion. Mr. Raman Venkatachar, General Manager, India operations, Sling Media Pvt. Ltd. said "Today people spend more time in front of their pes and mobile screens than they do in front of their TV. Therefore, we aim to enhance the TV -viewing experience by allowing consumers easy access to their living room television content, regardless of place, device, format, or source. "Were delighted that Slingbox is now available in Hyderabad. The people in the city can now enjoy their living room TV experience from anywhere, anytime." said Mr. Raghu Tarra, Managing Director of Sling Media Inc.
How it Works
The Slingbox fits' neatly into a consumer's existing TV and network infrastructure. All that is required is a "ideo source providing TV -based entertainment - either cable, satellite TV, or a OVR <- and a home router. A broadband network or a 30 connection is required if the Slingbox is used to view the video source from outside the customer's home. The four simple steps, makes the Slingbox ready for use for a customer.
1. The TV source needs to be connected to the Slingbox
2. The Slingbox is connected to the home network router
3. The Slmgbox is then plugged into the power adapter
4. The Sling Media's software application - SlingPlayer is required to be installed for viewing on any other video device (Smart phone. Tablet, etc.)
Pricing and Availability
The manufacturer's retail price (MRP) for the basic version of Slingbox known as Slingbox 120 that streams standard-definition (SO) content is Rs.7,999 and MRP for the Slingbox PRO-HD is Rs.14,999 for a high-definition viewing experience. In addition, Sling Media is also offering SlingLink, which simplifies the home Internet network connection and provides fast, smooth video playback at an MRP of Rs. 4,999.
Consumers can watch their television content on their smart phones by downloading SlingPlayer Mobile software, giving them complete control over their living room television and is priced in various mobile application marketplaces at the equivalent of $29.99 USD.
In Hyderabad, the Slingbox will be available at Tata Croma outlets situated in Panjagutta and Jubilee Hills, and Reliance Digital outlets in Hi- Tech city, Banjara Hills, AmsriFaust and Malakpet and online store Flipkart.com across Bangalore, Mumbai,
Hyderabad and NCR. The company also has plans to further expand its operations to the cities of Ahmedabad, Pune and Chennai."
The Sling Media line of products is distributed direct to consumers in over 5,000 retail stores in 20 countries, and to several television service providers in North America, Europe and Asia. First introduced in June 2005 in US, Slingbox® has won a number of accolades over the years, including International CES Innovation Awards, CTIA Wireless Emerging Technologies, American Industrial Designers Society Gold and Best in Show, as well as a Technology & Engineering Emmy®.
About Sling Media
Sling Media, lnc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), is the leading provider of video place shifting products and services for consumers and television service providers. Sling Media's product family includes the internationally acclaimed, Emmy award¬winning Slingbox that allows consumers to watch and control their living room television shows at any time, from any location, using internet-connected PCs, Macs, PDAs, tablets and smart phones. For more information, visit www.slingmedia.com. Follow Slingbox India on Facebook and @slingboxindia on Twitter. Sling Media Pvt. Ltd. has been operational in India since 2005 and is headquartered in Bangalore.
About EchoStar Corporation
EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SA TS) provides set-top box equipment, digital broadcast operations. and satellite services that enhance todays digital TV lifestyle, including products from Sling Media, Inc .. a wholly owned subsidiary. Headquartered in the U.S. in Englewood, Colorado, EchoStar has more than 25 years of experience designing, developing and distributing award¬winning television set-top boxes and related products for pay television providers and is creating hardware and service solutions for cable, Telco, IPTV and satellite TV companies. EchoStar includes a network of 10 digital broadcast centers and leased fiber optic capacity. EchoStar also delivers satellite services through 10 satellites and related FCC licenses. Visit www.echostar.corn.
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