Someone at Sling Media have been playing peek-a-boo with the company's much-anticipated SlingLink Wireless adapter, the WiFi dongle that would let users cut the cord between their SlingCatcher and their router. The USB stick appeared overnight on Sling's UK website but, when contacted for details, the company themselves claimed ignorance and promptly pulled the page; you can check out the cached page here.
Sling Media's SlingCatcher has only been officially shipping since this morning, but already Sling Community have their review posted. The SlingCatcher works a little like a SlingBox in reverse, displaying content either from one of the company's own streamers, from a computer running the supplied SlingProjector software, or from an attached storage device. The review breaks down the media player into each of these three categories, and for its primary function of gobbling up SlingBox content it looks like the SlingCatcher is a winner.
Sling Media's SlingCatcher is finally shipping, available from the company's own online store as well as other retailers. The box connects to a TV and allows streamed content from a SlingBox or SlingProjector-enabled computer to be played; Sling Media also intend to launch a premium content delivery service called Sling.com.
The SlingCatcher is a slight tweak in direction for Sling Media; unlike their SlingBox media streamers, whose purpose is to take what TV content you receive (whether cable, satellite or over-the-air) and funnel it out to you while you travel, the SlingCatcher gobbles up streamed content (from a SlingBox or from any number of online sources) and puts it on your TV. It was announced back at CES 2007, but pre-orders only started back in September. Now the first devices are reaching buyers for some long-awaited unboxing.
Announced early this year in CES 2008, the long awaited SlingCatcher and Slingbox Pro-HD are finally available now for pre-orders at Amazon and Slingmedia store. The Slingbox Pro-HD allows 1080i HD content streaming to your computers, household HDTVs, and 3G or WiFi connected smartphones. It’s $100 less than what we reported earlier.
Dish Network have announced their latest set-top box, the 722s High Definition PVR, which features the company's collaboration with Sling Technologies. The 722s basically includes a Slingbox media streamer and a Slingcatcher, to show internet-based video on your HDTV. There's also a Yahoo!-branded internet browser and a remote with a touchpad.
There was a gentleman who informed Engadget of a notice he received from SlingMedia informing him that the SlingCatcher was not up to Sling Media’s standards. So it has been delayed, Sling didn’t confirm the actual email that was sent, but did sort of confirm that it was going to be delayed citing QA concerns as the cause.
The SlingCatcher is a set-top box that will seamless deliver broadcast, broadband and personal content to your TV. It has two built-in applications, SlingPlayer for TV and SlingProjector.
The SlingPlayer for TV has the ability to “sling” your favorite TV programming to another TV in the house or a TV in a remote location without the need of a PC. The SlingProjector enables you to stream/sync internet and PC-based digital audio/video content from your computer to your PC. It supports most popular sites and media players and internet video players and will automatically find compatible players to stream to your TV.
Engadget are jumping the Sling Media CES gun a little and take a look at the SlingCatcher, the media streaming company's latest device which, rather than squirting your TV out across the net, instead acting as a client for the traditional Slingbox but also receiving video from online content providers and displaying it on your TV.
Working in tandem with some computer-based bridging software, the WiFi-enabled device will output through HDMI, component and USB, although the details of potential content providers is still unknown prior to the mid-2007 launch.
Provisionally priced sub-$200, among the options will be a hard-drive to download and store purchased content. This is nothing new, but Sling Media are obviously hoping that their growing market share and reputation for easy set-up and addictive functionality will give them the edge.