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.
Somehow Sling’s recent purchase of EchoStar was brought into the list of causes for delay, but I personally don’t see how that’s even relevant, kind of like not voting for Obama because his name sounds like Osama, it’s just dumb. Apparently Sling even went so far as to say that the SlingCatcher won’t even be shipping in Q2, so, the earliest we could even dream of seeing this thing is in Q3, at the earliest.
I mean really is it worth it? I saw this thing at CES this year and can’t really say it’s worth it. Then again I’m probably one of the few people who doesn’t have a TiVo or a SlingBox, so that may be part of it. I just don’t see the point of all these devices when more and more television content is being made available, legally, from its original provider, online for free, and as soon as the next day after it airs on TV.