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SlingPlayer Mobile for Android hands-on [Video]

SlingPlayer Mobile for Android hands-on [Video]

Sling Media have released a brief demo of their new SlingPlayer Android client, but we fancied a better play and so managed to grab a copy of the beta for ourselves.  Loaded up on a Nexus One, the control process was just as straightforward on the Google phone's 3.7-inch display as it looks on the EVO 4G's 4.3-inch screen; picture quality is decent, and while there are a lot of on-screen controls - since they're basically recreating your full set-top box remote in the mobile client - after a little use it's all reasonably familiar.  More first impressions - and a demo video - after the cut.

Video demo after the cut

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Google TV: Good Idea, Poor Initial Execution

Google TV: Good Idea, Poor Initial Execution

At last week’s Google I/O conference, the search giant revealed plans for new web video technologies, an update to Android, and Google TV. Before we get into what Google TV is, it’s worth noting something that it isn’t – a tablet. (You’re probably thinking, “I don’t need a fancy analyst guy to tell me that Google TV isn’t a tablet, it’s sort of self-evident.” Bear with me.) Apple’s unbelievable early success with the iPad is due in large part to the fact that the iPad isn’t an entirely new product – it’s a sibling to the iPod touch. However, in addition to extending the iPhone/iPod/iTunes ecosystem to include the iPad, Apple rewrote its apps for the larger form factor and encouraged developers to specifically target the iPad with a segmented app store. Google is now targeting all three screens, the PC, TV, and phone, but missed the opportunity at its annual developer event to promote its vision for things that fit in between the phone and PC. There will be dozens of Android tablets out this year, and none of them will have an optimized experience. I think this is a major missed opportunity.

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Google Teams With Sony, Logitech, DISH Network, and Intel to Bring Google TV to Best Buy

Google Teams With Sony, Logitech, DISH Network, and Intel to Bring Google TV to Best Buy

Google TV, according to those invested in the project, is going to bring you the next generation of TV. Basically, that means it's going to be bigger than big. Some might even say huge. And with partners like these, we imagine that Google may be right in their assumption. Of course, we've detailed Google TV for you already, but it never hurts to bring you the full press release, now does it?

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The Connected TV Reality

The Connected TV Reality

In March of last year, I canceled my service with DISH Network to embark on a simple experiment. The question was, did I need my television service provider, and the experiment was to see if streaming shows from the Internet could satisfy my television habits. I connected one of my more powerful notebooks as elegantly as possible to my TV via HDMI and the experiment began.

The TV shows they are a-streaming...

In the first few weeks of this experiment, I came to find out that 90% of the TV shows my wife and I watched on a regular basis were available online from either the networks' websites themselves or from Hulu. What suffered however was live sports and shows for our kids, which wasn't necessarily a bad thing as kids probably get enough TV as it is.

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Echostar’s TiVo appeal rejected: new DVR crippling likely

Echostar’s TiVo appeal rejected: new DVR crippling likely

Somewhat ironically, given we were only talking about TiVo and Echostar's lawsuit the other day (in relation to Apple's patent spat with HTC) but the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has just rejected Echostar/DISH's contempt appeal.  Echostar had sought to have the modifications it made to its DVRs recognized as meeting the requirements of the original patent infringement ruling; however, TiVo disagreed, and the courts upheld their opinion finding Echostar in contempt.  Now, despite Echostar's attempt to overturn that decision, they've been rejected once again.

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Sling Receiver 300 and Slingbox 700U add placeshifting to EchoStar and DISH Network

Sling Receiver 300 and Slingbox 700U add placeshifting to EchoStar and DISH Network

Slightly less eye-catching than a touchscreen remote and a portable HDTV with integrated WiFi, Sling Media's two remaining products could be no less useful if your cable or satellite provider does the decent thing and decides to offer them.  The Sling Receiver 300 is a slip of a box designed to hook up wirelessly to EchoStar's SlingLoaded 922 HD DVR and funnel 1080i content to a distant HDTV, similar in principle to the Sling Monitor 150 only without the integrated display.  Meanwhile the Slingbox 700U hopes to add place-shifting functionality to existing internet-connected DVRs.

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SlingPlayer Mobile 1.1 adds native iPhone DISH control, international 3G support

SlingPlayer Mobile 1.1 adds native iPhone DISH control, international 3G support

Whether or not there's PR leverage to be had in prematurely announcing your submission to Apple's App Store approval process remains to be seen, but it does give us a sneak-peak as to what's (hopefully) coming down the pipe.  Sling Media have tipped us on their latest iPhone and iPod touch app, SlingPlayer Mobile 1.1, which now includes full 16:9 widescreen support (i.e. that takes up the whole width of the display) and improved DISH Network integration.

CES 2009: DISH Network unviels SlingLoaded Vip 922

CES 2009: DISH Network unviels SlingLoaded Vip 922

DISH Network Corporation has unveiled the world’s first “SlingLoaded” HD DuoDVR, the award-winning ViP 922. The Vip 922 is the first high definition video recorder to incorporate placeshifting technology. This device was build by EchoStar Technologies and DISH Network as an entertainment centerpiece that combines 1080p Video on Demand and 100 percent, all-HD suite of programming packages available today.

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