Sling Media releases new place-shifting boxes

Michelle Clancy | 17 July 2014

Sling Media has launched the Slingbox M1 and SlingTV boxes, replacing the popular Slingbox 350 and 500 models. Both of these retail products can deliver a customer's pay-TV channels and programmes (live or recorded) from the living room to mobile devices in up to HD quality.

The $149.99 Slingbox M1 is geared for the mainstream user who wants to have remote access to home TV channels and shows as well as access to DVR content on personal computers, tablets and phones. It also integrates Wi-Fi and uses the new Slingplayer for Desktop app for PCs and Macs.

Meanwhile, powered by Slingbox 500 hardware, the $300 SlingTV gives customers access to their pay-TV channels (live or recorded) on a laptop or desktop personal computer, tablet or phone at home or anywhere in the world a network connection is available. It also integrates what the company calls 'Smarter TV' features, like an electronic programming guide (EPG) that uses cover-art tiles similar to Slingplayer for iPad's Media Gallery. It provides recommendations powered by SlingCloud, the company's cloud-based analytics platform that analyses popularity, reviews and social activity.

"Once again, Sling Media is totally redefining the TV anywhere experience with the introduction of the Slingbox M1 and SlingTV," said Michael Hawkey, senior vice president and general manager of Sling Media. "Customers interested in a no-compromise entertainment experience using the most popular devices will be delighted by the affordability and new features of the Slingbox M1. SlingTV completely enhances the living room TV experience with a visually stunning on TV user interface that takes ultimate advantage of social media data activity."

The news comes as FOX has been handed a defeat in its bid to get an injunction against DISH Network's Slingbox-based DISH Anywhere offering.

DISH uses the Slingbox technology and a side-loading feature called Hopper Transfers to give its satellite subscribers access to content already stored on their DVRs from essentially anywhere. FOX lawyer Richard Stone argued to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that, like Aereo, the functionality gives consumers digital access to content without permission—and should be considered in violation of the Copyright Act. The court, however, sided with DISH earlier this week.