Sling Flings HDTV


Sling Media is now selling the Slingbox PRO-HD – which lets users watch high-definition cable or satellite programming on PCs, over the Internet or a home network – with a $300 list price, $100 lower than the EchoStar subsidiary previously announced.

The box can stream up to 1080i HD content, which has 1920-by-1080-pixel resolution, to Windows computers over a user's home network. In addition, according to Sling Media, the PRO-HD can also deliver HDTV over the Net to a remote location if the broadband connections on both ends are at least 1.5 Megabits per second.

When Sling Media announced the PRO-HD in January, it expected the product to have a list price of $399.99.

Sling Media also released a new version of SlingPlayer for Windows XP or Vista. The 2.0 version provides a live video buffer that lets the viewer pause and rewind a live video stream and includes an electronic programming guide to navigate channels without having to call up an on-screen guide on their home set-top box.

The Slingbox PRO-HD may be ordered from and Internet retailers including and The product will start rolling into retail stores nationwide, including Best Buy and Fry’s, in the coming weeks.

The PRO-HD includes support for both standard (4:3) and widescreen (16:9) video formats and provides multiple audio-video inputs and outputs, including ATSC and HD digital cable (clear QAM) channels.

EchoStar announced the acquisition of Sling Media in September 2007.