Sling Media is apparently alive, well, and still producing interesting products.
The company recently announced the Slingbox M1 and the SlingTV, which will replace the company’s Slingbox 350 and 500 models. Not only will both products add new features into the wonderful world of Slingbox, but it will do that at an affordable price.
Of course, each one is designed to deliver your live and recorded TV to mobile devices in HD quality. That means you can have the TV that you’re paying for whenever and wherever you want it. While several cable and satellite operators offer that as a package option, several do not. Also, Slingbox can do it without any type of monthly fees.
The Slingbox M1 is the company’s most affordable product to date, with an MSRP of $149.99. For that, you can “sling” live and recorded content to a computer, tablet or smartphone. It even has Wi-Fi support for the new Slingplayer for Desktop app for PC and Mac users. Of course, there’s also an app for iOS and Android devices, if that’s your preferred way of viewing live and recorded TV while on the go.
Other M1 features include the ability to schedule DVR recordings, the option to watch on a second TV using an Apple TV or Roku box, and a component and composite input/output.
For a slight step-up in features and price ($299.99), the SlingTV has smart TV features packed in. This does not come in the form of apps, but actually features an electronic programming guide (EPG) that allows you to discover and navigate through TV shows, movies and sports while on the go. It also features SlingCloud, which can make recommendations, provide Rotten Tomatoes ratings, and deliver sports scores and stats. Of course, SlingTV also has the ability to stream live and recorded content from your pay TV service to computers, smartphones and tablets.
“Once again, Sling Media is totally redefining the ‘TV Anywhere’ experience with the introduction of the Slingbox M1 and SlingTV,” says 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 Slingbox M1 is available now, with SlingTV coming in late August. Existing Slingbox 500 customers will automatically receive the SlingTV software upgrade for free at that time as well.
The Slingbox M1.
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