SOURCE: EchoStar Corporation

October 11, 2011 03:06 ET

Sling Media Announces Availability of SlingPlayer for Android Tablets

All New Application Turns an Android Tablet Into a TV

FOSTER CITY, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 11, 2011) - Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), today announced the availability of SlingPlayer for tablets running versions 3.0 or later of the Android operating system. Available for purchase on the Android Market, the application lets Slingbox® owners extend their living room TV experience to their tablets and takes advantage of the higher performance, screen resolutions and video quality the latest Android devices can deliver. New to this release of SlingPlayer is a revamped program guide that makes it easy to browse content choices while continuing to watch TV. Familiar custom on-screen remote controls closely mimic the same experience the user has from the couch at home.

"A Slingbox is the perfect accessory to an Android tablet," said Raghu Tarra, senior vice president and general manager at Sling Media. "When combined with SlingPlayer, now anyone with an Android device can enjoy a beautiful, personalized TV experience anywhere in the world."

How It Works
When connected to a Slingbox SOLO or PRO-HD, the award-winning SlingPlayer software makes it easy to watch your home TV on your Android tablet running Android version 3.0 or later. Now Slingbox owners with Android tablets can change channels, control their DVRs and watch their favorite shows anywhere they have an Internet connection. They never have to miss another show or game, no matter where they are. To learn more, visit www.slingbox.com.

Pricing and Availability
SlingPlayer for Android Tablets is now available for U.S. $29.99, JPY ¥2600, UK GBP £20.99 and Euro EUR 23.99 from the Android Market. The application can be purchased, downloaded and installed in minutes.

The SlingPlayer application for Android Phones will continue to work in "Compatibility Mode" on tablets at no extra charge. The Android Phone version of the application streams from all Slingboxes, but not at the higher quality resolutions available on tablet devices.

About Sling Media
Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), is the leading provider of video place shifting products and services for consumers and television service providers. Sling Media's product family includes the internationally acclaimed, Emmy award-winning Slingbox that allows consumers to watch and control their living room television shows at any time, from any location, using Internet-connected PCs, Macs, tablets, and smartphones. For more information, visit www.slingmedia.com.

About EchoStar
EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) is a premier global provider of satellite operations and digital TV solutions that enhance today's home entertainment lifestyle. Its wholly owned subsidiary, Hughes, is the world's leading provider of satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative network technologies and managed network services for enterprises and governments in more than 100 countries. Among the many offerings of this combined powerhouse in broadband data and video are HughesNet®, the market's #1 high-speed satellite Internet service; Sling Media's award-winning SlingLoaded® technology; and Move Networks' adaptive bit-rate streaming technology.

Headquartered in Englewood, Colo. with employees worldwide, EchoStar has more than 25 years of experience designing, developing and distributing award-winning television set-top boxes, services and related delivery products for television. EchoStar delivers satellite broadband and transport services for enterprises, governments, small businesses, and consumers using 11 satellites and related broadcast licenses around the globe. For more information, please visit www.EchoStar.com and www.Hughes.com.

Contact Information

  • Sling Media, Inc. Media Relations contact:
    Jay Tannenbaum
    650-293-8007
    Email Contact