Slingbox PRO-HD is Now Available for Purchase

Posted by at 12:35 pm on September 26, 2008

Sling Media has announced its next generation Slingbox PRO-HD is now available for purchase. The Slingbox PRO-HD is capable of streaming HD content from a home television source, including over the air HD digital signals (ATSC), digital cable channels (Clear QAM), HDTV cable set-top boxes, HDTV satellite receivers, or HD DVR’s, to a laptop or desktop computer in and around the house. Additionally, for customers who have a high speed broadband connection with upload speeds of 1.5 Megabits per second or higher, Slingbox PRO-HD can even stream HD TV signals outside the home to just about anywhere you can receive a high-speed network connection.

With the availability of the Slingbox PRO-HD, Sling Media has also updated its SlingPlayer for Windows software for PCs running Windows XP or Windows Vista. SlingPlayer 2.0 for Windows is now available for download from Sling Media’s web site, www.slingmedia.com.

SlingPlayer 2.0 for Windows features a live video buffer built into the software, allowing the viewer to pause and rewind a live video stream for easy navigation within a program, and avoiding potential conflicts with home viewers. Also included is an electronic  programming guide (EPG) which slides out of the SlingPlayer and gives users way to see what is on their TV and navigate to it without having to bring up an on-screen guide on their home set-top box.

“With Slingbox PRO-HD, our customers will have the ability to place-shift their HD programming to a laptop or desktop computer both in and around the home or remotely while preserving the best possible picture quality,” said Blake Krikorian, co-founder and CEO of Sling Media. “Slingbox PRO-HD marks a giant leap forward in hardware and software development from Sling Media including the powerful encoding enhancements that are a part of SlingStream 2.0. Because of this, Slingbox PRO-HD delivers picture quality at all resolutions that is truly amazing.”

Slingbox PRO-HD features SlingStream 2.0 which allows the Slingbox PRO-HD to adaptively stream high quality television content across virtually any network connection. The Slingbox PRO and Slingbox SOLO both down-convert HDTV sources to SDTV resolutions. Slingbox PRO-HD is designed to meet the varied requirements of today’s multi-faceted TV-viewing households. The product includes support for both standard (4:3) and widescreen (16:9) video formats and features multiple integrated sets of audio-video inputs and outputs (Tuner support for HD Digital Antenna (ATSC), Analog and/or HD Digital Cable (Clear QAM) channels, S-Video, composite video, component video and both analog and multi-channel, 5.1 surround, digital audio (S/PDIF)) and features integrated looping outputs for each input. Slingbox PRO-HD transforms desktop PCs, laptop PCs, Macs and a wide range of smartphones into personal, portable TVs.

 Slingbox PRO-HD  price is $299.99 in the UA.  In Canada, Slingbox PRO-HD will be available from retailers including Best Buy, Future Shop and London Drugs in October for $329.99.

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