earlier this year,
Sling Media today announce that its award-winning SlingCatcher, a clever
extension for its
Slingboxes, is now available for purchase from leading retailers and online
retailers in the U.S. as well as in Canada and the UK. The SlingCatcher is a
universal media player that seamlessly delivers broadcast TV, Internet video and
personal content to the TV. The SlingCatcher closes the gap of getting
place-shift TV streamed to a hotel room which, nevertheless, has to be watched
in most cases on the Notebook instead of the TV screen at the hotel room.
Furthermore it allows customers to watch online video from any popular site on
the internet including network television sites like ABC.com, video content
sites like Hulu.com, community video sites like YouTube.com, and even online
movie rentals from popular services like Netflix.
The SlingCatcher, with its included remote control, also allows to connect a
standard USB hard drive or USB flash drive and the SlingCatcher can playback on
the TV most personal media stored on the hard disk, including home movies,
personal videos, internet video downloads, etc.
SlingCatcher comes with three built-in applications: SlingPlayer for TV,
SlingProjector and My Media that combine to create a unified media platform
capable of delivering content from disparate places for viewing on a single TV
screen. This unique approach promises to give customers unprecedented control
over their home television experience.
SlingPlayer for TV delivers one of the most requested features from existing
Slingbox customers: the ability to watch and control their living room TV on
another TV in the home or on a TV in a remote location without using a PC or
SlingProjector software allows consumers to project any of this programming
directly onto their TV via the SlingCatcher. Using SlingProjector, customers can
catch up on back episodes of their favorite TV programs without having to wait
for them to air again, or they can sample new TV programs online before
scheduling them on their DVR. SlingProjector supports virtually any video
streaming web site, media player and Internet video player and is designed to
give the user control over how the video is projected to the TV.
My Media gives customers the ability to playback on their TV a broad range of
media files from a wide variety of sources, including camcorders, digital
cameras, personal DVD recordings, and Internet video downloads. With My Media,
customers can play their favorite videos from their own personal media libraries
using an external USB hard drive or flash drive that they connect to one of the
SlingCatcher's two USB ports. Today the SlingCatcher supports a variety of
native media formats including WMV, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264 and Xvid as well as a
number of file formats including .avi, .vob, .ifo, .mpg, .mov, .wma. Because
there is a huge variety of media file formats on the market today, Sling Media
created and is in testing on a conversion utility called SlingSync that will
convert incompatible files into a format that can be played back on the TV via
SlingCatcher. SlingSync will also pre-scan a media library to determine which
files are compatible at the outset saving the customer the uncertainty of
whether their media will playback properly.
SlingCatcher includes both standard definition and high definition outputs to
connect to a TV including HDMI, component video, S-Video and composite video, as
well as both analog and digital audio connectors. SlingCatcher also features a
standard Ethernet jack to connect to the home network, either directly or via
SlingLink powerline Ethernet adapters; unfortunately it's not featuring an
inbuilt WiFi connectivity which can be used in hotel rooms with wireless
SlingCatcher can be purchased in the U.S. from Amazon.com, Buy.com,
NewEgg.com and many other leading online retailers for the MSRP of US$ 299.99.
Cheers ~ Arne