Three New Slingboxes Launch, Symbian Version May Be on the Way

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Sling Media is now offering three new Slingbox models that offer a range of features and prices. In addition, it now appears likely that a Symbian version of SlingPlayer Mobile will be released soon.

Slingboxes stream video from A/V equipments at the user’s home to Windows Mobile-based devices, as well as PCs and laptops. This allows users to watch everything they could on their home TV… but on their handheld or smartphone.

The three new models are:

  • The Slingbox PRO has been designed for the consumer who has multiple A/V devices or has made an investment in high definition TV. It features four sets of audio-video inputs and outputs, including an optional HD component connection for HD set-top box customers. ($250)
  • The Slingbox AV is for consumers who watch TV using a standard-definition cable set-top box, satellite receiver, or DVR. ($180)
  • The Slingbox TUNER is for customers with cable who want to view television channels and do not require access to a set-top box, satellite receiver, DVR or other AV device. ($180)

All three products are now available to U.S. customers only. They will be released in Canada in the next few months, but not in the rest of the world until 2007.

Canadian customers can now download SlingPlayer Mobile for their Windows Mobile device. The cost is $34.99 CAD.

More information can be found on Sling Media’s web site.

Coming Soon the Symbian OS?

Some of the launch materials Sling Media is shipping to stores along with the new Slingboxes mention support for the Symbian OS.

This hasn’t yet been officially announced, but it seems virtually certain that a Symbian version of SlingPlayer Mobile will be available soon.

If Sling Media follows the same methods it has used in the past, a beta will be introduced well before the final version goes on sale.

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