How do the lifestyles, technologies, and fascinations endure from one generation to another?
Years ago, one manufacturer saw the power of the emerging Internet as a way of bringing TV to laptop computers away from home. They called their device a Slingbox. The device encodes TV into digital streams and then sends them over the Internet; a special password allowed access. Sling changed the way viewers thought about TV. With a Slingbox, users could take live TV with them, anywhere they went.
Time has passed. Laptops have become one of several types of mobile devices to view TV. There are many tablets and smartphones, for example. TV has evolved into HDTV, offering higher resolutions. Also, WiFi allows streams to TV from mobile devices. Then there’s Cloud storage that lets you access downloaded music and videos on any smart mobile device. Many of these new technologies borrowed initial operations introduced by Sling Media.
Sling Media hasn’t been dormant since it introduced the original box nearly 20 years go. They’ve been teaming with Wireless, Kindle, and iPad to introduce SlingPlayer. Sling has also been aware that their Slingbox needed some upgrading.
Time moves on and the geniuses are bringing us the Slingbox 500 and Slingbox 350, two brand new devices that have a lot of the same features as old Slingboxes — but with a few upgrades. For one thing, they can stream up to full 1080p HD video to all the same smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other connected devices supported by the older generation of Slingbox devices. The Slingbox 500 has many new features, like built-in WiFi and dual-band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz support. It also supports HDMI input and output, and allows users to stream media from their mobile devices to the Slingbox, through a new feature called “SlingProjecting.”
The new Slingbox 350 is an entry-level model.. It’s essentially like the familiar Slingbox solo, but redesigned and made smaller.. It now offers up to 1080p streaming and an integrated IR blaster, so you won’t have to be inconvenienced anymore as you control your set-top-box.
These two Slingboxes have been sorely needed and they are ready to be unveiled and will be available for pre-order October 14th. Yet, WiFi, Cloud, and 4G are new alternatives at accessing your media where ever you choose to go. So will the new Slingbox models ignite the same revolution as they did when first introduced? TV and movies have become streaming and downloadable content. Media spps (including the Sling Player) are all over the place and used by Smartphones and Tablets.
It remains to be seen if a new generation will be as warm to Sling’s placeshifting concept that excited a previous generation. After all, it always pays to try something new, even if it’s based in the past. We welcome the Slingbox 350 and the Slingbox 500. Will you welcome them too?