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Sling Media's Slingbox Personal Broadcaster Wins AwardsRedirects TV signals to a viewer's location and device of choice (January 12, 2005)
Following the unveiling of its first product at last week's International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Sling Media, Inc. today announced that the Slingbox Personal Broadcaster received multiple celebrated distinctions. G4techTV selected the Slingbox as "Best of CES" in the "whole house entertainment" category, CNET declared the device as the "Next Big Thing" in the "accessories" class, and LAPTOP magazine included the product in its list of "Best of CES 2005".
"These awards reflect the tremendous response the Slingbox received at CES," said Sling Media's co-founder and CEO Blake Krikorian. "We see the potential to change the consumer electronics landscape by empowering the consumer to enjoy their living room TV programming from wherever they are, whether in the backyard, another room in their home or on another continent."
Blake Krikorian joined Rich Templeton, CEO of Texas Instruments, during his keynote, where he stunned the audience by watching his home TV channels on a mobile phone.
The Slingbox redirects, or "placeshifts," the TV signal from any cable box, satellite receiver, or personal video recorder (PVR) to a viewer's location and device of choice, whether in another room in the home or anywhere in the world with a high-speed Internet connection. An elegantly designed compact box that fits neatly into a user's existing TV setup, the Slingbox will retail for $249 with no additional monthly service fees. The product is due to ship in the first half of 2005.
In its fifth year, G4techTV's awards "Best of CES" honors to the best and brightest out of an assortment of more than 5,000 new products making their debut at the 2005 International CES. Products are selected in twelve categories according to their innovative appeal, usability, usefulness and value by an appointed panel of technology journalists. The Slingbox won for "whole house entertainment: media servers and receivers" which includes devices that manage, distribute and aggregate all your home digital media.
"Our judges were blown away by the level of innovation and caliber of products submitted for this year's competition," commented Andrew Hawn, G4techTV's Product Lab Director and coordinator of the contest. "We think consumers will agree that the Slingbox, along with the other eleven products chosen as winners, are truly the Best of CES."
The CNET Next Big Thing Award recognizes the most promising new products announced at the CES, focusing on technologies and products not previously available to consumers. This year, expert editors from CNET chose the Slingbox as the best accessories product, based on its promise to delight consumers with its usefulness, design, capacity to entertain, and capturing the "wow" factor.
"CNET has become the most comprehensive and trusted resource for helping consumers spot the most promising new products hitting the market," said Patrick Houston, Editor in Chief at CNET.com. "Giving the Sling Media a Next Big Thing award sets it apart in an increasingly crowded field. Our editorial team of unbiased category experts takes pride in providing this distinction to Sling Media on behalf of our millions of users."
"We believe the concept of place-shifting is very compelling, because our readers want access to their favorite shows and other content wherever they go. And the Slingbox is the most promising product yet in this rapidly-evolving category," said Mark Spoonauer, LAPTOP Editor in Chief.
Prior to CES, Sling Media was recognized with a CES 2005 Innovations Design and Engineering award, and was among products chosen to participate in PC Magazine's The Last Gadget Standing event during the industry show.
"This was our first public unveiling of the Slingbox, and it was really gratifying to see the excited looks on people's faces when they saw it in action for the first time," stated Krikorian. "The entire Sling Media team was really fired to up to see how much people liked what we are doing. Winning these esteemed awards is icing on the cake."
Formed by the May, 2004 merger of G4 and TechTV, G4techTV is the one and only 24-hour television network that is plugged into every dimension of games, gear, gadgets and gigabytes. The network is available in more than 50 million cable and satellite homes nationwide. Headquartered in Los Angeles, G4techTV is owned by Comcast Corporation.
To learn more, log onto http://www.g4techtv.com.
CNET, a property of CNET Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNET), is dedicated to helping people buy and use personal technology to enhance and enrich their lives. CNET's award winning editorial staff reviews thousands of products each year, providing expert and unbiased advice on what products to buy. The site also offers help and how-to features enhanced with video content that visually shows consumers how to get the most out of technology once they own it. And, with an extensive directory of more than 200,000 products and price comparisons, CNET also gives consumers the most up-to-date and efficient shopping resource on the Web.
LAPTOP, is a magazine designed to help business travelers and mobile technology users make sound purchasing decisions. LAPTOP reviews the latest notebooks, cell phones, PDAs, and wireless gear every month, and keeps readers abreast of what's new with Wi-Fi, 3G, and other emerging wireless technologies. LAPTOP stays one step ahead by anticipating the potential impact of new technologies as they occur.
About Sling Media
Sling Media, based in San Mateo, CA, is a different kind of consumer electronics company working to demystify convergence technologies and to create empowering experiences for the digital media consumer. The focus of Sling Media solutions is to embrace -- not replace -- existing products and standards, enhancing them with hardware and software that will greatly improve the consumer experience.
For more information about Sling Media and the Slingbox, visit www.slingmedia.com.
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