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Monday, January 08, 2007
Sling Media and Palm Expand Mobile TV Viewing Experience With Introduction of SlingPlayer Mobile for Palm OS


Sling Media and Palm today announced SlingPlayer(TM) Mobile for Palm OS(R), making it possible to watch television on the 3G-enabled Palm(R) Treo(TM) 700p smartphone.

The new software, expected to be available Q1 '07, will be demonstrated at the Anytime-Anywhere Tech Zone in the Sands Expo & Convention Center, Sling Media booth, No. 69430. "We continue to see more customer interest in mobile TV, driven by our expanded platform support and the ability to watch the programming that matters to each customer," said Blake Krikorian, co-founder and chief executive officer, Sling Media, Inc.

"SlingPlayer Mobile for Palm OS takes the familiar SlingPlayer Mobile experience and puts that power in the hands of customers who love the Palm OS interface. By making it readily available on the most popular mobile platforms, we continue to meet our objective of creating a quality mobile TV experience for all consumers."



SlingPlayer Mobile for Palm OS will feature a visually enticing graphical interface and enhanced navigation control while leveraging the functionality and ease of use of the Palm OS -- and specifically the Treo smartphone -- that customers have come to know and love.

"Treo smartphone customers want the coolest new mobile applications and services, and Sling Media now delivers the same powerful mobile TV experience for our Palm OS users that our Windows Mobile Treo users already enjoy," said Mark Bercow, senior vice president of business development at Palm, Inc. "The Treo smartphone set the standard long ago for what a smartphone should be, and Palm continues to work with partners to deliver the best possible experience."

SlingPlayer Mobile is a software client that gives Slingbox customers the ability to watch and control their home TV from a wirelessly enabled smartphone. With today's announcement, SlingPlayer Mobile now supports Treo smartphones running both Palm OS and Windows Mobile, including the Treo 700p, the Treo 700w, the Treo 700wx and the recently announced Treo 750.

Unlike other services currently available for mobile phones and handheld computers, SlingPlayer Mobile gives consumers their entire home TV experience. Anything that they can watch on their sofas back home, they can now watch via a Treo 700p smartphone. In addition, SlingPlayer Mobile customers can control a home digital video recorder (DVR), such as a TiVo(R), to record shows, watch shows that have been previously recorded, and even pause and rewind live TV.

The mobile TV experience for Palm OS is powered by the award-winning Slingbox(TM), a breakthrough consumer electronics product that enables consumers to watch their living room TV programming from wherever they are by turning virtually any Internet-connected Windows-based laptop or desktop into a personal TV that can be viewed on the Treo 700p. The Slingbox redirects, or "placeshifts," a single live TV stream from a cable box, satellite receiver or DVR to the viewer's PC -- located anywhere in the home or anywhere in the world, via the Internet.

Pricing and Availability

SlingPlayer Mobile for Palm OS is expected to be available in Q1 '07 as a public beta download from Sling Media's website, http://www.slingmedia.com. Pricing has not been finalized at this time.


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