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The Slingbox Goes High Def

Techstination feature for Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Slingbox goes high def. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. If you haven't heard of the Slingbox before, it is a brick shaped device that plugs into a home broadband network and to either a cable or satellite box….and it allows you to watch that TV content on PCs, laptops and even some mobile phones….wherever you can access the Internet. What's next….high def and new mobile platforms. Sling Media's Brian Jaquet says the Slingbox Pro HD will arrive this summer…

"You can actually stream around your home in full HD to another laptop computer or desktop computer, for example. And if you have a high enough speed broadband connection you can actually stream HD out of the home as well. And the reason for that obviously is because we use upload speeds from your home network. We've been doing some testing right now and we're seeing in the one and a half to two megabit upload speeds you can stream in HD."

Sling is also promising to deliver a Sling Player for Blackberry mobile devices this year. And the company is working on bringing a player to the iPhone as well…

"We definitely have it on our list of platforms that we'd like to support. I think that it's something that you'll see more news from us about as the year goes on."

Sling Media's main competition comes from Sony…with its LocationFree line. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.