I love my Slingbox. To me it is one of the best ideas in recent times. Dish Network has taken this idea one step further and included this technology in an HD DVR. It appears that other companies are going to follow as well. We will see more devices take advantage of giving consumers the “true experience of TV everywhere”. I recently had a great experience with the SlingMedia technical support team. That is rare these days. It’s fun to watch this company grow and take care of their customers along the way. There a long list of features in this beautiful piece of hardware. Check out the list below and let me know what you think.
DISH NETWORKÂ® INTRODUCES WORLD’S FIRST “SLINGLOADED” HD DVR AT 2009 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
New 1 Terabyte High Definition DVR with Integrated Slingbox, Touchpad Remote Control and Tile-based User Interface
Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 8, 2009 – DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), the nation’s third largest pay-TV provider and the digital transition leader, today unveiled the world’s first SlingLoadedâ„¢ HD DuoDVRâ„¢, the award-winning ViPÂ® 922. The ViPÂ® 922 is the first high definition digital video recorder that incorporates placeshifting technology.
The ViPÂ® 922 was built by EchoStar Technologies L.L.C., a wholly-owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), and developed for DISH Network as an entertainment centerpiece that — combined with the only 1080p Video on Demand and 100 percent, all-HD suite of programming packages available today — will revolutionize the way consumers watch and enjoy their favorite programming. DISH Network will offer the ViPÂ® 922 to customers in Spring 2009.
“DISH Network is pleased to add another award-winning product to our suite of MPEG-4 HD DVR ViP receivers: a groundbreaking set top box that offers consumers the true experience of TV everywhere,” said DISH Network Chairman, CEO and President Charlie Ergen. “By integrating Sling Media’s Slingbox technology into our industry-leading HD DVR, DISH Network is providing even more ways for our subscribers to view their TV programming — through their television sets, their desktops at home, their laptops on the road, and their smartphones including Blackberrys, iPhones and more.”
The ViPÂ® 922 allows TV enthusiasts to watch and control their favorite TV shows and sporting events from anywhere in the world via a broadband Internet connection on their laptop or mobile phone. With five video sources, including satellite, broadband and optional over-the-air tuners, viewers will never run out of shows to watch. The ViPÂ® 922 also features a multi-tuner DVR with up to 1,000 hours of recording time and supports connecting external hard drives for even more storage capacity.
An innovative touchpad remote control accompanies the ViPÂ® 922, which eliminates half the buttons of a standard remote control and provides cursor-like navigation on a TV screen. With a slide of the thumb, viewers experience scroll-over activation of the new user interface: on-screen widget-like tiles and pop-up menus. All features are selectable by an underside index finger trigger selection on the radio frequency-controlled remote, which offers two-way learning of codes from other AV equipment remote controls.
The ViPÂ® 922 can also be controlled using SlingGuideâ„¢, a new way for consumers to control their TV viewing experience over the Internet. SlingGuide features a powerful search engine for the TV along with the ability to schedule the ViPÂ® 922 DVR timers remotely.
Other ViPÂ® 922 features include: