updated 12:00 pm EST, Wed January 6, 2010
Sling Touch Control, Monitor, Receiver, more
Sling today caught up to its absence from the remote streaming world with four new devices. Unique among these is the Touch Control 100; the handheld serves as a 4.3-inch touchscreen remote to steer DVRs and Slingboxes either through infrared or through the local network with Wi-Fi. When linked to a DVR, it can show a cable or satellite provider's programming guide and use that for picking channels.
Equally new is Sling's first production display, the Sling Monitor 150. Its creator sees it as a way of bringing HDTV to remote parts of a home without needing separate TVs and receivers; it can stream HD video from any local Slingbox or Sling-aware DVR to its own 15.6-inch LCD using 802.11n Wi-Fi. Like the Touch Control, it taps into the programming guide of a DVR and has its own media browsing interface.
The other two additions today are "headless" and are led by the Sling Receiver 300. The simple device can provide video from a DVR or Slingbox to another TV and, with a DVR, can navigate the provider's programming. To simplify the setup, Sling bundles it with a SlingLink Turbo to provide HomePlug powerline Ethernet and join the Receiver to the local network. A related add-on, the Slingbox 700U, grafts on to Internet-aware DVRs with USB ports and turns them into Sling-capable devices that can stream to any source.
All four new devices today will only be available through cable and satellite providers and are most likely to get their first release through Sling's parent company DISH Network.
Sling Monitor 150
Sling Receiver 300