Feeds

EchoStar to buy Slingbox maker for $380m

Eyes Sling's clip sharing tech

Intelligent flash storage arrays

US satellite-transmitted pay-TV company EchoStar is to buy Sling Media, developer of the Slingbox family of TV-over-the-net gadgets. The deal's worth $380m, to be paid in a mix of cash and EchoStar stock.

EchoStar has invested in Sling Media in the past, so it's had a solid insight into the privately held company's evolution over the last two years. It's undoubtedly keen on Sling's hardware - which not only makes it easy to stream content from EchoStar's Dish Network service to remote locations but also around the home - but we suspect it's Sling's clip sharing technology that particularly engaged EchoStar's interest.

TV has always been a social medium. For as long as TV has been mass-market product, people have discussed programmes and shows. These days they're perhaps more likely to do so on the web, via email and instant messaging, and increasingly by uploading clips to YouTube.

Sling's Clip+Share system allows viewers to add visuals to these 'did you see?' conversations, and for a TV company out to find a way to survive in a time when more and more viewers are ignoring prime-time TV in favour of online video - particularly in the US - Sling's approach has much to commend it.

Sling co-founder and CEO Blake Kerkorian pledged that the Slingbox would continue to deliver TV content from a broad array of sources to individuals, so it's not going to be become a Dish Network-only product.

Sling is expected to announce a revamped UK product line tomorrow - check out Register Hardware for full details.

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Spies, avert eyes! Tim Berners-Lee demands a UK digital bill of rights
Lobbies tetchy MPs 'to end indiscriminate online surveillance'
How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?
Can you hear the difference? Can anyone?
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.