Echostar Buying Sling Media
$380 million deal: Echobox? Slingstar?
Echostar, operators of Dish Network, say they've struck a deal to acquire Sling Media, makers of the Slingbox, for $380 million
. Echostar, who was already an investor in Sling, apparently decided simply to buy the operations during funding discussions. Technically, the deal won't close until the fourth quarter of this year. Echostar resells WildBlue satellite broadband, but has also recently struck a deal
to offer Clearwire WiMax.
"As an early investor in Sling Media, EchoStar has been pleased with the progress and commitment the company has made establishing Sling Media and the Slingbox as powerful and beloved digital media brands," said Charlie Ergen, CEO and co-founder of EchoStar. "With today's increasingly mobile lifestyle, EchoStar's acquisition of Sling Media will allow us to offer innovative and convenient ways for our customers to enjoy their programming on more displays and locations, including TVs, computers and mobile phones, both inside and outside of the home."
Well, not over WildBlue broadband -- since use of the Slingbox would quickly gobble up the service's meager caps
. Echostar also announced
it's planning to split itself into two separately traded public companies, one focusing on consumer TV and broadband services, and the other on wholesale and international operations.
| |JahntassaWhat, I can have feathersPremium
said by Mechano:Huh? Slingplayers don't connect to any servers. They act as servers. If you're on the same LAN they directly connect. If you want to access it from the web, you need to open a port on your firewall and you access it via your WAN IP.
I think you can bypass the servers if you have the IP or Dyndns in place...For future products....well, that may be another thing.
| |Voodoo288Common Sense DictatesPremiumReviews:
said by inteller:Snowy?? I have yet to see a snowy picture from my dish.
yeah, just imagine the pissed off people sitting in sunny florida trying to sling their snowy sat signal in stormy Kansas City.
Every morning is the dawn of a new error.
Re: Nice Funny, my apartment complex had a 30" dish pointed at 101 (for DirecTV) and it would go out several times a year when any sort of marginally severe storm passed over or just to the south of Bixby. Last year it went out for a long time in the snow/ice storm, and it wasn't due to accumulation on the dish.
Since they canned the satellite and put in the cable, I've had exactly one TV outage. The Internet service craps out a little more often than my DSL line did, though.
Of course, in south Tulsa, everything is buried, so wind damage isn't an issue. The people I know in midtown are constantly complaining about regular power outages.
I had satellite for 6 years, and regardless of the alignment of the dish, it crapped out on a regular basis, sometimes (slow moving storms) for an hour or more at a time. That's not to say I haven't had cable crap out for that long, though.
We can all go round and round about whose service has more outages, but the reality of the situation is that they both crap out on a semi-regular basis in most cases. I happen to be lucky with everything but electricity being underground, making actual wire more reliable than a dish. We're all just justifying our choices to ourselves.
| |KrKHeavy Artillery For The Little GuyPremium
Re: Nice My experience is only with Dish Network. I've never had DirecTV. I would imagine the technology is similar, but perhaps the difference in orbital slots or maybe the spectrum of the radio waves has some effect, I'm not sure.
I know that my Dish works great through thunderstorms, heavy rains, and snow.
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Well.... I am extremely familiar with Dish Network and had an interest in the company for many years. In my OPINION, they can do things right...when they want to. BUT, I also know that (over the years) after they provided a fair-priced QUALITY product and sucked in millions of customers they became somewhat greedy. In my OPINION, they started to nickle and dime the customer base to death. Some items, initially offered at free, now cost four, five, or more dollars per month. I can see them deciding to charge a monthly "access fee" to maintain all of the SlingBox users "SlingFinder ID." Hey, maybe I'm wrong...and I hope that I am...but, I don't trust Charlie as far as I could throw him.