When EchoStar acquired Sling Media, we all knew it was only a matter of time before DISH Network hardware acquired placeshifting capabilities. Details on just such a product, the 722s, began trickling out during the DISH Team Summit last May. And, while launch is still a few months away, EchoStar/DISH/Sling have brought some working prototypes to CES.
The SlingLoaded DuoDVR 922 boasts increased storage (1TB) over it’s predecessor, an entirely new UI and remote control, plus that integrated Slingbox technology… which, of course, allows one to remotely watch their live or record television content on computer or mobile phone. Unlike a standalone Slingbox, there’s really no SlingPlayer configuration to mess with or IR blaster needed. Additionally, the DVR appears to support Clip+Sling technology, the ability to select and share video clips online, though details weren’t provided. Having spent a few minutes with the new hardware this evening, I can say on the surface that the refreshed UI looks quite sexy. Although, I’m not sold on the remote touchpad as the primary means of control.
In conjunction with detailing the SlingLoaded DVR, a web-based “SlingGuide” has been announced. This web site will offer DISH DVR customers (622, 722, 922) program guide searches, including some very specific filters, remote DVR scheduling, and can be used to initiate remote (Sling) video playback. Unlike TiVo remote scheduling, the SlingGuide is more akin to Verizon FiOS TV by using a direct IP connection for instantaneous, interactive control. I’m also digging the more modern thumbnail, grid presentation. Additionally, many of the SlingGuide features will also be ported to the iPhone (for a fee). Browse your channel lineup and set up recordings. But why stop there? How about also using that iPhone as your DVR remote control. (Perhaps they saw my TiVo iPhone video.)
No details on timing, other than this spring, or pricing. But the Slingified DISH DVR experience is shaping up nicely.