Press Release

Sling Media Releases SlingPlayer for Mac OS X via Public Beta

SAN MATEO, CA - October 31, 2006 Sling Media this evening announced the immediate availability of the SlingPlayer for Mac OS X, a software download for Slingbox customers who wish to view their home TV natively on an Apple Macintosh computer.

SAN MATEO, CA — October 31, 2006 Sling Media this evening announced the immediate availability of the SlingPlayer for Mac OS X, a software download for Slingbox customers who wish to view their home TV natively on an Apple Macintosh computer.


U.S. and Canadian customers who have either just purchased a Slingbox to use with their Macintosh computer or prospective customers who have been waiting for Macintosh compatibility before purchasing, can take full advantage of this public beta, now via download free of charge, from the following two URLs:


http://us.slingmedia.com/page/downloads.html
http://ca.slingmedia.com/page/downloads.html


With SlingPlayer for Mac OS X, customers now have the ability to watch and control their home TV from any Mac laptop or desktop located just about anywhere in the world. SlingPlayer for Mac OS X includes Sling Media’s photo-realistic remote controls as well as the ability to program favorite channels, change viewing modes and of course using SlingStream to optimize the broadband connection on both ends to deliver the best possible video stream.


With any public beta there come some limitations and inevitably some questions. We have tried to answer many of these below, but if you have additional questions or comments, please feel free to contact us.


Q: What countries are supported with this software release?
A: We are making the software available for U.S. and Canadian customers at this time. Support for other regions will follow in the near future.


Q: Is Sling Media looking for feedback from Mac users? If so, how can we provide feedback?
A: Absolutely. We will have a feedback form on Sling Community, http://www.slingcommunity.com/forum/topic/35, and we also invite feedback via email, macfeedback@slingmedia.com.


Q: Is SlingPlayer for Mac OS X compatible with all versions of Mac OS and both Power PC and Intel-based Mac laptops and desktops?
A: The initial public beta of the SlingPlayer for Mac OS X is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and is a Universal Binary application (meaning it runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macintosh computers). We plan on adding support for Mac OS X 10.3 as soon as possible.


Q: Why hasn’t Sling Media included support for Mac OS X 10.3?
A: We wanted to deliver to our Mac users as soon as possible. To make the software available for the majority of our Mac OS X customers we have concentrated on making Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger support the priority of this initial public beta release. We plan on adding Mac OS 10.3 support as soon as possible.


Q: I have an Airport Express as my wireless access point at home. Will I be able to connect my Slingbox?
A: Unfortunately, the Airport Express home router is just a wireless router without any local area network Ethernet ports. Apple discusses this limitation of the Airport Express in the Airport Express FAQ knowledge base article linked below.


http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=108038#4


The best way to work around the situation is to upgrade your router to one that has multiple built in local area network Ethernet ports like an Apple Airport Extreme or other wired or wireless routers offered by Linksys, Belkin, Netgear, etc. Alternatively, you can connect your Slingbox to your home network using a wireless bridge.


Q: The SlingPlayer for Mac OS X skin is very “Windows-like” in appearance. Can users customize the skin similar to the PC version or will Sling Media offer a more Mac-friendly skin for download?
A: At this time SlingPlayer for Mac OS X does not offer customers the ability to created and introduce customizable skins. However, we will be incorporating a more Mac-friendly skin for customers to use. That skin will be part of a future public beta release.



Please contact Cindy Cooper, cindy@slingmedia.com for reviews questions and requests.


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