Press Release

Sling Media Launches SlingPlayer Mobile for Smartphones Running UIQ on Symbian OS

London, United Kingdom — September 9, 2008 — Sling Media Inc., a leading digital lifestyle products company, today announced that its award-winning SlingPlayer™ Mobile software is now available for smartphones running the UIQ user interface on Symbian OS™ including popular smartphones from Motorola and Sony Ericsson. SlingPlayer Mobile gives Slingbox owners the ability to watch and control their home TV from a network-connected mobile phone.

"UIQ offers a unique and smooth user interface experience, seamlessly blending services, content and phone features, which is why we’re so excited to announce the availability of SlingPlayer Mobile on UIQ," commented Stuart Collingwood, vice president of Europe for Sling Media. "With over two-and-a-half billion global 3G and WiFi connections, the market potential for mobile TV is huge. Not only have we expanded our support for Symbian smartphones but we’re also providing more Slingbox owners with the ability to watch and control their home TV using even more of the most popular smartphones available in Europe."

SlingPlayer Mobile gives consumers their entire home TV experience, including local channels, local sports teams, video on demand, pay per view etc. Any programme that you can watch on your sofa back home, you can now watch via a PC, Mac, Palm OS, Symbian or Windows Mobile-based device via internet connections worldwide (3G Cellular, WiFi). In addition, SlingPlayer Mobile users can also control their home digital video recorder (DVR) to watch recorded shows, pause, rewind and fast forward live TV, or even program new recordings while on the road.

"SlingPlayer Mobile is an innovative and compelling application that compliments the UIQ platform which itself has been designed to get the very best out of the Symbian OS," said Elisabet Melin, VP Ecosystem, UIQ Technology. "This new release of SlingPlayer Mobile for UIQ on the Symbian OS offers compelling new data revenue opportunities to operators and a feature-rich service to consumers looking for convenient access to their home TV channel surfing, programming and viewing experience."

The enhanced, personalised mobile TV experience for smartphones is enabled by Sling Media’s award-winning Slingbox which allows customers to watch and control their home TV on an Internet-connected Mac or PC as well as a range of mobile phone platforms. Support for UIQ handsets further extends Sling Media’s commitment to Europe and complements the already popular Slingbox.

The UIQ handsets that will support SlingPlayer Mobile at launch include:

  • Sony Ericsson P1i
  • Sony Ericsson P990i
  • Sony Ericsson W960i
  • Sony Ericsson W950i
  • Sony Ericsson M600i
  • Sony Ericsson G700
  • Sony Ericsson G900
  • Motorola Z8
  • Motorola Z10

A full list of compatible smartphones for all SlingPlayer Mobile-supported platforms can also be found at http://uk.slingmedia.com/go/spm-requirements.

The retail price of the application is £19.99 GBP, including VAT. For a list of supported handsets and the application download, please visit http://downloads.slingmedia.com/go/mobile-uk.

About Sling Media
Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), is a leading digital lifestyle company, offering consumer services and products that are a natural extension of today's digital way of life. Sling Media's product family includes the internationally acclaimed, Emmy award-winning Slingbox™ that allows consumers to watch and control their living room television shows at any time, from any location, using PCs, Macs, PDAs, and smartphones. For more information on Sling Media or the Slingbox, visit www.slingmedia.com.

More information can be found at www.slingmedia.com.

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