Echostar unveiled their latest box with built-in SlingBox and DVR functionality yesterday, the T2200S. Unlike previous Echostar boxes, though, this one will work with cable (Echostar owns Dish Network) and includes a DOCSIS cable modem, a 1TB hard drive and dual-tuners. So, for those that invest in this mighty DVR, you’ll be able to enjoy your recorded or live programming from any where in the world assuming you’ve got a high speed Internet connection and a laptop or cell phone.
Sounds like EchoStar will sell the T2200S wholesale to the cable companies who will subsequently lease them to consumers for a monthly fee. Although mass production of the box starts in Q4 of this year I wouldn’t expect to see them offered from your local cable operator until mid 2010, if not later.
Full release after the ‘leap’
ECHOSTAR UNVEILS WORLD’S FIRST SLINGLOADED HD DVR
EchoStar Technologies Creates tru2way™-based Set-top Box to Support
Cable Customers Seeking Entertainment Anytime, Anywhere
Englewood, Colo., March 30, 2009 – EchoStar Technologies L.L.C. and Sling Media,
Inc., wholly owned subsidiaries of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), today
unveiled the EchoStar T2200S, the world’s first SlingLoaded™, tru2way™-based, multi-
tuner, HD DVR set-top box designed specifically for the cable TV industry. The
announcement was made in advance of this week’s National Cable and
Telecommunications Cable Show ’09 in Washington, D.C. EchoStar will demonstrate the
T2200S at booth 917 in the Washington Convention Center April 1-3.
The T2200S integrates Sling Media Inc.’s award-winning placeshifting technology,
empowering cable TV subscribers to realize their dream of watching their home TV,
including live TV, DVR and VOD content, on almost any Internet-connected device,
such as the PC, Mac, mobile media players or mobile phones. The SlingLoaded
capabilities also enable remote video diagnostics which lets subscribers opt-in to receive
remote troubleshooting from an MSO’s tech support. This is just one of many
SlingLoaded features enabled by the T2200S that can help reduce the operator’s call
volume and truck rolls. EchoStar can also offer MSOs the power of SlingGuide™, giving
customers a powerful online search engine for their TV, the ability to schedule online
timers and to manage their DVR away from home.
The T2200S features a massive 1 terabyte hard drive for up to 1,000 hours of storage and
supports external storage via USB or an optional eSATA port. As a tru2way-based device,
the T2200S is proven to integrate with multiple OCAP electronic program guides and
will be fully functional for tru2way-enabled cable systems, including M-Card support,
embedded cable modem, DOCSIS Set-Top Gateway for two way communication, and
“EchoStar and Sling engineers have created one of the most powerful set-top box devices
ever made for the cable industry, with the ability to watch content anywhere in the home
or anyplace in the world,” said Mark Jackson, president of EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
The SlingLoaded T2200S also provides the following features:
• Supports MPEG-2, H.264 (MPEG-4) and VC1.
• 1GHz tuners to support expanded network bandwidth.
• Connect to the home network via Ethernet, WiFi (with optional WiFi adapter) or
Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA™).
• Supports advanced resolution formats up to 1080p24.
• Individual branding opportunities for MSOs.
• Supports Macrovision and DCS analog copy protection.
• Features an attractive, capacitive-touch, backlit front panel with clock display.
The T2200S will be available for testing in MSO labs in June 2009, with volume
production rolling out in Q4 2009. Consumers interested in this product should contact
their local cable company.
MSOs seeking more information should visit www.echostar.com or email cable-
About EchoStar Technologies
EchoStar Technologies L.L.C., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation
(Nasdaq: SATS) spans 25 years of delivering innovations in TV entertainment, advanced
set-top boxes, and end-to-end video delivery systems. EchoStar designs and engineers
products for satellite, IPTV, cable, terrestrial, and consumer electronics markets
worldwide by combining engineering, supply chain, manufacturing, and service into one
company. With more than 2,000 employees worldwide, EchoStar provides customers
with competitive business strategies, practices, and reduced product and operational costs.
About Sling Media
Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ:
SATS), is a leading digital lifestyle company whose products include the acclaimed,
Emmy award-winning Slingbox™ that allows consumers to watch and control their
living room TV shows at any time, from any location, using PCs, Macs, PDAs and
smartphones. Sling Media also introduced SlingCatcher™, a universal media player that
seamlessly delivers broadcast TV, Internet video and personal content to the TV. Sling
Media also provides a video entertainment web site, Sling.com, offering consumers a
variety of popular TV shows, movies and other entertainment free for viewing online or
on TV using SlingCatcher. For more information, visit www.slingmedia.com. To watch
your favorite TV shows and movies, visit www.sling.com.
Tru2way and OCAP are trademarks of Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.