We reported Monday about a Philips press-release that broke the news on a new Sling Media Slingbox will be presented at CES 2006. Apparently this has confused some Sling Media customers. Sling Media VP of Product Management Jeremy Toeman sent us this statement for clarification:
"Hi there, I’m here to help answer a few questions and clear up some possible confusion. Earlier this week, Philips announced that Sling Media would use Philips tuners in an upcoming product (or products), to be shown at CES 2006. In the same press release, Philips announced that the Philips decoders are capable of wonderful features, such as component video capture, and more.
While it’s certainly fun to speculate that we’re already done with the first Slingbox and have a new one ready, there’s a much simpler answer. If I take the knowledge of this Philips silicon tuner and combine it with the knowledge of Sling Media’s just-started PAL beta test, and whip out my handy Occam’s Razor, it’s a lot more likely that the upcoming Slingbox is one for countries that use the PAL TV standard.
To be clear: we are not commercially launching a "next-generation" Slingbox at CES 2006.
I know this isn’t as sexy and exciting as a brand-new Slingbox to show off, but, as they say, all in good time. For existing, soon-to-be, or speculative Slingbox customers, don’t worry, you’ve got a lot of life left in that little silver box!" This statement is exciting for me, because I need a PAL version of the Slingbox.