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SlingPlayer mobile for BlackBerry arrives December 30th!

Foster City, CA - Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), is pleased to announce SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry will be available for download as part of a public beta beginning December 30th, 2008.

SlingPlayer Mobile software lets users watch their TV and all its programming via their handheld device. Information on SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry, including device support, system requirements and download information can be found on: http://ca.slingmedia.com/go/blackberry.

Sling Media will make SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry available to Slingbox customers in the U.S., Canada and the UK at launch.

The following is a list of BlackBerry smartphones that will be supported in Canada at launch and available through Rogers Wireless.*

BlackBerry Bold 9000

BlackBerry Curve 8900

BlackBerry 8820

BlackBerry Curve 8320

BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220

BlackBerry Pearl 8120

*Sling Media continues to work with our partner, Research In Motion, to bring SlingPlayer Mobile to additional BlackBerry models. As more platforms are updated to support SlingPlayer Mobile we will add them to the list of officially supported devices. In addition, device support is dependent on your location and carrier. Please reference http://ca.slingmedia.com/go/blackberry. for more information and specific device and carrier support.

SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry requires, in many cases, a software upgrade on your BlackBerry device. A full list of minimum requirements for each supported BlackBerry smartphone can be found at www.slingmedia.com/go/blackberry. You can also contact your local wireless carrier for information about upgrading your BlackBerry smarpthone’s device software.

SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry will be available as a free download during the beta testing period.

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 and the revolutionary new SlingCatcher™, a universal media player that seamlessly delivers broadcast TV, Internet video and personal content to the TV. Sling Media is also the company behind the video entertainment web site, Sling.com, offering consumers a wide variety of popular TV shows, movies and other entertainment free for viewing online or on the TV using SlingCatcher. For more information on Sling Media, the Slingbox or the SlingCatcher, visit www.slingmedia.com.

About Keating Technologies
Keating Technologies, headquartered in Markham (north-east Toronto), Ontario, is a three time winner of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies Program. As Canada’s leading branch outsourcing service to the high technology industry, the company has been responsible for bringing more than $1 billion in technology products and services to Canadian businesses and consumers. Keating provides Total Market Management® services including sales, marketing and customer support through its offices in Vancouver and Markham. For more information about Keating Technologies, please visit www.keating.com.




Overland Storage forges sales and marketing relationship with Keating Technologies to increase market traction in Canada

Company Bolsters Channel Penetration of End-to-End Data Protection Offerings by Aligning with Canada’s Leading Branch Outsourcing Company

San Diego, CA  - Overland Storage, Inc. (Nasdaq: OVRL) today announced that it has entered into an exclusive sales and marketing relationship with Keating Technologies, a company that provides leading branch outsourcing services to the Canadian marketplace. As Overland’s representative in Canada, Keating will deliver integrated sales and marketing services to value-added resellers and distributors of Overland’s complete array of end-to-end data protection solutions, including REO SERIES® disk-based VTL appliances, NEO SERIES® and ARCvault™ tape libraries, Snap Server® NAS appliances and ULTAMUS® RAID high-performance storage.

According to Ravi Pendekanti, vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for Overland Storage, the alliance with Keating Technologies will enable Overland to accelerate its momentum in the Canadian marketplace while ensuring that its customers receive the highest levels of responsive service and support. “We are delighted to partner with Keating Technologies as they are an acknowledged leader with a strong track record of helping U.S.-based technology companies build a strong marketing presence throughout Canada,” he says. “Keating’s stellar business reputation and in-depth knowledge of the storage industry will prove invaluable in elevating Overland’s brand awareness in Canada while enabling us to steadily accelerate our sales growth within the region.”

“Overland Storage is a leading innovator of data protection storage appliances for the small, mid-sized and distributed enterprise markets” said Larry J. Keating, president and CEO of Keating Technologies. “With their recent acquisition of the Snap Server product line from Adaptec, Overland has a well rounded family of products consisting of SAN, NAS, Disk and Tape back-up and we are excited to help them grow in the Canadian market.”

More than 1.5 exabytes of storage are safeguarded by Overland’s family of data protection products, which are deployed by mid-range and distributed organizations worldwide. Many of the world’s leaders in the financial services, healthcare, education, oil and gas, law enforcement and manufacturing industries trust Overland to keep their mission-critical data optimized, protected and readily available.

About Keating Technologies
Keating Technologies, headquartered in Markham (northeast Toronto), Ontario, is a three-time winner of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies Program. As Canada’s leading branch outsourcing service to the high technology industry, the company has been responsible for bringing more than $1 billion in technology products and services to Canadian businesses and consumers. Keating provides Total Market Management® services, including sales, marketing and customer support through its offices in Vancouver and Markham. For more information, visit Keating’s web site at www.keating.com.

About Overland Storage
Overland Storage provides affordable end-to-end data protection solutions that are engineered to store smarter, protect faster and extend anywhere – across networked storage, media types, and multi-site environments. Overland Storage products include award-winning NEO SERIES® and ARCvault® tape libraries, REO SERIES® disk-based backup and recovery appliances with VTL capabilities, Snap Server® NAS appliances, and ULTAMUS® RAID high-performance, high-density storage. Overland sells its products through leading OEMs, commercial distributors, storage integrators and value-added resellers. For more information, visit Overland’s web site at www.overlandstorage.com.

Except for the factual statements made herein, the information contained in this news release consists of forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Words and expressions reflecting optimism, satisfaction or disappointment with current prospects, as well as words such as “believe,” “hopes,” “intends,” “estimates,” “expects,” “projects,” “plans,” “anticipates” and variations thereof, identify forward-looking statements, but their absence does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of performance and the company’s actual results could differ materially from those contained in such statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include: unexpected delays or costs related to the acquisition and integration of the Snap business; possible delays in new product introductions and shipments; failure to achieve desired benefits from cost-cutting measures; market acceptance of the company’s new product offerings; the ability to maintain strong relationships with branded channel partners; the timing and market acceptance of new product introductions by competitors; worldwide information technology spending levels; unexpected shortages of critical components; rescheduling or cancellation of customer orders; loss of a major customer; general competition and price pressures in the marketplace; the company’s ability to control costs and expenses; and general economic conditions. Reference is also made to other factors detailed from time to time in the company’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release and the company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events or circumstances after the date of this release.




Keating Technologies announces new addition to executive management team

Keating Names Alex Nobile, Vice President, Sales and General Manager

Toronto, ON – Keating Technologies Inc., Canada’s leading branch-outsourcing service to the high-technology industry, has appointed Alex Nobile, Vice President, Sales and General Manager. Alex will be responsible for the sales, marketing and operational leadership of the company’s portfolio of clients. He brings more than 20 years of expertise in product management, business development and sales management at several high-tech companies.

“We are excited to have Alex lead Keating’s sales, marketing and business development efforts,” said Larry Keating, president and chief executive officer, Keating Technologies Inc. “He not only brings significant sales and marketing expertise to the company, but also a great track record of successfully developing and managing key relationships and will positively drive the company’s growth”.

Before joining Keating, Alex was Country Manager at NComputing, a leader in providing desktop virtualization software and hardware to the education and SMB market in Canada. Previously, Alex held senior management roles at Synnex as Vice President of Product Management, responsible for all vendor relationships and Vice President of Business Development, where he was responsible for negotiating partnerships and key strategic relationships with new vendors.

“My goal is to help Keating gain additional market penetration and develop deeper account relationships, as well as identify new business opportunities,” said Alex. “It is a very exciting time to join such a dynamic and successful company, and I look forward to contributing to its overall growth”.

“Alex’s extensive experience with leading technology companies, as well as his vision and innovative spirit makes him a valued addition to the Keating executive team”, said Larry.

Keating Technologies offers an integrated representation strategy combining customer intimacy, product knowledge and operational excellence. The company’s services focus on accelerated speed to market, operational cost-efficiencies, proven sales ability, measurable marketing initiatives and return on investment with increased customer satisfaction for its clients.

About Keating Technologies
Keating Technologies, headquartered in Markham (north-east Toronto), Ontario, is a three time winner of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies Program. As Canada’s leading branch outsourcing service to the high technology industry, the company has been responsible for bringing more than $1 billion in technology products and services to Canadian businesses and consumers. Keating provides Total Market Management® services including sales, marketing and customer support through its offices in Vancouver and Markham. More information regarding Keating Technologies is available at 905-479-0230 or by visiting the Company’s web site at www.keating.com.




SlingCatcher hits Canadian retail shelves

The SlingCatcher™ – a digital media streaming device from the makers of Slingbox – is available for Canadian purchase from Future Shop, Best Buy, Canada Computers and London Drugs

Foster City, CA – Sling Media, Inc., a leading digital lifestyle products company, is pleased to announce the award-winning SlingCatcher™ is now available for purchase from leading retailers in Canada. The SlingCatcher is a universal media player that seamlessly delivers broadcast TV, Internet video and personal content from personal PCs to television sets. The SlingCatcher allows customers to watch online video from any popular site on the internet including network television sites like ABC.com, video content sites like Hulu.com, community video sites like YouTube.com, and even online movie rentals from popular services like Netflix, directly from a PC to the TV for the ultimate lean-back, social viewing experience.

“Customers have been waiting with anticipation for this product since we announced it, and I’m very pleased to say to them that the SlingCatcher has arrived,” said Blake Krikorian, co-founder and CEO of Sling Media, Inc. “Thousands of video programs are available for viewing online for free, but until now there hasn’t been an easy way to watch them on a screen larger than your laptop computer. In addition, SlingCatcher will give Slingbox customers the ability to watch their home TV on another TV, something they have been asking for since we first introduced the original Slingbox in 2005.”

The SlingCatcher, with its included remote control, also allows customers to access and control any device connected to a Slingbox – for instance a DVR, Cable or Satellite set-top box – located in another room in the house or even from a Slingbox in a remote location. And finally, connect a standard USB hard drive or USB flash drive and the SlingCatcher can playback on the TV most personal media stored on the hard disk, including home movies, personal videos, internet video downloads, etc.

SlingCatcher comes with three built-in applications: SlingPlayer™ for TV, SlingProjector™ and My Media that combine to create a unified media platform capable of delivering content from disparate places for viewing on a single TV screen. This unique approach promises to give customers unprecedented control over their home television experience.

SlingPlayer for TV delivers one of the most requested features from existing Slingbox customers: the ability to watch and control their living room TV on another TV in the home or on a TV in a remote location without using a PC or custom cabling.

Customers today have on-demand access to a variety of video programming over the Internet that dwarfs the linear programming that comes into their homes from cable and satellite. This includes literally thousands of video sites streaming movies, TV shows, cultural and niche programming, sporting events, and much more, right to their PC. The SlingProjector software allows consumers to project any of this programming directly onto their TV via the SlingCatcher.

Using SlingProjector, customers can catch up on back episodes of their favorite TV programs without having to wait for them to air again, or they can sample new TV programs online before scheduling them on their DVR. SlingProjector supports virtually any video streaming web site, media player and Internet video player and is designed to give the user control over how the video is projected to the TV. The SlingProjector software lets a user select a specific video playing within a web site or media player, projecting just the video and not the entire PC screen making for a much more enjoyable viewing experience.

My Media gives customers the ability to playback on their TV a broad range of media files from a wide variety of sources, including camcorders, digital cameras, personal DVD recordings, and Internet video downloads. With My Media, customers can play their favorite videos from their own personal media libraries using an external USB hard drive or flash drive that they connect to one of the SlingCatcher’s two USB ports. Today the SlingCatcher supports a variety of native media formats including WMV, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264 and Xvid as well as a number of file formats including .avi, .vob, .ifo, .mpg, .mov, .wma. Because there is a huge variety of media file formats on the market today, Sling Media created and is in testing on a conversion utility called SlingSync that will convert incompatible files into a format that can be played back on the TV via SlingCatcher. SlingSync will also pre-scan a media library to determine which files are compatible at the outset saving the customer the uncertainty of whether their media will playback properly.

SlingCatcher includes both standard definition and high definition outputs to connect to a TV including HDMI, component video, S-Video and composite video, as well as both analog and digital audio connectors. SlingCatcher also features a standard Ethernet jack to connect to the home network, either directly or via SlingLink powerline Ethernet adapters.

Sling Media is represented in Canada for sales, marketing and technical support by Keating Technologies. SlingCatcher is available from leading Canadian retailers including Best Buy, Future Shop, Canada Computers and London Drugs for $329.99 CDN.

About Sling Media
Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), is a leading digital lifestyle products 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.

About Keating Technologies
Keating Technologies, headquartered in Markham (north-east Toronto), Ontario, is a three time winner of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies Program. As Canada’s leading branch outsourcing service to the high technology industry, the company has been responsible for bringing more than $1 billion in technology products and services to Canadian businesses and consumers. Keating provides Total Market Management® services including sales, marketing and customer support through its offices in Vancouver, Markham and Montreal. For more information about Keating Technologies, please visit www.keating.com.




Sling Media begins shipping Slingbox PRO-HD in Canada

First of its kind Slingbox capable of streaming both SDTV and HDTV; now available from Best Buy, Future Shop, Canada Computers and London Drugs stores nationwide

Foster City, CA – Sling Media, Inc., a leading digital lifestyle products company, today announced its next generation Slingbox™ PRO-HD is now available for purchase from leading online and brick and mortar retailers across Canada.. The Slingbox PRO-HD is a revolutionary new product that allows you to watch and control your favourite HD content from anywhere in the world on your laptop PC or mobile phone.

The Slingbox PRO-HD is capable of streaming HD content from any home television source, including over the air HD digital signals (ATSC), digital cable channels (Clear QAM), HDTV cable set-top boxes, HDTV satellite receivers, or HD DVR’s, to a laptop or desktop computer in and around the house. Additionally, customers who have a high speed broadband connection that features upload speeds of 1.5 Megabits per second or higher, Slingbox PRO-HD can even stream HD TV signals outside the home to just about anywhere you can receive a high-speed network connection.

“With Slingbox PRO-HD, our customers will have the ability to place-shift their HD programming to a laptop or desktop computer both in and around the home or remotely while preserving the best possible picture quality,” said Blake Krikorian, co-founder and CEO of Sling Media. “Slingbox PRO-HD marks a giant leap forward in hardware and software development from Sling Media including the powerful encoding enhancements that are a part of SlingStream 2.0. Because of this, Slingbox PRO-HD delivers picture quality at all resolutions that is truly amazing”.

With the availability of the Slingbox PRO-HD, Sling Media has also updated its SlingPlayer for Windows software for PCs running Windows XP or Windows Vista. SlingPlayer 2.0 for Windows is now available for download from Sling Media’s web site, www.slingmedia.com. SlingPlayer 2.0 for Windows features a live video buffer built into the software, allowing the viewer to pause and rewind a live video stream for easy navigation within a program, and avoiding potential conflicts with home viewers. Also included is the familiar favorites’ feature which slides out of the SlingPlayer and gives users a fast and intuitive way to navigate to their favorite channels or select the most popular remote control commands without having to bring up an on-screen guide on their home set-top box. Finally, SlingPlayer 2.0 for Windows incorporates Sling Accounts, a single sign-on feature that keeps key personal Slingbox information including Finder IDs, favorite channels and programming guide information, making them all accessible on any PC running SlingPlayer 2.0 for Windows software.

Slingbox PRO-HD features SlingStream 2.0, a major improvement to the company’s proprietary SlingStream™ technology. SlingStream 2.0 allows the Slingbox PRO-HD to adaptively stream high quality television content across virtually any network connection. With SlingStream 2.0, audio/video quality is noticeably improved for remote clients operating in both high and low bitrate environments, including high definition players on a home network.

The Slingbox PRO-HD replaces the Slingbox PRO at the top-end of Sling Media’s Slingbox family and sets itself apart as it is the first and only Slingbox product that is capable of streaming video content at HD resolutions and delivers it to a HD-compatible laptop or desktop computer. The Slingbox PRO and Slingbox SOLO both down-convert HDTV sources to SDTV resolutions.

Slingbox PRO-HD is designed to meet the varied requirements of today’s multi-faceted TV-viewing households. The product includes support for both standard (4:3) and widescreen (16:9) video formats and features multiple integrated sets of audio-video inputs and outputs (Tuner support for HD Digital Antenna (ATSC), Analog and/or HD Digital Cable (Clear QAM) channels, S-Video, composite video, component video and both analog and multi-channel, 5.1 surround, digital audio (S/PDIF)) and features integrated looping outputs for each input. Slingbox PRO-HD transforms desktop PCs, laptop PCs, Macs and a wide range of smartphones into personal, portable TVs and builds upon the goals of the original Slingbox – to give consumers the freedom to view their home cable, satellite or DVR programming on a wide range of devices anywhere they can access the Internet.

Slingbox PRO-HD is available from leading Canadian retailers including Best Buy, Future Shop, Canada Computers and London Drugs. The Canadian SRP is $329.99 for Slingbox PRO-HD.

About Sling Media
Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), is a leading digital lifestyle products 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.




Lantronix selects Keating Technologies as manufacturer’s representative in Canada

Toronto, ON – Lantronix, Inc. (Nasdaq: LTRX), a leader in device networking and data center management technologies officially announced the addition of Keating Technologies Inc. as its exclusive channel manufacturer’s representative in Canada. Keating will handle all channel sales and marketing activity for distributors, resellers and end users in Canada. “We assessed the Canadian marketplace and determined that Keating was the right fit for our North American business strategy,” said Brad Painter, Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Lantronix, Inc. “Keating’s reputation and expertise in the device networking and industrial automation industries will positively accelerate our sales growth in Canada. We are proud to have Keating as a partner in Canada.”

“Lantronix’s technology, innovation and product quality perfectly complement Keating’s mission of bringing leading-edge technology to Canadians,” said Larry J. Keating, President and CEO of Keating Technologies. “Bringing these technologies to Canada’s value added reseller network and enterprise customers is an exciting way to start 2008.” Lantronix, Inc. specializes in wired and wireless hardware and software solutions which allow virtually any electronic product to be network-enabled in order to remotely access, monitor and control it over a network or the Internet. Lantronix solutions are used in major vertical markets including security, industrial and building automation, medical, transportation, retail/POS, financial, government, consumer electronics/appliances, IT/data center, and pro-AV/signage. Lantronix channel products are distributed in Canada through Tech Data Canada, Sak Data Products, Ingram Micro, ADI-Burtek, KMJ Communications and Arrow Electronics.

Information about all Lantronix products is available on the Lantronix website at www.lantronix.com.

About Lantronix
Lantronix, Inc. (Nasdaq: LTRX) is a leading innovator in device networking technology. The company specializes in wired and wireless hardware and software solutions which allow virtually any electronic product to be network-enabled in order to remotely access, monitor and control it over a network or the Internet. Lantronix product portfolio includes Device Enablement solutions which provide a direct network connection to equipment and machines for remote monitoring and control, and Management and Control solutions which extend the ability to remotely manage IT equipment and literally thousands of networked devices, regardless of location, from a central point of access. Lantronix provides customizable technologies and solutions that are used by original equipment manufacturer (OEMs) design engineers to network-enable their products, IT administrators to manage data center and network infrastructure, and systems integrators to provide complete, remote device management solutions for their customers. With nearly two decades of networking expertise and more than 30,000 customers worldwide, Lantronix solutions are used in every major vertical market including security, industrial and building automation, medical, transportation, retail/POS, financial, government, consumer electronics/appliances, IT/data center, and pro-AV/signage. The company’s headquarters are located in Irvine, Calif. For more information, visit www.lantronix.com.

About Keating Technologies
Keating Technologies, headquartered in Markham (north-east Toronto), Ontario, is a three-time winner of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies Program. As Canada’s leading branch outsourcing service to the high technology industry, the company has been responsible for bringing more than $1 billion in technology products and services to Canadian businesses and consumers. Keating provides Total Market Management® services including sales, marketing and customer support through its offices in Vancouver, Markham and Montreal.




Sling Media unveils top-of-Line Slingbox PRO-HD

First of its kind Slingbox will stream HDTV content

Toronto, ON – Sling Media, Inc., a leading digital lifestyle products company, today announced its next generation Slingbox™ PRO-HD, a revolutionary new product that is capable of streaming HD content from a home television source, including over the air HD digital signals, HDTV cable or satellite receivers, or HD DVR’s, to a laptop or desktop computer in and around the house. In addition, when paired with Sling Media’s new SlingCatcher, Slingbox PRO-HD will transmit the HD signal to another TV in the house. In fact, customers who have a high speed broadband connection that features upload speeds of 1.5 – 2 Mbps or higher, Slingbox PRO-HD can even stream in HD outside the home to the office, to a hotel room or even to a remote TV when using SlingCatcher.

As part of the Slingbox PRO-HD product, Sling Media is also announcing SlingStream 2.0, a major improvement to the company’s proprietary SlingStream™ technology. SlingStream 2.0 allows the Slingbox PRO-HD to adaptively stream high quality television content across virtually any network connection. With SlingStream 2.0, audio/video quality is noticeably improved for remote clients operating in a low bitrate environment as well as high definition players on a home network. “Millions of customers are purchasing HDTVs, signing up for HD service and enjoying the benefits of HD quality picture creating a huge market for new products like Slingbox PRO-HD. With Slingbox PRO-HD, our customers will have the ability to placeshift their HD programming without sacrificing the quality of the picture,” said Blake Krikorian, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Sling Media. “Slingbox PRO-HD marks a giant leap forward in hardware and software development from Sling Media including the powerful encoding enhancements that are a part of SlingStream 2.0. Because of this, Slingbox PRO-HD will deliver a picture quality, regardless of the resolution, that is truly amazing”.

The Slingbox PRO-HD sets itself apart from the existing Slingbox family, including the Slingbox SOLO and the Slingbox PRO, as it is the first and only Slingbox product that is capable of streaming HD content. While the Slingbox PRO and Slingbox SOLO down-convert HDTV sources to EDTV resolutions, the Slingbox PRO-HD preserves the original resolution of the feed and delivers it to a HD-compatible laptop or desktop computer or secondary TV when paired with a SlingCatcher.

Slingbox PRO-HD is designed to meet the varied requirements of today’s multi-faceted TV-viewing households. The product includes standard (4:3) and widescreen (16:9) video support and features multiple integrated sets of audio-video inputs and outputs (ATSC/QAM HDTV Tuner, S-video, composite video, component video and either analog or multi-channel, 5.1 surround, digital audio) and features integrated looping outputs for each input. Slingbox PRO-HD transforms PCs, laptops, Macs and a variety of smartphones (including the just announced RIM BlackBerry®) into personal, portable TVs and builds upon the goals of the original Slingbox – to give consumers the freedom to view their home cable, satellite or DVR programming on a wide range of devices anywhere they can access the Internet.

Sling Media is demonstrating the Slingbox PRO-HD in the Sling Media booth, #73106, Sands Convention Center, in this week’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 7th-10th. Slingbox PRO-HD will be available for purchase in Q3 2008 for a suggested retail price of $439.99CAD.

In addition to the Sling Media booth Sling Media products can be found in several other partner booths at the Consumer Electronics Show including EchoStar Communications, Central Hall Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), booth 9021 and Microsoft, Central Hall LVCC, booth 7144. Sling Media products and services will also be on display at the Digital Experience press event on Sunday night at Caesar’s Palace.

About Sling Media
Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), is the world’s 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.

About Keating Technologies
Keating Technologies, headquartered in Markham (north-east Toronto), Ontario, is a three time winner of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies Program. As Canada’s leading branch outsourcing service to the high technology industry, the company has been responsible for bringing more than $1 billion in technology products and services to Canadian businesses and consumers. Keating provides Total Market Management® services including sales, marketing and customer support through its offices in Vancouver, Markham and Montreal. For more information about Keating Technologies, please visit www.keating.com.




Sling Media demonstrates SlingCatcher publicly for first time at CES 2008

Toronto, ON – Sling Media, Inc., a leading digital lifestyle products company, today announced it will be demonstrating its highly anticipated SlingCatcher™ product at the Sling Media booth, #73106, Sands Convention Center, for the first time publicly at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show here in Las Vegas, January 7th-10th. The SlingCatcher is a set-top box that seamlessly delivers broadcast TV, Internet-based content and personal media to the TV. The SlingCatcher acts as a repository for content and is able to pull from multiple sources and places, unifying the content for easy navigation and playback. SlingCatcher is slated for Q2 retail availability at a price of $299.99CAD.

“We’re thrilled to be showing the SlingCatcher with its full set of features here at CES and it’s great to see the enthusiasm in the market for this product. We have been spending a lot of time perfecting new technology that is vital to the SlingCatcher’s user experience but sometimes these things take longer than expected,” said Blake Krikorian, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Sling Media. “We had hoped to deliver the product for the Christmas holiday, but to plagiarize a well known wine maker; we shall sell no SlingCatcher before its time”.

SlingCatcher is bundled with three built-in applications: SlingPlayer™ for TV, SlingSync and SlingProjector™ that combine to create a unified media platform capable of pulling content from disparate places and consolidating them onto a single TV screen, giving the customer complete control of their personal media.

SlingPlayer for TV delivers one of the most requested Slingbox customer features: the ability to “sling” programming to another TV in the home or to a TV in a remote location without a PC by connecting to and streaming from the Slingbox on a LAN or WAN. In addition, when combined with the forthcoming Slingbox PRO-HD, SlingCatcher will give customers the ability to stream in HD from one TV to another.

SlingProjector enables consumers to project to the TV Internet and PC-based digital audio/video content – whether downloaded movies, TV shows, home movies, photo slideshows or YouTube videos – from a PC to TV-screen for a “lean back” viewing experience. SlingProjector supports most video streaming web sites, media players and Internet video players.

Finally, SlingSync gives customers the ability to sync files over their network connection and store them on a third-party USB flash drive or other portable hard drive attached to the SlingCatcher, giving them the ability to use the SlingCatcher to replay their favorite content on demand and manage content from a PC via the SlingCatcher user interface.

The SlingCatcher includes both standard definition and high definition AV outputs to connect to a TV including HDMI, component, S-Video and composite video, as well as analog and digital audio. In regards to network connectivity, the SlingCatcher features a standard Ethernet jack to connect to the home network either directly or via SlingLink powerline Ethernet adapters. In addition, Sling Media will sell a wireless USB adapter called SlingLink Wireless for $59.99CAD, which can also be used to create the network connection. SlingCatcher will be available in Q2 for a retail price of $299.99CAD.

About Sling Media
Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), is the world’s 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.

About Keating Technologies
Keating Technologies, headquartered in Markham (north-east Toronto), Ontario, is a three time winner of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies Program. As Canada’s leading branch outsourcing service to the high technology industry, the company has been responsible for bringing more than $1 billion in technology products and services to Canadian businesses and consumers. Keating provides Total Market Management® services including sales, marketing and customer support through its offices in Vancouver, Markham and Montreal. For more information about Keating Technologies, please visit www.keating.com.




Sling Media develops industry’s first cable modem to integrate place-shifting capabilities

Company will market new SlingModem as an OEM device to MSOs worldwide

Toronto, ON – Sling Media Inc., a digital lifestyle products company, today announced the development and CableLabs certification of the first cable modem that fully integrates the place-shifting capabilities pioneered in the original Slingbox™. With the SlingModem™, customers can easily watch and control their TV programming on any Internet-connected computing device just as they would in front of the living room television.

“Both Sling Media customers and the industry have asked whether the acquisition by EchoStar would limit Sling Media’s focus to products for DISH Network and other satellite TV service operators. The introduction of the SlingModem demonstrates our operator-agnostic philosophy, as well as our commitment to the cable industry,” said Blake Krikorian, co-founder and CEO of Sling Media. “We are working with MSOs both in the U.S. and worldwide, and we expect to deliver the SlingModem through OEM customers in 2008.”

The SlingModem provides the cable customer with both a broadband connection as well as the placeshifting functionality made famous by the Slingbox. Connecting a SlingModem is as simple as a traditional modem, with the only required input being the coaxial cable from the wall. Upon set up, users will instantly have access to their analog cable channels on a PC, Mac, or compatible smartphone. In addition, customers with a digital cable set-top box can connect SlingModem to the set-top box to access live or recorded television programming, premium content and video on demand. Because the SlingModem requires no router configuration, installation is simple and low cost while also providing tremendous added value to the customer.

About Sling Media
Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), is the world’s 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.

About Keating Technologies
Keating Technologies, headquartered in Markham (north-east Toronto), Ontario, is a three time winner of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies Program. As Canada’s leading branch outsourcing service to the high technology industry, the company has been responsible for bringing more than $1 billion in technology products and services to Canadian businesses and consumers. Keating provides Total Market Management® services including sales, marketing and customer support through its offices in Vancouver, Markham and Montreal. For more information about Keating Technologies, please visit www.keating.com.




Sling Media to showcase SlingPlayer 2.0 featuring Clip+Sling and Sling.com at CES 2008

Free upgrade to the SlingPlayer desktop software for the PC will allow Slingbox owners to clip and share content streamed from their Slingbox

Toronto, ON – Sling Media, Inc., a leading digital lifestyle products company, today announced it will be demonstrating Clip+Sling at CES as part of the company’s new SlingPlayer™ 2.0 client software. Clip+Sling gives Slingbox customers the ability to “grab” snippets of their favorite television content and instantly share them with friends. As part of the demonstration at CES, Sling Media is also giving a sneak peak of the forthcoming video destination site, Sling.com. Clips made by Slingbox customers will be uploaded to Sling.com, creating personal playlists and feeds that can be viewed and subscribed to by other Slingbox customers as well as the community at large. In addition to featuring short-form content, Sling.com will be a vehicle for consumers to discover and enjoy long-form programming.

Clip+Sling is made possible by Sling Media’s new SlingPlayer 2.0, the client software for the PC that gives Slingbox customers the ability to ‘placeshift’ their television content to a desktop or laptop computer located just about anywhere. SlingPlayer 2.0 is packed with new features: in addition to the revolutionary Clip+Sling, SlingPlayer 2.0 will include a program guide of channel listings and a local video buffer that gives customers DVR-like controls.

“Clip+Sling will be another exciting feature for Slingbox owners to use and enjoy, but it will also be appreciated by millions of other people who may discover a new show or favorite movie, thanks to the recommendations of their friends,” said Blake Krikorian, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Sling Media. “Because of this fundamental shift in the way consumers create, share and interact with content, Clip+Sling will change the way people socialize around television.”

Clip+Sling
Imagine wanting to share a great play from this weekend’s game with someone who didn’t see it. With Clip+Sling, Slingbox customers now have an intuitive application that allows them to create clips in mere seconds and instantly share them with friends and family. Clips are uploaded to Sling Media’s video destination, Sling.com, where they can be viewed by anyone who has a Web browser. Clips viewed on Sling.com may also lead the consumer to a wealth of related short- and long-form content to enjoy.

Programming Guide
Similar to the program guide available on cable or satellite set-top boxes, SlingPlayer 2.0′s program guide allows Slingbox owners to see exactly what shows are available on their home TV, no matter where they happen to be. Because SlingPlayer 2.0 uses a broadband Internet connection to stream video to the PC, Sling Media is able to use that same connectivity to give customers an easy-to-navigate view of their programming guide and supplemental content.

Video Buffer
Just like a DVR, the new SlingPlayer 2.0 video buffer allows users to pause live TV, fast forward or rewind instantaneously. The video buffer, temporarily stored on the PC or Mac, gives customers complete viewing flexibility even if they don’t have a DVR at home. “Clip+Sling is a major milestone and advance in the interactive revolution of television,” said Jason Hirschhorn, president of the Sling Media Entertainment Group. “This is a great moment for consumers and an even bigger moment for content providers to explore new business and promotional opportunities for their programming.”

Sling Media will be demonstrating SlingPlayer 2.0 in the Sling Media booth, #73106, Sands Convention Center, at this week’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 7th-10th. SlingPlayer 2.0 is in an internal beta, and the company is gearing up for a public preview release in the coming months.

In addition to the Sling Media booth, Sling Media products can be found in several other partner booths at the Consumer Electronics Show, including EchoStar Communications, Central Hall Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), booth #9021 and Microsoft, Central Hall LVCC, booth #7144.

About Sling Media
Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), is the world’s 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.

About Keating Technologies
Keating Technologies, headquartered in Markham (north-east Toronto), Ontario, is a three time winner of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies Program. As Canada’s leading branch outsourcing service to the high technology industry, the company has been responsible for bringing more than $1 billion in technology products and services to Canadian businesses and consumers. Keating provides Total Market Management® services including sales, marketing and customer support through its offices in Vancouver, Markham and Montreal. For more information about Keating Technologies, please visit www.keating.com.