Category Archives: 2012




SlingProjector for videos is now available on Slingbox® 500

Feature wirelessly streams personal videos from any iPhone or Android smartphone to your big-screen TV

What: Sling Media is pleased to announce that SlingProjector for Videos is now available to Slingbox 500 customers as part of a just-released firmware and software client upgrade. SlingProjector wirelessly streams personal photos — and now videos — to your TV’s big screen for family and friends to enjoy together.

Who: Pioneers of “TV Anywhere” technology, Sling Media recently introduced new Slingbox products – the Slingbox 500 and Slingbox 350 — that deliver live and on-demand streaming of all of your favorite TV shows, sporting events, recorded programming and premium content to your mobile device of choice in up to Full HD 1080p resolution, with no additional subscription fees required.

Why: The Slingbox is the perfect gift for sports fans, technophiles, frequent travelers or anyone who wants to view their entire channel lineup via their PC, Mac, tablet, smartphone or connected TV.

How: In order to take advantage of this new feature, Slingbox 500 customers must:

(1) Update the SlingPlayer software on their iPhone or Android smartphone.
(2) From the TV-screen user interface OR a PC/Mac, confirm that the firmware on the Slingbox 500 is version 1.1.192.
a. TV-screen user interface: Click on About → Firmware Version
b. PC/Mac: Connect to your Slingbox 500, then click SettingsSlingbox Info Firmware Version

These updates were automatically rolled out to customers starting the evening of Tuesday, December 11, 2012. If your firmware has not updated, you can manually update firmware on the TV-screen user interface: AboutFirmware VersionUpdate.

Availability
The suggested retail price for the Slingbox 500 is $299.99 and can be purchased in the U.S. and Canada at www.slingbox.com and ca.slingbox.com, as well as leading retailers including Best Buy (U.S. and Canada), Amazon.com (U.S. only), Future Shop (Canada only) and other independent retailers.

About Sling Media
Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation, is the leading provider of video placeshifting products and services for consumers and television service providers. For more information, visit www.slingbox.com or follow us on Twitter or Facebook for the latest news and update.




Two all-new redesigned Slingbox® models are now available in Canada

Slingbox 500 and Slingbox 350 Deliver Unprecedented Full 1080p HD-Quality Streaming of TV Content Anywhere

Slingbox 500 Sets New Standard with Integrated Wi-Fi, HDMI and Provides New Platform for Delivery of Personal Content to the TV

Toronto, ON – The Slingbox 500 and Slingbox 350, the newest retail products to allow consumers to watch their TV anywhere, will be available today in leading Canadian retailers including Best Buy, Future Shop and London Drugs.

Both Slingbox models are completely redesigned and deliver best-in-class, up to full 1080p HD-quality, live streaming of your favorite TV shows, sporting events, recorded programming and premium content to smartphones, tablets, laptops and connected devices. In addition, the Slingbox 500 introduces new features, including Wi-Fi and HDMI, as well as a platform for delivering personal content to the TV, a first for any Slingbox product.

The latest portable devices and high-speed wireless networks give consumers access to video content wherever they go. Now the Slingbox 500 and Slingbox 350 raise the bar by delivering a superior HD quality video experience, making it easy for them to watch and control their home TV — virtually anywhere.

“Slingbox is still the best way to extend the entire living room TV experience anywhere,” said Sling Media’s Senior Vice President and General Manager, Raghu Tarra. “We’ve redesigned our Slingbox products from the ground up, adding features and enhancements that make them easier to set up and use while creating the highest performing products on the market. With these new product introductions, Sling Media continues to evolve and disrupt the category we created.”

With the proliferation of TV streaming services, consumers are finding new ways to watch TV but are confused by the many options in this highly fragmented market. Only Slingbox delivers your entire living room TV experience regardless of where you are without requiring additional subscription fees. Sports fans can watch their hometown teams’ live games from another room in the house on a tablet, or in another country as the action happens. Frequent travelers can keep up with their favorite shows or local news. Busy parents can catch up on recorded shows while waiting for their kids to finish practice or while enjoying what little downtime they have throughout the day. Slingbox makes it easy for consumers to watch their favorite shows on the go, using the portable devices they already own and love.

How They Work

The Slingbox 500 features built-in Wi-Fi and integrated IR emitters for controlling a set-top box. It has HDMI and component, as well as composite, inputs/outputs. This makes set-up anywhere in the home clean, simple and straightforward.

The Slingbox 500 is the foundation of a growing set of features for Slingbox customers. The hardware platform not only has the ability to placeshift content, making a live content stream available anywhere, but can also receive content and display it on the TV. The first example of this is SlingProjector®. SlingProjector makes it easy for anyone to wirelessly display their personal media, such as photos, from their smartphone onto the big screen. Look to Sling Media to provide Slingbox 500 customers with other exciting ways to display content on their television screens in the coming months.

The Slingbox 350 offers Sling Media’s highest quality, proven “TV Anywhere” technology at a cost-effective price. The Slingbox 350 features 1080p, HD-quality streaming on compatible devices, making it a value leader. The sleek, industrial design combined with integrated IR emitters makes it a compact, unique and easy-to-use addition to any home entertainment center.

In conjunction with the introduction of these two new Slingbox products, Sling Media is also rolling out new SlingPlayer® software clients across its desktop and mobile platforms. In addition, SlingPlayer software for iOS, Android and Windows Phone is now on sale for $14.99, a savings of 50 percent, as part of a special launch offer.

To learn more about these two new products and other Slingbox hardware and SlingPlayer software, visit ca.slingbox.com.

Pricing and Availability

Slingbox 500 and Slingbox 350 will go on sale in Canada on Monday, November 5, 2012. Both models can be purchased at Future Shop, Best Buy, London Drugs and other independent retailers. The Slingbox 500 is $299.99 MSRP and Slingbox 350 is $179.99 MSRP.

About Slingbox
Slingbox is produced by Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation, which is the leading provider of video place-shifting products and services for consumers and television service providers. Slingbox provides consumers with the ability to watch and control their living room TV shows at any time, from any location, using Internet-connected PCs, Macs, tablets and smartphones. For more information, visit http://ca.slingbox.com.

About EchoStar Corporation
EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) is the premier global provider of satellite operations and video delivery solutions. EchoStar’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Hughes, is the world’s leading provider of satellite broadband services, delivering network technologies and managed services for enterprise and government customers in more than 100 countries.

Headquartered in Englewood, CO, with additional business units world-wide, EchoStar is a multiple Emmy award-winning company that has pioneered advancements in the set-top box and satellite industries for more than 30 years, consistently delivering value for customers, partners and investors through innovation and outstanding quality. Over the last three decades EchoStar’s contribution to video technology has been a major influencer to shifts in the way consumers view, receive and manage TV programming.

EchoStar’s consumer solutions include HughesNet®, North America’s #1 high-speed satellite Internet service, Sling Media’s Slingbox products, and EchoStar’s line of advanced digital video set-top box products for the European free satellite and terrestrial viewer markets.




TeamBoard announces new distribution partner

Markham, ON – TeamBoard, a leading manufacturer of interactive technology solutions for education, corporate, and training environments, is excited to announce a new relationship with Tech Data Canada, under which Tech Data will exclusively distribute the entire range of TeamBoard products in Canada.

“Between TeamBoard’s tiered direct reseller programs, and the incredible added value inherent in the Tech Data model, Canadian resellers have options available to them to suit their specific needs. With stock in both Vancouver and Toronto, and a suite of reseller programs, Tech Data is ready to meet the market demand”, noted Lincoln Vaz, Global Sales Manager for TeamBoard.

About Tech Data Canada
Tech Data Corporation (Nasdaq:TECD) is one of the world’s largest wholesale distributors of technology products. Its advanced logistics capabilities and value added services enable more than 125,000 resellers in more than 100 countries to efficiently and cost effectively support the diverse technology needs of end users. Tech Data generated $26.5 billion in net sales for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2012 and is ranked 109th on the Fortune 500®. Tech Data Canada Corporation, established in 1989, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tech Data Corporation, servicing over 5,000 technology resellers and solution providers across the country. Tech Data Canada combines the strength and stability of a global organization with focus and attention on the Canadian IT market.

TeamBoard provides a full range of interactive solutions for presentation and training environments including TeamBoard interactive whiteboards, projectors, peripherals, installation solutions, touchscreen monitors, installation services, professional technical and presentation training and development, and an online sharing and support community. www.teamboard.com In Canada, TeamBoard products and services are available through leading authorized TeamBoard dealers and Tech Data Canada.




Highest performance SnapSAN from Overland Storage to date delivers SSD acceleration with business continuity

Advanced High Availability and Automated Tiering Enable IT to Align Application-Driven Performance and Uptime Requirements in Virtualised, Private Cloud and Compliance Environments

Markham, ON – Overland Storage, the trusted global provider of effortless data management and data protection solutions across the data lifecycle, today announced its new family of SnapSAN solutions for high performance computing.

Scalable to 288TBs, the SnapSAN 3000 and SnapSAN 5000 are fully redundant systems with 99.999% availability and set a new benchmark for enterprise level automation and performance capabilities. With an easy-to-use interface for performing transparent, non-disruptive data movement, the new SnapSAN features multidimensional tiers that maintain optimal performance and provisioning without IT intervention.

For enterprise class data protection without the high incremental costs usually associated with such capabilities, both products come standard with real time replication, volume cloning, snapshots and thin provisioning. Certified for Citrix, Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware, both products also have built-in VMware API support, as well as a vCenter plugin for seamlessly integrated administration. Ideally suited for I/O intensive applications, virtualised and private cloud environments, and regulatory compliance, the new SnapSANs from Overland Storage allow administrators to quickly provision storage to easily meet application driven and compliance requirements.

“With the SnapSAN 3000 and 5000, Overland has brought many highly advanced storage features to the mid-market with an all-inclusive price model that is welcomed by customers. The advanced features are highly valuable and usually associated with much more expensive systems, ” said Randy Kerns, senior strategist, Evaluator Group.

“Our new offering takes the SnapSAN family of products to unprecedented levels with industry leading features that provide the instant accessibility and the performance required for data intensive business applications,” said Joe Disher, director, product marketing disk products, Overland Storage. “We continue to focus on creating solutions that provide our customers with maximum value and performance while maintaining the ability to be easily deployed and managed within their existing infrastructure”.

Availability
The SnapSAN 3000 and SnapSAN 5000 are available immediately through Overland Storage’s Canadian distributors and resellers. Keating Technologies manages the Canadian channel for Overland Storage. For immediate assistance please call Stewart Hazell at 905-305-6510.

About Overland Storage
Overland Storage is the trusted global provider of effortless data management and data protection solutions. www.overlandstorage.com.

About Keating Technologies
Keating Technologies, headquartered in Markham, 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 $1.3 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 Markham, Vancouver and Montreal. For more information, visit Keating’s web site at www.keating.com.




Mainpine, Inc. to sell products directly to Canadian market

Mainpine, Inc. products will be stocked and available to purchase directly in Canada, ensuring prompt service and lower overall costs

Markham, ON – Mainpine, Inc., the industry leader in fax software and hardware solutions, will begin direct selling in Canada as of May 15, 2012. Canadian sales will be coordinated through Mainpine’s new relationship with Keating Technologies and distributed through SYNNEX Canada.

Mainpine currently distributes through SYNNEX in the US market and, with the direct relationship with Keating Technologies, all Mainpine products will be available through SYNNEX Canada.

SYNNEX Canada Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mainpine’s current distribution partner in the US SYNNEX Corporation (NYSE: SNX), is a leading distributor of IT and consumer electronics products and services. The company has a strong warehouse and distribution network presence throughout Canada, as well as a robust online portal for buyers on the SYNNEX Canada website.

“We have been looking at solutions to make purchasing and shipping easier for our Canadian customers for some time,” says Mainpine, Inc. President Patricia Peterson. “We are very excited to have found a way to make our IQ Express fax boards and IQFSP software easily and quickly available to our Canadian market. We look forward to providing our Canadian customers with the same quality of customer service that our American customers enjoy.”

Keating Technologies is the leading branch outsourcing service to the high technology industry in Canada. Keating has partnered with SYNNEX Canada to offer manufacturers an opportunity to work with and sell through SYNNEX Canada to resellers throughout Canada.

“This partnership is really all about the end-user and enhancing their experience,” explains Alex Nobile VP, Sales and General Manager, from Keating Technologies. “By ordering directly through Keating/SYNNEX, it saves resellers and end-users both money and time, allowing for quicker delivery of the product and reduced shipping costs. This new model should not only benefit the end users and resellers but it should also increase revenue for Mainpine as the entire purchasing and delivery process is streamlined and simplified.”

The newly formed alliance enables faster turn-around on shipping, no back orders, and lower shipping costs. In addition, all four IQ Express board models will be displayed on the SYNNEX Canada web site, stocked in a warehouse centrally located in Canada and available for next day delivery.

About Mainpine
Mainpine, Inc. was established in 1997 and is a global leader in the fax board industry. Mainpine manufactures intelligent fax boards and develops fax server software to compliment its hardware. Mainpine products are available for purchase through hundreds of reseller partners. For more information or to request an interview, please contact Lisa Willett at 1-866-363-6680, ext. 807 or Lisa.Willett@mainpine.com. For more information please visit us online at www.mainpine.com.

About Keating Technologies
Keating Technologies, headquartered in Markham, 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 $1.3 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 Markham, Vancouver and Montreal. For more information, visit Keating’s web site at www.keating.com.

About SYNNEX Canada Limited
SYNNEX Canada Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SYNNEX Corporation (NYSE: SNX), is a leading distributor of technology products to resellers and system builders across Canada. Committed to driving growth and profitability for its resellers and vendor partners, SYNNEX Canada offers great product selection at competitive prices and supports customers with dedicated sales resources, unique financial services, expert technical support, progressive e-business tools and fast and accurate delivery with warehouses in key cities. For more information, visit www.synnex.ca.




Signed TeamBoard

TeamBoard is a leading manufacturer of interactive technology solutions for education, corporate and training environments. The products include TeamBoard interactive whiteboards, projectors, peripherals, installation solutions, touchscreen monitors and installation services.




TeamBoard announces new sales representation

Markham, ON – TeamBoard, a leading manufacturer of interactive technology solutions for education, corporate, and training environments, is excited to announce a new relationship with Keating Technologies, under which Keating will drive TeamBoard’s channel expansion in the Canadian market, serving new and existing TeamBoard resellers nationwide.

“Our Canadian resellers will benefit greatly from Keating’s professional expertise in marketing and selling technology solutions”, noted Lincoln Vaz, Global Sales Manager for TeamBoard. “Keating’s award-winning nationwide presence combined with TeamBoard’s award-winning hardware, software, and service solutions form an attractive combination for our channel partners”.

TeamBoard provides a full range of interactive solutions for presentation and training environments including TeamBoard interactive whiteboards, projectors, peripherals, installation solutions, touchscreen monitors, installation services, professional technical and presentation training and development, and an online sharing and support community. www.teamboard.com In Canada, TeamBoard products and services are available through leading authorized TeamBoard dealers and Tech Data Canada.

About Keating Technologies
Keating Technologies, headquartered in Markham, 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 $1.3 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 Markham, Vancouver and Montreal. For more information, visit Keating’s web site at www.keating.com.




Crystal Clear Sound from Ferguson Hill

British Designer Loudspeaker Specialist Confirms Launch of Elegant FH009 Home Theatre System to Market

Markham, ON – British designer loudspeaker specialist, Ferguson Hill confirms the launch to market of the FH009 Home Theatre System next month. Featuring the company’s classic horn shaped speaker units that Ferguson Hill is renowned for; the system delivers dynamic, powerful, pin-drop clear sound and brings a unique, elegant design to any home cinema set-up. Minimalist, beautiful and unobtrusive, the FH009′s art-deco influenced design oozes glamour and sophistication. Suited to the design aficionado, audiophile or movie buff, the chic exterior is matched by the sound system’s incredible performance. Constructed from high-quality, strong transparent acrylic, the FH009 provides a sensationally stylish look whilst delivering subtle and totally unique sound to a TV system. The stunning speaker units will prove to be as much of a talking point as the movies themselves.

“I’ve been consumed by a passion for music, sound and design since I was very young,’ explains Tim Hill, former aeronautical design engineer and founder of Ferguson Hill. �More and more people are now investing in home cinema and consumers are for a design aesthetic that really stands out. This was the inspiration for the FH009, to produce a fantastic sounding home theatre system that also looked beautiful. I wanted to create very minimal looking speakers that would complement the living space whilst also making a statement. The signature horn shape is a nod to the classic horn speakers of 1930′s cinema which I think lends the FH009 an air of grace and style.”

The system owes its outstanding sound quality to the unique design; the patented di-polar horn speakers (wall mounted or free-standing) eliminate the interference that can come with standard encased or boxed speaker systems. Using horn loaded drivers, the FH009 allows sound to be more easily magnified at the frequency range the human ear is most sensitive to. Because the system focuses on this range – which corresponds to the human voice – it produces a natural, warm sound that has depth, clarity and range.

The FH009′s robust, stylish integrated amplifier (available in white or gloss black) is the only class A-B amplifier that can be found in systems anywhere near its price range. The transconductance-voltage amp is made of more than 4lbs of high quality copper, along with high spec capacitors powering the speaker’s neodymium magnets. The system uses the best and most expensive materials to ensure that there is no compromise on build quality and sound experience. The plug and play amp will work with any device with an audio-out line so works with a TV, DVD/Blue-Ray player, games console, Hi-Fi, MP3 player or wireless base station meaning streaming music from a PC, laptop or tablet device is easy.

The FH009 Home Theatre Speaker System will be available in Canada in March 2012.

About Ferguson Hill
Ferguson Hill is a British designer loudspeaker specialist. Founded in 2003 by former aeronautical engineer Tim Hill, the company arrived on the hi-fi and audio scene with the design, manufacture and launch of the groundbreaking FH001, the world’s first ever front loaded horn dipole loudspeaker. The independent UK company is recognized for its high end horn loaded loudspeakers and hi-fi components. Ferguson Hill now distributes to over 30 countries worldwide.

About Keating Technologies
Keating Technologies, headquartered in Markham, 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 $1.3 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 Markham, Vancouver and Montreal. For more information, visit Keating’s web site at www.keating.com.