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The World Economic Forum announces Technology Pioneers 2007: Sling Media, Inc. selected

Toronto, ON – The World Economic Forum has announced 47 Technology Pioneers for 2007. Sling Media, Inc. has been selected as one of these Technology Pioneers. The Technology Pioneers were nominated by the world’s leading venture capital and technology companies. The final selection from 225 nominees was made by a panel of leading technology experts appointed by the World Economic Forum. Technology Pioneers 2007 are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum to be held in Davos, Switzerland from January 24-28, 2007.

Sling Media is a digital lifestyle products company whose award-winning product, the Slingbox™ allows consumers to access their familiar living room television experience at any time, from any location, using a variety of different displays including laptops and desktop PCs and Macs, PDAs, and smartphones. The Slingbox redirects, or “placeshifts,” a single live TV stream from a standard cable connection, cable box, satellite receiver, or DVR to the viewer’s PC – located anywhere in the home or anywhere in the world, via the Internet.

“On behalf of Sling Media and all of our employees worldwide, I would like to personally thank the World Economic Forum for this distinction bestowed upon our company today,” said Blake Krikorian, co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Sling Media. “The Slingbox is a breakthrough product that is changing the way consumers view linear television and other video programming. Sling Media is at the forefront of this shift in interactive media delivery, creating new and innovative products and services that deliver a rich customer experience. We look forward to participating in the World Economic Forum in 2007″.

Technology Pioneers are companies that have been identified as developing and applying highly transformational and innovative technologies in the areas of energy, biotechnology, health and information technology. This year’s class of companies has been selected not only because of the cutting-edge work undertaken by these organizations, but also because their work has potential long-term impact on business and society.

The companies’ products include microscopic pill cameras, bio sensors that localize landmines, implantable medical devices for the treatment of brain tumours, mobile television service, blog search engines, open source webrowsers, video headsets, thin-film diamond coatings, solar air-conditioner equipment, paper batteries for music-playing greeting cards, and even an automatic and compacting trash bin powered by solar energy.

Over half (27) of the Technology Pioneers 2007 are US-based companies, with 13 located in California. The United Kingdom boasts six Technology Pioneers 2007; the Netherlands, India, Israel and Singapore boast two each; Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Sweden, and Switzerland have one each.

“The competition to become a Technology Pioneer has been more intense than ever. It is evident that technology and innovation are playing a key role in the shifting power equation at a global level. Driving this shift is the tremendous amount of innovation taking place outside of traditionally hubs. The wide geographic spread of this year’s Technology Pioneers is a testament to this trend. We are pleased to welcome these exciting companies to our Community of Technology Pioneers, and look forward to engaging these industry leaders of the future into the community of the World Economic Forum,” said Peter Torreele, Managing Director of the World Economic Forum.

To be selected as a Technology Pioneer, a company must be involved in the development of life-changing technology innovation and have the potential for long-term impact on business and society. In addition, it must demonstrate visionary leadership, show all the signs of being a long-standing market leader and its technology must be proven. Previous Technology Pioneers have included Autonomy, Cambridge Silicon Radio, Encore Software, Google, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, and Napster.

Go to www.weforum.org/techpioneers/2007 for the entire list of Technology Pioneers and interviews with the CEOs of the selected companies.

The selection criteria include:

1) Innovation. The company’s technology must be truly innovative. A new version or repackaging of an already well-accepted technological solution does not qualify as an innovation. The innovation should be recent – not more than two years old. The company should invest significantly in R&D.

2) Potential Impact. This company’s technology must have the potential to have a substantial long-term impact on business and society in the future.

3) Growth and Sustainability. The company should have all the signs of being a long-term market leader and should have well-formulated plans for future development and growth.

4) Proof of Concept. The company must have a product on the market or have proven practical applications of the technology. Companies in “stealth” mode and companies with untested ideas or models will not qualify.

5) Leadership. The company must have visionary leadership that plays a critical role in driving the company towards reaching its goals.

6) Status. The company must not currently be a member of the World Economic Forum. This criterion applies to the parent company – thus wholly owned subsidiaries of large firms are not eligible.

Sling Media continues to evolve as a company, reacting to the ever-changing landscape that is content creation, delivery, and interactivity. Part of this transformation took place just last week when the company announced the creation of the Sling Media Entertainment Group. This new division within Sling Media was formed to define and create even richer and more engaging experiences for Slingbox customers as well as their family and friends. Headed by former MTV Networks executives, Jason Hirschhorn and Ben White, this team will deliver entirely new applications and services enabled by the Slingbox’s marriage of familiar TV programming and richly interactive web-connected devices. The Sling Media Entertainment Group is also chartered with managing Sling Media’s existing and future collaborative efforts with content creators, distributors and advertisers.

About the World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum (www.weforum.org), based in Geneva, Switzerland, is an independent organization committed to improving the state of the world. Funded by the contributions of 1,000 of the world’s foremost corporations, the Forum acts in the spirit of entrepreneurship in the global public interest to further economic growth and social progress. The Forum serves its members and society by creating partnerships between and among business, political, intellectual and other leaders of society to define, discuss and advance key issues on the global agenda. Incorporated in 1971 as a foundation, the World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit, and is tied to no political, partisan or national interests. In 1995 the Forum was awarded NGO consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Notes to Editors:

Go to www.weforum.org/techpioneers/2007 for the entire list of Technology Pioneers and interviews with the CEOs of the selected companies. For more specific information, please e-mail: tech.pioneers@weforum.org
Download print-quality high-resolution photographs of the CEOs of the selected companies at: www.pbase.com/forumweb/techpioneers2007
Nominate a company to be a Technology Pioneer 2008 at: www.weforum.org/pdf/techpioneers/nomination_form_2008.pdf. Deadline for submissions is May 2007.

About Sling Media
Sling Media, Inc. is a digital lifestyle products company creating a family of consumer electronics solutions that are a natural extension of today’s digital way of life. The first member of the Sling Media family is the award-winning Slingbox™, a device that allows consumers to access their living room television experience at any time, from any location, using a variety of different displays including laptops and desktop PCs, PDAs and smartphones. The Slingbox is now available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Brazil through traditional retail channels and local service providers. For more information on Sling Media or the Slingbox, visit www.slingmedia.com.




Sling Media adds two digital entertainment leaders to head up newly formed Sling Media Entertainment Group

Jason Hirschhorn named President and Benjamin White named Chief Creative Officer

Toronto, ON – Sling Media, Inc., a digital lifestyle products company, today announced the hiring of two key executives, Jason Hirschhorn and Benjamin White, who will head the newly created Sling Media Entertainment Group. The Sling Media Entertainment Group will be based in New York City and will be responsible for creating next-generation entertainment experiences for the Slingbox community and beyond.

The Sling Media Entertainment Group was formed to define and create even richer and more engaging experiences for Slingbox customers as well as their family and friends. This team will deliver entirely new applications and services enabled by the Slingbox’s marriage of familiar TV programming and richly interactive web-connected devices. The Sling Media Entertainment Group is also chartered with managing Sling Media’s existing and future collaborative efforts with content creators, distributors and advertisers.

“Jason and Ben bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and relationships with them and are true thought leaders in the digital entertainment space. I am thrilled they have joined Sling Media and excited about the direction our company is taking as we leverage the great enthusiasm for the Slingbox and create new wickedly cool experiences for consumers,” said Blake Krikorian, co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Sling Media. “Jason and Ben were some of the key leaders behind MTV’s expansion into the online world and the combination of their experience and forward thinking adds a powerful new dimension to Sling Media”.

About Jason Hirschhorn and Ben White
Prior to joining Sling Media, Jason Hirschhorn was a Founding Partner at TripleH Media Advisors, a digital media consultancy. Before TripleH, Jason was Chief Digital Officer at MTV Networks. At MTV Networks, Jason was responsible for the company’s digital media businesses and interactive strategy. Hirschhorn joined MTV Networks in March 2000 via the acquisition of his company, Mischief New Media, a leading web site design and content development firm he founded to serve the entertainment industry.

Prior to Sling Media, Ben White was Vice President of Digital Media for MTV Networks and was responsible for managing the full scope of the MTV Networks brand’s digital business including programming, production and product development. Most recently, he oversaw the launch of MTV Overdrive, MTV’s new broadband video network. White joined MTV Networks with an extensive background ranging from new media, to publishing, to film and music.

About Sling Media
Sling Media, Inc. is a digital lifestyle products company creating a family of consumer electronics solutions that are a natural extension of today’s digital way of life. The first member of the Sling Media family is the award-winning Slingbox™, a device that allows consumers to access their living room television experience at any time, from any location, using a variety of different displays including laptops and desktop PCs, PDAs and smartphones. The Slingbox is now available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Brazil through traditional retail channels and local service providers. For more information on Sling Media or the Slingbox, visit www.slingmedia.com.




Sling Media releases SlingPlayer for Mac OS X via public beta

Toronto, ON – Sling Media today announced the immediate availability of the SlingPlayer for Mac OS X, a software download for Slingbox customers who wish to view their home TV natively on an Apple Macintosh computer.

U.S. and Canadian customers who have either just purchased a Slingbox to use with their Macintosh computer or prospective customers who have been waiting for Macintosh compatibility before purchasing, can take full advantage of this public beta, now via download free of charge, from the following two URLs:

US: http://us.slingmedia.com/page/downloads.html
Canada: http://ca.slingmedia.com/page/downloads.html

With SlingPlayer for Mac OS X, customers now have the ability to watch and control their home TV from any Mac laptop or desktop located just about anywhere in the world. SlingPlayer for Mac OS X includes Sling Media’s photo-realistic remote controls as well as the ability to program favorite channels, change viewing modes and of course using SlingStream to optimize the broadband connection on both ends to deliver the best possible video stream.

With any public beta there are some limitations and inevitably some questions. We have tried to answer many of these below, but if you have additional questions or comments, please feel free to contact us.

Q: What countries are supported with this software release?
A: Currently, we are making the software available to solely U.S. and Canadian customers. Support for other regions to follow in the near future.

Q: Is Sling Media looking for feedback from Mac users? If so, how can we provide feedback?
A: Absolutely. We have a feedback form on Sling Community,http://www.slingcommunity.com/forum/topic/35, and we also invite feedback via email,macfeedback@slingmedia.com.

Q: Is SlingPlayer for Mac OS X compatible with all versions of Mac OS, as well as both Power PC and Intel-based Mac laptops and desktops?
A: The initial public beta of the SlingPlayer for Mac OS X is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and is a Universal Binary application (meaning it runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macintosh computers). We plan on adding support for Mac OS X 10.3 as soon as possible.

Q: Why hasn’t Sling Media included support for Mac OS X 10.3?
A: We wanted to deliver to our Mac users as soon as possible. To make the software available for the majority of our Mac OS X customers we have concentrated on making Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger support the priority of this initial public beta release. We plan on adding Mac OS 10.3 support very shortly.

Q: I have an Airport Express as my wireless access point at home. Will I be able to connect my Slingbox?
A: Unfortunately, the Airport Express home router is just a wireless router without any local area network Ethernet ports. Apple discusses the limitation of the Airport Express in the Airport Express FAQ knowledge base article linked below.

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=108038#4

The best way to work around the situation is to upgrade your router to one that has multiple built in local area network Ethernet ports like an Apple Airport Extreme or other wired or wireless routers offered by Linksys, Belkin, Netgear, etc. Alternatively, you can connect your Slingbox to your home network using a wireless bridge.

Q: The SlingPlayer for Mac OS X skin has a very “Windows-like” appearance. Can users customize the skin similar to the PC version or will Sling Media offer a more Mac-friendly skin for download?
A: At this time SlingPlayer for Mac OS X does not offer customers the ability to create customizable skins. However, we will be incorporating a more Mac-friendly skin for customers to use in a future public beta release.

Sling Media is eager to hear your feedback on this new software client, so if you are interested in giving it a test drive, please feel free to download the client and test it out with your Slingbox. If you don’t have a Slingbox, we’d be happy to send you one so you can test it out.

About Sling Media
Sling Media, Inc. is a digital lifestyle products company creating a family of consumer electronics solutions that are a natural extension of today’s digital way of life. The first member of the Sling Media family is the award-winning Slingbox™, a device that allows consumers to access their living room television experience at any time, from any location, using a variety of different displays including laptops and desktop PCs, PDAs and smartphones. The Slingbox is now available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Brazil through traditional retail channels and local service providers. 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 2000, 2001 and 2002 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 enterprise businesses and consumers. Keating provides Total Market Management® services including sales, marketing, merchandising and customer support through its offices in Vancouver, Markham and Montreal. Since its inception in 1987, Keating has represented and continues to represent leading edge technology organizations requiring high-performance, cost-effective market capture within the Canadian marketplace. For additional information go to: www.keating.com.




Sling Media’s next generation Slingbox family

Company introduces three new Slingbox models that increase streaming performance by up to 400% over the original Slingbox, including a model with optional HD component video input for consumers who have invested in high definition television.

Toronto, ON – Sling Media, Inc., a digital lifestyle consumer electronics company, today announced the nationwide availability of three new Slingbox™ models that significantly increase performance, provide the customer with choice depending on their home TV setup and start at as low as $219.99. The new Slingbox family is designed to meet the varied requirements of today’s TV households whether that’s basic analog cable, standard definition cable or satellite or next generation high definition television. The Slingbox PRO, Slingbox AV, and Slingbox TUNER transform PCs, laptops and Windows-based mobile phones and handheld computers into personal portable TVs. Slingbox owners can now watch and control their home cable, satellite or digital video recorder anywhere they can access the Internet, from their back yard to Beijing and everywhere in between. All three products are available to Canadian customers starting today. More information can be found at www.slingmedia.com/ca.

Sling Media has enhanced performance, increased the feature set and segmented the new Slingbox models for specific customer needs, adding new hardware and software features specific to each market segment. With an entry price of $219.99, Sling Media is giving customers more power, functionality and choice for their money. The Slingbox AV and Slingbox TUNER will carry an MSRP of $219.99 and the Slingbox PRO will retail for $299.99 MSRP. Sling Media will also make an optional HD component accessory called HD Connect available for the Slingbox PRO later this fall, which will carry an MSRP of $59.99.

“Just over a year ago, Sling Media delivered to consumers a ground breaking product that has now been incorporated into their daily lives,” said Blake Krikorian, co-founder and CEO of Sling Media. “With our new products, we are setting an even higher standard by incorporating industry-leading video quality and streamlined setup all at price points we feel will make the Slingbox an ideal holiday gift. Our mission has and will remain the same – to create the best possible consumer experience with innovative products that our customers simply love”.

Which Slingbox is Right for Me?
With the three new Slingbox models, Sling Media has created a product that fits the needs of every consumer, no matter how basic or sophisticated their home TV setup.

Slingbox Pro
The Slingbox PRO is designed for the consumer who has multiple A/V devices or has made an investment in high definition TV. The Slingbox PRO features four sets of audio-video inputs and outputs including the optional HD component connection for HD set-top box customers making for seamless integration into current A/V systems. Other new features include widescreen (16:9) support, high quality programmable video compression, easy connection to set-top boxes (e.g. digital cable, satellite, DVR) and remote control of A/V devices.

The optional cable for HD component set-top boxes is called the Slingbox HD Connect and it includes all the necessary cables to connect HD component video and audio to the Slingbox PRO. This accessory will be available later this fall. Customers who wish to seamlessly connect their HD receiver to the Slingbox PRO using the component connection will need to purchase this accessory.

Slingbox AV
The Slingbox AV gives consumers who watch TV using a standard definition cable set-top box, satellite receiver or DVR, the ability to connect their Slingbox AV seamlessly to their set-top box. Slingbox AV features the ability to watch and control TV from any Internet connected PC/Mac/laptop or Windows-based mobile device, widescreen (16:9) support and high quality programmable video compression.

Slingbox Tuner
The Slingbox TUNER is ideal for customers with cable who want to easily view their line-up of television channels and do not require access to a set-top box, satellite receiver, DVR or other AV device. The Slingbox TUNER easily connects adjacent to a cable modem or basic coaxial connection even without a TV present. This allows the Slingbox TUNER customer to view their cable channels without impacting another family member watching TV anywhere else in the home.

New Level of Customer Care
With this product launch, Sling Media is introducing a new customer support capability aimed at providing first-time customers with easy installation. Technology embedded in Sling Media’s setup wizard allows “live” chats between customers and Sling Media technical support representatives when the customer is going through the installation process. In addition to this “live” chat support, a Sling Media technical support representative can remotely control a customer’s PC (with the customer’s explicit permission) to assist in real time with the installation.

“Our focus on simple installation – including the ability to have live interaction with a technical support representative or allowing the technical support representative to remotely control a customer’s PC to make any necessary adjustments – raises the bar, setting a new standard in the industry that is unmatched today,” continued Krikorian. “Sling Media has taken a huge step forward with this product launch demonstrating our commitment to customer support as we continue to make “place-shifting” a household word”.

Nationwide Availability
The complete Slingbox family is available in over 3,000 stores nationwide through our retail channel partners which include: Amazon.com, Best Buy, Buy.com, Circuit City, CompUSA, Fry’s, J&R Computer World and at SlingMedia.com. Sling Media would like to welcome its newest retail partner, Office Depot, who will begin carrying Slingbox TUNER and Slingbox AV products in October. All three products are available for sale beginning today but retail stock and availability will vary from retailer to retailer. We suggest checking with your favorite retailer prior to visiting or check online. Local store inventory levels may also be checked online at us.slingmedia.com/page/wheretobuy.html.

Canada and the Rest of the World Sling Media is also making its SlingPlayer™ Mobile software available to Canadian customers through its web site starting today. Customers can now download and purchase a registration key from www.slingmedia.com for $34.99 CAD. The new Slingbox products announced today are expected to be available in Sling Media’s Canadian retail channels, including Best Buy, FutureShop, London Drugs and others within the next 60 days. Global availability details will be announced in Q1, 2007.

About Sling Media
Sling Media, Inc. is a digital lifestyle products company creating a family of consumer electronics solutions that are a natural extension of today’s digital way of life. The first member of the Sling Media family is the award-winning Slingbox™, a device that allows consumers to access their living room television experience at any time, from any location, using a variety of different displays including laptops and desktop PCs, PDAs and smartphones. The Slingbox is now available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Brazil through traditional retail channels and local service providers. For more information on Sling Media or the Slingbox, visit www.slingmedia.com.




Keating Technologies announces new addition to executive management team

Keating Names Frank Dion, Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Toronto, ON - Keating Technologies Inc., Canada’s leading branch-outsourcing service to the high-technology industry, has appointed Frank Dion, vice president, sales and marketing.

“Frank brings a remarkable collection of skill and experience to this position,” said Larry Keating, president and chief executive officer, Keating Technologies Inc. “His knowledge of sales, marketing and management combined with his proven track record in business development makes him the ideal candidate to enhance our sales strategy and assist in furthering our award-winning business practices”.

No stranger to the technology industry, Dion will continue to develop Keating’s sales strategy as the demand for total technology solutions becomes increasingly important. As a member of the company’s executive management team, Dion will enhance the sales and client marketing structure in order to gain additional market penetration, develop deeper account relationships, identify new business opportunities, and improve Keating’s day-to-day management practices.

With over 20 years of senior management experience working for such companies as ACENetx Inc., Toshiba and Computerland Canada, Dion provided expert advice and direction with respect to business strategy. Most recently, Dion was president and CEO at North Aurora Technology, a business development consulting practice, where he successfully developed product and sales strategies for several businesses in the Greater Toronto Area.

“Since first learning about Keating in 1988, I have seen how their Total Market Management strategy has delivered excellent value to technology companies,” said Dion. “I’m looking forward to working with the strong Keating team and to build and manage some of the world’s leading technology company’s presence in Canada”.

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