Sling Media has announced their two new streaming TV and media boxes early this morning for connected home users, the Slingbox M1 and the SlingTV. Actually, one of them is all new while the other just got a rebranding, but it will still get some new software inside.
The budget priced Slingbox M1 is the new product, replacing the older Slingbox 350. The M1 has a smaller case than the 350 and includes an integrated Wi-Fi connection for the first time. It can be set up with the company's iOS, Android, PC and Mac apps but, for some reason, it uses component and composite ports to connect to televisions; yep, that means no HDMI port. However, the Slingbox M1 is priced at $149.99, which is $30 cheaper than the 350. It will go on sale July 20th.
The SlingTV is a rebrand of the older Slingbox 500 in that it has the same price ($299.99) and hardware inside its case. However, its user interface is getting a redesign which should make using the SlingTV easier. It will go on sale in August. The good news? People who already own the Slingbox 500 will get a software upgrade that same month so they can check out the new UI as well.
What do you think of this refresh of the Slingbox lineup?
Source: Sling Media