Sling Media just revealed the SlingCatcher at CES2007. This device takes the feed from a SlingBox and allows it to be played on a standard TV (via S-Video, Component or HDMI). The unit includes a built in hard drive and is due to be released in mid 2007 at around $200.
It’s a logical move. Slingbox was all about sending TV content out across the internet to remote users. Since Slingbox requires a local network connection to the home’s broadband modem, it’s already possible to pick up the transmission on a laptop or PC elsewhere in the home, and now you’ll be able to watch it on a TV set too… That’s made possible with SlingCatcher’s integrated SlingPlayer application. It also runs what Sling calls SlingProjector: a way to show internet content on the TV. Which services it will hook up to have yet to be announced, but it’s likely to be all the usual suspects. Netgear, for instance, said this week it was partnering with YouTube and BitTorrent, and it’s hard to imagine Sling isn’t talking to them too, along with Google, Yahoo! and co.”