VIXS Chips In For MVPD-Focused Slingbox

Sling Media revealed last week that a chipset from ViXS Systems is helping to power the MS4000 Media Streamer, a stand-alone Slingbox tailored for cable operators and other types of multichannel video programming distributors.

Sling said the network transcoder used in the device uses the ViXS XCode 5190 chipset, which can handle full 1080p video delivery and up to four independent video feeds, live or recorded, to mobile devices.

Arris, off its exclusive distribution and technology licensing deal with Sling Media announced last fall, has secured at least two operator deals for the MS4000 Media Streamer -- Service Electric Cable TV and Comporium.

Sling Media noted that the network transcoder used in its MVPD-tailored Slingbox uses the same baseline technology as its retail products, including the recently introduced Slingbox M1 (a new entry-level model) and rebranded and refreshed SlingTV model.

“Deploying Sling technology is one of the best ways for operators to extend the entire living room TV experience anywhere and our retail Slingbox products have long been a leader in this space. We are pleased to again be working with our long-time partner, ViXS, to deliver this solution to MSOs and MVPDs who are looking to add more value to their current customer offerings,” Michael Hawkey, Sling Media’s SVP and GM, said in a statement. “The Sling Media network transcoder provides a seamless way to integrate Sling technology for new and existing customers, further enhancing cable & telco TV offerings by extending the entertainment experience beyond the living room TV.”