Microsoft recruits Sling Media founder Blake Krikorian

Industry vet could help develop new versions of Xbox
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Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) said Thursday that it recruited Sling Media founder Blake Krikorian, naming him corporate VP for its Interactive Entertainment Business.

Blake Krikorian

Krikorian (Image source: Sling Media)

The move comes one week after Microsoft announced it had acquired R2 Studios, a company focused on developing home automation technology, from Krikorian. Charlie Ergen's EchoStar acquired Sling Media in 2007, and corporate sibling Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH) markets the company's place-shifting technology to its satellite TV subscribers.

Krikorian is an executive with experience that could help Microsoft build new versions of its Xbox consoles that incorporate features found in advanced digital cable and satellite set-tops. He may also be able to help Microsoft sell set-top software to multichannel providers.

Krikorian is a "proven innovator and well-respected leader in both the media and technology industries," Marc Whitten, chief product officer for IEB, said in Thursday's announcement. "We look forward to his contribution to our team as Xbox continues to evolve and transform the games and entertainment landscape," he added.

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