Sling expanding to Roku and Windows 8.1 devices

EchoStar's Sling Media subsidiary said it launched a channel on Roku's over-the-top video platform that allows pay TV subscribers to watch live programming and DVR content, and that it will introduce an app for Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Windows 8.1 devices in December.

Sling also introduced a new version of its software, SlingPlayer 3.0, which the company said is designed to be used by viewers who are watching content on TV and mobile devices at the same time. "SlingPlayer 3.0 turns the iPad into the first screen and second screen at the same time," the company said in Monday's announcement.

EchoStar has marketed its Sling place-shifting set-tops and mobile video apps directly to consumers, and last month it struck a deal with Arris (Nasdaq: ARRS) which makes the set-top vendor the exclusive distributor of Sling devices to pay TV distributors.

Sling's mobile video apps are currently available on Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) iOS and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android devices. Sling said its Windows 8.1 app will allow users to access content from Sling devices on the Microsoft Surface tablets, in addition to PCs and laptops.

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