Sling-DISH: Interview: Blake Krikorian, Chairman and CEO, Sling Media

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I caught up with Blake Krikorian, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Sling Media, soon after the company’s announcement Monday evening that it had agreed to be acquired by EchoStar Communications (NSDQ: DISH). In the interview with paidContent.org, Krikorian, who founded Sling Media with his brother Jason in 2004, stressed plans by both companies for Sling to continue on its present course: “We expect very little change to our business except that we have even deeper pockets, and access to other core technologies.” Some more excerpts in extended entry…

Operator agnostic: Despite the deeper connection with EchoStar, an investor since early 2006, Krikorian insists the company will remain “operator agnostic,” adding “hopefully, we can target DISH customers as well. … The opportunity, the one that we

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Stephen Klein

Clearly this poster had it wrong. Sling (with the K brothers at the helm) continued to innovate…the recent iPhone product is a killer.

And now freed from the bureaucracy of a large company the guys are free to innovate anew. I for one can't wait to see what they'll cook up.

A devoted Sling lover, who's champing at the bit for the iPod/iPhone app.

John Zeisler

Don't believe the "agnostic" baloney. Echostar's DISH service charges a $39.95 "port opening fee" (a what…??) to add an external hard drive to their DVR , and then formats the drive to their proprietary specs. This is not the beginning, it's the end of Slingbox as we know it.

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