updated 10:20 pm EDT, Wed April 9, 2008
Sling's long-awaited Sling Catcher is suffering from a delay that will most likely push its release to late 2008. The delay was discovered by Engadget reader "Christopher", who was a prospective customer of Sling's, noting that the vice president of sales Gregg Wilkes sent him an email informing him that the device was not up to the company's high standards. Wilkes also cited that the company's recent acquisition by EchoStar has caused for some complications.
When approached for comment, Sling made no mention of the email's authenticity, but confirmed that the delay was chiefly due to quality assurance concerns.
"It is not our intention to frustrate our customer base but to provide the most compelling and enjoyable user experience and value proposition possible," wrote Wilkes. "Will the catcher ship in Q2? No. We are upgrading the user experience and making enhancements to the feature set. These may or may not all ship at the same time. Will the Catcher ship in '08? All indications point to this happening in 2008."