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NHL inks content deal with Sling Media

Sling Media Inc., makers of the Slingbox set-top device that lets people view television programs over the internet or on smartphones, is to offer NHL content to its users.

Sling Media Inc., makers of the Slingbox set-top device that lets people view television programs over the internet or on smartphones, is to offer NHL content to its users.

The technology company based in Foster City, Calif., said on Wednesday it had entered an agreement with the National Hockey League to let Slingbox users record and share segments of NHL video with friends, family and others.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The company's flagship product, the Slingbox, connects to people's home audio and video devices and broadcasts their signals over the internet to computers, handheld devices or cellphones, lettingusers watchcontent from homeanywhere in the world.

The new feature, dubbed Clip+Sling, would allow Slingbox users to record video segments with a few mouse-clicks and share them with anyone by posting them to an upcoming community website to be launched by Sling Media. The NHL clips will be searchable and categorized by NHL division and club. The NHL will also supply its own content to the video-sharing site.

The Clip+Sling feature, to be added to the SlingPlayer software, is currently being tested privately but the company is accepting applications from Slingbox owners in the United States and Canada who want to be part of an expanded test or beta trial.

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