Paddy Rao

Paddy Rao is Senior Vice President of Product Development for Sling Media, a DISH subsidiary that provides multiscreen smart TV solutions for consumers and television operators. He leads Sling Media’s Product and Engineering groups within the DISH Technologies organization and is responsible for the company’s overall product strategy and roadmap, as well as product delivery.


Paddy has been instrumental in the introduction of new Sling Media devices including SlingStudio, the industry’s first portable, wireless, multi-camera video production and broadcast platform.


Previously, Paddy served as vice president of set-top box engineering for Thomson, where he serviced pay-TV operators across four continents. Before that, he was the CEO of a Silicon Valley startup funded by Grundig and Intel Capital. Paddy started his career as a staff scientist at Compression Labs, a pioneer in video compression.


Paddy holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from RPI and a Bachelor of Technology from IIT Delhi. He has also been granted over 45 patents in the fields of video compression, networking, wireless location technologies and mobile multimedia.