Sling TV Testing Cloud DVR Feature

Posted by at 8:22 am on November 28, 2016


Dish’s competing Sling TV service is finally getting one feature its rival has had since launch: a cloud DVR. And unlike PS Vue, you won’t have a 28-day limit on your Sling TV recordings.

Don’t get too excited, though. The feature isn’t yet available. Sling TV on Monday just announced details of the upcoming feature, and opened sign-ups for those looking to try it out in beta. The invitation-only beta program will begin in December for Roku users, with support for additional devices to follow in the coming months.

In a statement, Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch took a veiled shot at PS Vue, noting that “unlike other OTT services, we’re delivering a true cloud DVR with no 28-day restriction on your recordings, marking another win for Sling TV and our customers.”

The feature will let you record movies, episodes, or full series, though Sling TV warned that DVR functionality will not be available on all channels. You’ll be able to record multiple programs simultaneously; and access your DVR content from the “My TV” screen; then pause, rewind, or fast-forward recorded content.

Sling TV will automatically manage DVR space by deleting the oldest “watched” videos when capacity is full. In the future, Sling TV plans to let you upgrade your DVR storage space.

“Sling TV will continue to evolve the cloud DVR throughout the beta time period based on customer feedback and usage behavior,” the company wrote in its announcement.

Interested individuals can request an invitation to participate in the beta program here.

While Sling TV doesn’t currently offer any sort of DVR service, certain networks feature 3-Day Replay, which lets you access much of the programming that has aired in the past three days.

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