Sling TV, Dish Network’s streaming television service, has launched its latest cloud DVR feature for more customers through its “First Look” early access program. First announced back in the month of November, the DVR feature solely existed as private beta for Roku users until now. It is expected that the feature would be available to all Sling TV subscribers soon.
The cloud DVR feature functions like a standard DVR and the recordings are stored in the cloud instead of a hardware device. Furthermore, Sling’s cloud DVR lets the user record several programs at the same time. This, however, is unavailable for all the channels because of the rights negotiations that exist between Dish and other broadcasters.
However, Sling is not offering unlimited storage or any other storage options to the customers. Besides that, “First Look” customers need to pay an extra charge of $5 per month for storing up to 50 hours of recordings. When the intended storage space runs out, the initially watched recordings are selectively removed first to save space for the newer ones. Moreover, users have to join the “First Look” program in accessing many DVR features.
The “First Look” program offers Sling TV customers using Amazon devices the means to test the cloud DVR feature alongside the Roku beta testers. In addition, to accessibility into the cloud DVR, the users joining the “First Look” program will get access to features such as setting the recordings on the go, protecting the recordings, and grouping the recorded content into different folders.
“Many customers have requested Cloud DVR since our launch, and as more consumers cut the cord, we know Cloud DVR is a must-have feature for many consumers,” Ben Weinberger, Chief Product Officer of Sling TV stated. “We also know some customers prefer to watch our 30,000 on-demand titles, and we don’t want to make them pay for a feature they won’t use. While other OTT providers force everyone to take Cloud DVR at a higher price, Sling TV continues to give our customers choice and control over their entertainment experience.”
Meanwhile, this new move by Sling comes ahead of the increasing competition in the streaming television market, as many newer services like AT&T’s DirecTV Now and YouTube TV have stirred up an increasing competition in the arena.