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Sling TV to add new Cloud DVR functionalty

Sling TV is adding a new feature that users are sure to enjoy. Starting today, Sling TV customers may request an invitation to participate in its cloud DVR beta program.

The program will first be available to eligible Sling TV customers using Roku streaming players and Roku TVs, the cloud DVR beta program will begin in December, with support for additional devices to follow in the coming months. the announcement couldn’t come at a better time, since retailers like Amazon are cutting prices on popular Roku sticks and sets. You can find those deals on the official Roku promotional page on Amazon at amazon.com/roku.

“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,” said Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV. “Two years ago we became the first live OTT provider, and we continue to innovate and bring the best experience to our customers.”

Eventually the Cloud DVR will be available across all Roku devices, to beta customers who subscribe to the single-stream service, Sling Orange, and/or the multi-stream service, Sling Blue. The new feature will allow users to record movies, episodes or full series, with the ability to pause, rewind or fast-forward recorded content. We should note that “DVR functionality not available on all channels” was added in the fine-print of the announcement.

On the upside, users will be able to record multiple programs simultaneously, without the “recording conflicts” that previous DVR set-top boxes had. The DVR content is integrated directly into Sling TV’s “My TV” screen for immediate access to recordings.

Sling TV will automatically manage DVR space to make room for new recordings by deleting the oldest ‘watched’ recording when capacity is full, so you can spend more time watching your favorite shows, and less time managing your DVR. The company also stated that the service, “will continue to evolve the cloud DVR throughout the beta time period based on customer feedback and usage behavior,” so new features could be added at any time. DVR features planned for future development include the ability to upgrade storage space and protect recordings.

Sling TV subscribers using Roku devices may request an invitation to participate in the cloud DVR beta program by submitting their current Sling TV credentials to sling.com/dvr. Submission of email address does not guarantee admittance into the beta program, but you can try your luck and be one of the first to test it out. Selected subscribers will receive a confirmation at their subscriber email address with additional steps required to activate the cloud DVR functionality.

Participants in the beta program will test the new cloud DVR functionality and are encouraged to provide feedback to the Sling TV product team by emailing DVR@Sling.com. Beta users must agree to usage terms and conditions to participate in the cloud DVR beta program.