Sling TV Expanding Cloud DVR Trial to More OTT PlatformsOn deck: Amazon Fire TV and Android TV devices, Android mobile, and Apple TV 2/09/2017 3:07 PM Eastern
Sling TV, Dish Network’s OTT TV service, will “soon” expand access of its cloud DVR beta trial to Amazon Fire TV boxes and sticks, Android TV devise, and Android smartphones and tablets, and follow with support for Apple TV boxes.
Sling TV, which announced those plans in concert with the two-year anniversary of its national service launch, kicked off its cloud DVR beta trial in December 2016 on the Roku platform.
Sling TV’s cloud DVR service will reach the rest of the OTT service’s device ecosystem “within a few months,” Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch said in a presentation/Q&A that was live-streamed Thursday on Periscope, noting that another block of users were added to the cloud DVR trial for Roku this week.
Other current supported Sling TV devices include the Xbox One, Chromecast streaming adapter, Web browsers, Channel Master DVR+ platform, and the recently introduced AirTV player from Dish. Sling TV also has an agreement to integrate its service, including its internationally-focused subscription programming, on Comcast’s X1 platform.
Also tied to Sling TV’s two-year anniversary, the company will offer a free preview of its $20 per month Sling Orange package this weekend (from Saturday, Feb. 11 at 9 a.m. ET to Monday, Feb. 13 at 3 a.m. ET)) that is timed up to occur amid the mid-season premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead on Sunday.
Sling TV also plans to offer all Sling TV subs free previews of HBO and Starz later this month, with more specifics to be announced, Lynch noted in this blog post.
During the Q&A portion of the Periscope stream, Lynch said there are no plans to offer a multi-stream version of Sling Orange, as content restrictions with some programmers in that package only allow for single-stream rights. Sling TV's $25 per month Blue package offers multi-stream rights.