Sling TV Offers Paid Access to Cloud DVR Beta

Subs can pay $5/month for 50 hours of storage as part of Sling TV’s ‘First Look’ program
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Sling TV said it has broadened access to its Cloud DVR to Amazon Fire TV boxes, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire tablets through the OTT TV provider’s new “First Look” early access program.

Sling TV said subs who are interested in taking part will pay $5 per month for 50 hours of storage.

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Customers in the First Look program get access to the Cloud DVR beta and its future updates, as well as other enhancements that will allow them to record more channels, protect their recordings and group recordings into folder.  Early on, some channels offered by Sling TV, including ABC, Disney and ESPN networks, will not support the cloud DVR, though the OTT TV provider has said previously that it is working toward enabling that feature for all its programming.

Sling TV noted that current Cloud DVR beta testers won’t be charged and will continue to have access to 100 hours of DVR storage during the beta period.

Sling TV has already extended access of its beta-phase Cloud DVR product to Android mobile devices, Android TV-powered devices and Roku players and integrated Roku TVs. Sling TV said it will expand the Cloud DVR to additional platforms in the coming months, starting with Apple TV boxes.

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Under Sling TV’s approach, shows and movies recorded to the Cloud DVR don’t automatically expire after a certain amount of time, but customers do have access to a fixed amount of storage. By comparison, PlayStation Vue's cloud DVR provides unlimited storage, but customers must view recordings within 28 days after shows are first recorded. 

Sling TV launched its Cloud DVR beta test, first for Roku devices, late last year.

“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, said in a statement. “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.”