Sling TV, DISH Network’s over-the-top (OTT) live streaming TV service revealed Monday that it has launched a beta program for users who receive its service via Roku devices to record up to 100 hours at a time of favorite programs in the cloud.
Sling TV is calling its feature-enhancement the only OTT cloud DVR with no 28-day restriction on recordings.
The beta launch, will offer up to 100 hours cloud DVR storage at no charge, and will be followed by a phased roll out to users with additional device platforms over the next few months, the company said.
Read more on Sling TV’s beta rollout of a cloud DVR feature after the jump:
Starting today, Sling TV customers with Roku devices may request an invitation to participate in its cloud DVR beta program. The cloud DVR feature will be available to owners of Roku streaming players and Roku TVs, and will begin in December, with support for additional devices to follow in the coming months, the company said.
Sling TV said 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 cloud DVR will be convenient for recording movies, TV episodes or full series, with the ability to pause, rewind or fast-forward recorded content. However, Sling TV said the DVR functionality is not available on all channels.
The service will avoid conflicts by allowing users to record multiple programs simultaneously, with no recording conflicts, the company said.
The DVR feature integrates recorded content into Sling TV’s “My TV” user interface 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.
The company said its service will continue to evolve the cloud DVR throughout the beta time period based on customer feedback and usage behavior. DVR features planned for future development include the ability to upgrade storage space and protect recordings.
Users may apply for the DVR beta program using their current Sling TV credentials to www.sling.com/dvr. 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 are expected to test the new cloud DVR functionality and encouraged to provide feedback to the Sling TV product team by emailing DVR@Sling.com.
By Greg Tarr
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