Sling TV has expanded its $5 a month ‘cloud DVR’ service to Android TV and Roku streaming devices.
That means that Sling TV subscribers who own a Roku streaming device (including Roku TVs), Android TV, or Android mobile device can now store up to 50 hours of recorded programming
Sling previously introduced the $5 a month recording feature to Amazon tablets and Fire TV streaming devices, and to select Roku owners in a beta trial. The Net TV service says it will add more devices in the coming months, including Apple TV.
The ‘cloud DVR,’ which stores programming on the streaming service’s server, might seem like a reasonable facsimile of the DVRs offered by cable and satellite operators. However, Sling’s ‘cloud DVR’ does not offer fast-forwarding during recorded playback on certain shows and channels, per agreement between the streamer and the programmers. (Disney-owned channels are one notable omission.)
Cloud DVRs offered by Sony’s Vue and YouTube TV also come with unexpected catches.
DIRECTV Now does not yet offer a DVR feature.
— Phillip Swann