Sling TV has expanded its $5 a month ‘cloud DVR’ service to Apple TV devices, the live streaming service announced Monday.
That means that those who subscribe to Sling TV using an Apple TV streaming device can now store up to 50 hours of recorded programming. (Note: Sling TV is currently only available on the 4th generation Apple TV.)
Sling previously added the $5 a month recording feature to Android TV devices, 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.
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