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Sling TV Adds ‘Cloud DVR’ to Apple TV

Sling TV has expanded its $5 a month ‘cloud DVR’ service to Apple TV devices, the live streaming service announced Monday.


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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.

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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.)


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Cloud DVRs offered by Sony’s Vue and YouTube TV also come with unexpected catches.

DIRECTV Now does not yet offer a DVR feature.


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— Phillip Swann