Sling TV has added its $5-a-month ‘cloud DVR’ to the XBox One, the service’s Twitter customer team announced last night.
The live streamer’s DVR, which was previously added to Roku streaming devices, Android TV and mobile devices, and Amazon tablet and Fire TV devices, can store up to 50 hours of recorded programming. When you reach your 50-hour capacity, your oldest watched recordings will automatically delete to free up space for new ones.
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.)
Still, the $5-a-month price tag is less than what many pay TV services charge for DVR set-tops.
Note: Cloud DVRs offered by Sony’s Vue and YouTube TV also come with unexpected catches. (DIRECTV Now does not yet offer a DVR feature.)
Sling offers two basic tier packages — Orange, which starts at $20-a-month and includes ESPN and roughly 30 cable networks; and Blue, which starts at $25-a-month, and includes more than 40 channels including live network feeds in select markets as well as several Fox channels.
The live streaming service comes with a free, 7-day trial.
Update: Sling TV on Wednesday issued a press release confirming that it has added the DVR service to the XBox One.
In addition, the live streaming service says Fox channels can now be recorded, and it has added a new feature that will enable subscribers to keep a show on the ‘Cloud DVR’ so long as they subscribe to the DVR service.
— Phillip Swann