Sling TV has added its $5-a-month ‘cloud DVR’ to Windows 10, iOS (iPhone, iPad, etc.) and the AirTV Player, the live streaming service announced today.
The DVR feature, which was previously added to the XBox One, 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.
Sling TV today also added several new features to the AirTV Player including:
* Customized local channels ribbon
Customers can now remove over-the-air channels from their local channel lineup.
* What’s On tiles
Informational tiles that display what’s on now, including local channels received by the OTA antenna, now appear in the guide.
The AirTV player ‘recall’ button now shows the last five channels, recordings, or on-demand content watched either via Sling TV or the antenna.
— Phillip Swann