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Sling TV Beta-Testing Cloud-Based DVR

28 Nov, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Sling TV Nov. 28 announced it will begin beta-testing in December a cloud-based DVR, soliciting input from subscribers who access the online TV service through a Roku streaming media player or branded smart TV.

The cloud-based storage platform will have the ability to pause, rewind or fast-forward recorded content and space management. This is significant since Sling TV currently is limited to old-school live broadcasts.

The DVR will be available across all Roku devices to users who subscribe to the single-stream service, Sling Orange, and/or the multi-stream service, Sling Blue.

The platform will be able to record movies, episodes or full series on participating pay-TV channels. Users will be able to record multiple programs simultaneously, with no recording conflicts.

DVR content is integrated directly into Sling TV’s “My TV” screen for immediate access to recordings.

Sling TV automatically manages DVR space to make room for new recordings by deleting the oldest ‘watched’ recording when capacity is full.

The online TV service said it would continue to evolve the DVR throughout the beta time period based on customer feedback and usage behavior. DVR features planned for future development include the ability to upgrade storage space and protect recordings.

“Unlike other OTT video services, we’re delivering a true cloud DVR with no 28-day restriction on your recordings,” Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV, said in a statement. “Two years ago we became the first live OTT provider, and we continue to innovate and bring the best experience to our customers.”

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