Dish Announces Sling TV Cloud DVR; Beta Coming The Roku Users Way!

By Cris McMillen, Posted: 11/29/16 06:00AM EST

Streaming services are getting popular these days. That's not surprising at all as we are currently living in the generation of computers, gadgets, and internet. It is not only evident on the subscribers but on network providers as well. We see launches one after the other, as well as upgrades and additional features alike. So it's not surprising that we now hear a new feature being introduced. We are talking about the latest offering of Dish's Sling TV.

This Monday, a streaming service has been launched and an announcement was made. However, while the two came from rivals, the other scheduled launch is the DirecTV Now streaming service. The announcement came from its rival company. The rival company is none other than Dish Network who has announced a new beta test for its latest offering.

The beta test is for its Sling TV Cloud DVR service that will be arriving next month for customers using Roku streaming players and Roku TV. It will be available at no extra cost with either the single-stream Sling Orange package or the multistream Sling Blue plan. For those who want to can try it now and will get to have 100 hours of recording.

The latest feature is probably the major advantage that its rival PlayStation Vue has over them but now, they might be at the same level reports Engadget. However, it will not be able to feature Disney, ABC, or ESPN channels because the channels distribution rights, does not allow Sling TV to record their programs on their service.

Unlike its rival, the new offering of Dish will not have the 28-day after limit on saving records of shows from its live airing. Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch explains that unlike other OTT services, the company has a real Cloud DVR that has no restriction which makes it a win for the company and the customers.

He further said that two years ago it was the first company to offer OTT services and now they still continue to revolutionize and bring the best to their clients. The new DVD Cloud feature lets customers record multiple programs simultaneously without any recording conflicts, Variety shared. The feature will also automatically manage space to make room for new recordings.

It will delete the oldest recorded video though if it gets full. The DVR recordings will then be integrated directly into Sling TV's My TV screen. According to Dish it will still continue to develop the new Sling TV Cloud DVR even through the beta phase and will base it on the client's feedback and usage behavior. In the future, it plans to add more features like upgraded storage space and protect recordings from deletion.

Additionally, a promo was also launched this Monday which offers free Roku Streaming Stick when customers sign up for one month of service. This might be worth it as a Stick usually costs $35. With that offering, we can say that it might have another advantage against other rivals. However, it still faces other upcoming competitors who offer something differently and more than them like the DirecTV Now and the upcoming live TV service of Hulu and YouTube's so-called skinny bundle.

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