Sling TV DVR Overview
After being in beta on Roku since last December the much anticipated Sling DVR “First Look” is finally available for Roku, Android devices, Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick. Adding cloud DVR service for live TV for only $5 more per month, it’s a great addition to their affordable streaming packages. The service allows you to store up to 50 hours of content to Sling’s servers, comparable to Hulu’s DVR service and a step up from Sony Vue which only allows you to save content for 28 days.
How Sling TV DVR Works
Sling DVR is available as an add-on for both their Orange and Blue service but, as with other DVR services, not every channel is included. Exclusions include on demand only channels, FOX local networks, FOX Sports 1, Nat Geo, FX, and all Disney and ESPN channels which also includes ABC. If those aren’t deal breakers for you there is still plenty of content for you to record. Click here for a full list of availability as it’s likely to change.
So just how does it work? Lets dig into the details.
Choose from On Now, Guide or Sports tabs and Sling will show you a list of shows, movies or games you’re able to record. For series you can choose to record just new episodes or choose “all” to record shows every time they air. Sling will then record the content and store it on their cloud servers for you to watch any time. The great thing about Sling is they only delete the oldest movies or shows you’ve recorded once you reach 50 hours of content. That means there isn’t a clock ticking down forcing you to watch a show or lose it completely.
You can watch any of these recorded shows across all your compatible devices anytime and anywhere. Sling DVR also gives you the ability to pause and rewind live TV. Need to go to the bathroom or make yourself a midnight snack? Can’t stand commercials? No problem. You now have the ability to freeze and fast-forward time. However, please make sure you only use this newly acquired super power for good.
How Sling DVR Stacks Up
Sling TV has always been one of the most affordable streaming options out there. With plans starting at just $20 per month it’s nearly half the price of a lot of it’s competitors. Adding just $5 per month for DVR service it’s still the cheapest to date.
- PlayStation Vue includes their DVR functionality with all packages but the cheapest options start at $39.99.
- YouTube TV is $35 a month but gives you ABC, Fox and ESPN channels for the extra money.
- Hulu is still in beta with their DVR but is $39.99 and you can skip the commercials completely for an extra $4.
- DirectTV Now offers an amazing deal, but does not offer a DVR yet, and has a starting price of $35 a month.
Sling TV Articles
Still not sure? No problem. Here are a handful of additional articles we wrote about Sling TV. We want you to be as informed as possible before making a decision.
- What is Sling TV?
- Is Sling TV a Complete Cable TV Alternative?
- Streaming TV Matrix
- Sling TV vs Amazon Instant Video
- Sling TV vs PS Vue – A Television Streaming Battle Royal
- What’s New with Sling TV?
- Watching Sports Online with Sling TV Sports Extra
- Original Series Now on Sling TV … Part I
Sling TV’s Commitment to Customers
Sling is sticking with what they know, offering an affordable alternative to pricey competitors by not giving you every channel under the sun. It’s a strategy that has worked well for them with their streaming TV services and should continue to succeed with Sling DVR. It’s a new service and Sling has always been sensitive to customer input so expect some tweaking and perhaps a few surprises down the road.
There are a lot of options for DVR services these days so do your homework and choose the one that’s right for you. Whether it’s the new Sling DVR or another great service enjoy the new power you have to watch, record and manipulate live TV.