Sling TV testing cloud DVR for Roku users; more devices to follow

Sling TV is rolling out a limited cloud DVR beta program for Roku users, with features that include conflict-free recording, the ability to pause, rewind or fast-forward recorded content, and simple space management.

The launch, currently by invitation only, is scheduled for December, and Sling TV said it will have support for additional devices in the coming months.

The beta program offers up to 100 hours of cloud DVR storage at no extra charge to Roku users who participate in our beta program. Sling TV will continue to develop our DVR feature with customer feedback, including the ability to upgrade storage space and protect recordings. There is a caveat: DVR functionality won’t be available on all channels (no info, yet, on which channels are opting out).

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

Sling TV subscribers using Roku devices can request an invitation to participate in the cloud DVR beta program by submitting their current Sling TV credentials to www.sling.com/dvr.

Stay tuned.

Jim O’Neill is Editor of Videomind and Principal Analyst at Brightcove. You can follow him on Twitter @JimONeillMedia and on LinkedIn