If you access your Sling TV through an Amazon Fire Stick, Amazon TV or Amazon tablet, you’ve got a cool new feature coming your way: cloud DVR.
Amazon devices are now included in Sling TV’s “First Look” program, meaning they’re among the first users to get new features and options. And the first benefit Amazon users can take advantage of is the option to record up to 50 hours of content for $5 a month. Additional “First Look” benefits that are on the way include the ability to group recordings into folders,the ability to set recordings on the go, and the ability to record more channels.
First introduced in 2016 for Roku users, the feature allows users to record up to 50 hours on content at once. Content never expires, and is accessible from anywhere the Sling user logs in.
Sling TV’s chief product officer Ben Weinberger noted that cloud DVR was one of the most requested features from customers since it launched, and as more and more people are cutting the cord, it’s important to get in to as many devices as they can. But he added that he knows plenty of customers are fine with live TV, so they didn’t add the feature to all accounts and increase fees across the board.
“We don’t want to make them pay for a feature they won’t use,” he said. “While other OTT providers force everyone to take Cloud DVR at a higher price, Sling TV continues to give our customers choice and control over their entertainment experience.”
The feature isn’t going to be added automatically though, as customers will need to do a little something on their part to get Sling’s cloud DVR. Those who have a Fire TV or Fire tablet can add DVR by using the Sling TV app settings. Those with a Fire Stick or Fire TV will need to log on to the Sling web site.