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Roku Is About to Get a Lot Better With Sling TV

Image: Sling TV
Image: Sling TV

If you’re a Roku user and a Sling TV subscriber, your experience is about to get a whole lot better. Sling announced today that it is going to roll out a new cloud DVR beta program to Roku users in December.

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Sling TV is a service that offers live TV (and some on-demand) channels over the internet. Pricing starts at $20 a month, and that gets users access to live networks such as ESPN, AMC, and CNN.

The new cloud DVR program, which is invitation-only for now, will let Sling TV subscribers record programs to watch later. There is no 28-day restriction on recordings (something common on other cloud DVR services, like the PlayStation Vue), and users will have access to up to 100 hours of recording at no additional charge. It’s not clear what the charge will be (or if there will even be one), when the service officially launches.

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The cloud DVR feature will be available to single-stream Sling subscribers (Sling Orange) and multi-stream Sling subscribers (Sling Blue). Sling also says that you can record multiple programs at once, so no need to worry about recording conflicts. The company did mention that DVR functionality won’t be available on all channels but didn’t specify which ones would be left out.

We’re going to ask for access to the program, so stay tuned for a hands-on post. Right now, this sounds like a great incentive to the Sling service. Oh, and if you’re not a Roku user, don’t cry. Sling says the cloud DVR service will launch to other devices “in the coming months.”

Christina is a senior writer at Gizmodo.

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Cloud Cloud Cloud..

Im tired of it..about 1/2 of this stuff is Stupid or DUMB..

Lets say...you cant afford the internet or the Internet GOES OUT...Wouldnt it be NICE to have the Copies AT HOME??

Loved those CLOUD security system..its Great as a 2nd option..Give me a NAS, and Maybe a CELL chip..and send them TO ME..(Ps..I only trigger things INSIDE the house). Power go out, Storm in the area, A tree falls on the lines...

All I see this BEING/DOING, is giving the corps the OPTION of not giving us GOOD/REAL high end bandwidth..