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OTT service provider Sling TV has widened availability of its Cloud DVR to new customers through its ‘First Look’ early-access programme. Introduced in late 2016 in beta for Roku users, Cloud DVR ‘First Look’, priced at $5 per month for 50 hours of storage, is now available for purchase exclusively to Sling TV customers using Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick or Fire tablet devices. Sling TV also expanded its Cloud DVR-supported devices; customers with Cloud DVR may now use the feature across Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets, Android mobile devices, Android TVs, Roku streaming players and Roku TVs.
“Many customers have requested Cloud DVR since our launch, and as more consumers cut the cord, we know Cloud DVR is a must-have feature for many consumers,” said Ben Weinberger, chief product officer of Sling TV. “We also know some customers prefer to watch our 30,000 on-demand titles, and we don’t want to make them pay for a feature they won’t use. 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.”
Through First Look, the Cloud DVR offers eligible customers 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage for $5 per month with any Sling TV subscription. The First Look programme provides customers with the latest Cloud DVR updates, including several improvements and bug fixes identified through customer feedback during the beta period. First Look customers will also be among the first to experience new features like setting recordings on-the-go, as well as upcoming enhancements, including the ability to record more channels, protect recordings and group recorded series into folders.
Access to First Look is currently available to customers who own a Sling TV-supported Amazon device; Cloud DVR is available on Amazon Fire TVs and Fire tablets, Android mobile devices, Android TVs, Roku streaming players and Roku TVs, and will expand to additional devices in the coming months, starting with Apple TV. Eligible customers who created their account through Amazon may add Cloud DVR through the Sling TV app on their Fire TV or Fire tablet. All other eligible customers may add Cloud DVR by signing in to their account on sling.com and selecting ‘Add Cloud DVR’.