Sling TV Update Brings Cloud DVR Service to iPhone and iPad

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    Online streaming television service Sling TV has made its cloud DVR feature available on iOS for the first time. The latest version of the Sling TV app for iPhone and iPad includes the ability to record shows and movies on the majority of available channels. The feature made its way onto Apple TV in April.

    The service's DVR "First Look" option costs an extra $5 per month on top of a regular Sling TV subscription and gets users 50 hours of cloud storage. Once that space has been filled, older recordings are automatically deleted to make way for new ones.

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    When a user opts to record an episode of a TV series, they can set the app to record new episodes as well or only the chosen one. Alternatively, they can download entire series, while specific recordings can be protected so they don't get automatically deleted.

    Channels excluded from the DVR recording feature are the following: ABC, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney JR, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN 3, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN Bases Loaded, Freeform, and the SEC Network.

    The latest version of Sling TV includes the new DVR service for those with the "First Look" subscription. The app is available to download for free on the App Store. [Direct Link] The service is only available within the U.S.

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    I remember reading on the April edition of Sling's "DVR" that it should be free as they are just going to allow you to use HDD space or some such. It does simply amount to that as it is a digital version going to another digital medium. $5 isn't much in the minor scheme of things but it is still a little daft IMSFACO.
     
  3. dbendixen macrumors member

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    You’d be surprised at the fixed costs that go into building a Cloud DVR system. By law, you still have to maintain a separate and distinct copy of the asset. Technically, no de-duping is allowed so you can imagine how the storage costs pile up. Storage is indeed cheaper than ever but multiply that out across hundreds of thousands of users and it adds up quite quickly. On top of that DVR does not generate any revenue outside of a monthly fee (unless the provider is inserting ads) so it’s a real cost that has to be covered.
     
  4. brunosh macrumors regular

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    The lateral bezels aren't that thin, are they? At least on the first image
     
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    Not really that surprised. I would have thought a cost for each cloud "storage device" would come into play. Like I said, $5 isn't much to have however much they allow you (unless it's 20 MB which would kinda blow. Not blow, BLOOOOW!). Once DirecTV Now comes out with the same thing, I'll be jumping on that wagon. Can't believe those bums don't have all local stations in the upper Florida Keys yet. Must get wife to write a letter to Rick Ramsey...
     

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