Have you ever been out and about and realized you’re about to miss the latest episode of your favorite show? Now, if you’re away from your living room and have an iPhone, iPad or Windows 10 device, you can set a DVR timer or finish watching a previously recorded episode right from your device. We just launched Cloud DVR for iOS and Windows 10 devices, plus the AirTV Player, giving you even more control on how, when and where you watch Sling TV. Beyond adding Cloud DVR to AirTV Player, we also updated the Sling TV user interface (UI) on AirTV Player with some important new features.
The addition of these three platforms means Cloud DVR is currently available on AirTV Players, Amazon Fire TVs and Fire tablets, Android mobile devices, Android TVs, Apple TVs, iOS devices, Roku streaming players, Roku TVs, Windows 10 devices and Xbox One consoles. Customers who do not already have Cloud DVR may purchase 50 hours of DVR storage for just $5 per month to record your favorite movies and shows and watch on your time. (Cloud DVR functionality not available on all channels.)
Cloud DVR Features
If you haven’t used Cloud DVR yet, here are some of the features you can expect:
- Conflict-free recording – Record multiple programs simultaneously and forget about recording conflicts.
- Keep recordings as long as you want – With Sling TV, your recordings won’t expire as long as you remain a Sling TV subscriber with Cloud DVR.
- Auto-managed recordings – Sling TV will make room for new recordings by deleting your old recordings as you reach capacity, starting with your oldest ‘watched’ recording, so you can binge on your new favorite show.
- Protect recordings – Want to watch that epic sports play over and over or keep a favorite movie from being deleted? Now you can! If you want to keep a recording, simply choose “Protect” in the “Manage DVR” section and the recording will stay on your DVR as long as you subscribe.
- DVR folders – We know it can be time consuming to scroll through all your recordings, so we’ve made it simpler by grouping shows from one series into a single folder. That way, if you’re looking to catch up on every “Game of Thrones” episode before the premiere or binge-watch “House Hunters,” you’ll find all your recordings in one place. Roku and iOS users can currently see the new DVR folders feature, and we will continue rolling it out to other devices soon.
- Record from franchise – Now you can record a show or series from its franchise screen, so if you search for a show like “The Walking Dead,” you can see episodes available on demand and set a recording for new episodes as they come out.
- Easy sign-up – Cloud DVR is easy to add or remove from your account, just like any other Extra on Sling TV. Customers may add Cloud DVR to their Sling TV subscription by signing in to their account on sling.com and selecting “Add Cloud DVR.”
Don’t forget to tell us about your Cloud DVR experience! We’re continuing to improve Cloud DVR, so let us know how we’re doing and send an email to DVR@sling.com and let us know if you have feedback.
New AirTV Player Features
In addition to all of the great benefits of Cloud DVR, Sling TV’s UI on AirTV Player received a major face lift. Check out all the updates now available on AirTV Player units:
- Customize local channels ribbon – Only watch a few locals? You can now remove unwanted over-the-air (OTA) channels from your local channel lineup by selecting “Edit” at the end of the Local Channels ribbon, or by scrolling all the way to the bottom of My TV, selecting the “Sling TV Settings,” then “Local Channels,” select “Channel List” and choose the channels you want to appear in your Local Channels ribbon on My TV.
- What’s On tiles – You’ll see an informational tile with an image displaying what’s on now, including any locals picked up by your OTA antenna in the guide and on My TV, instead of just seeing the logo or call letters of each channel.
- Recall – By pressing the “recall” button on your AirTV Player remote, you can bring up the last five channels, recordings or on-demand content watched across OTA and Sling TV channels.
- Mini guide – The refreshed mini guide allows you to browse through all of the available live content without having to miss a moment of what you’re currently watching. It takes up much less space, is lightning fast and allows you to filter by your favorite channels and genres. Not only does it let you browse by channel, you’ll also get a preview of what’s coming up next, and how long until the next show begins.
Vice President, Product Management