The competition between streaming service providers will certainly heat up with the launch of DirecTV Now. Dish Network’s Sling TV has enjoyed abundant success over the last few months and they are still one of the leading streaming service providers in the country. However, Sling TV has faced tough challenges from other major competitors including Sony’s PlayStation Vue, and the competition is going to get even more intense with the launch of DirecTV Now.
This has urged the provider to adopt new strategies to attract more customers to their offerings. As a result, Dish Network is planning to introduce a cloud DVR to Sling subscribers, which will enable them to record movies and TV shows and watch them later at their convenience.
A similar feature is already available in PlayStation Vue, which is one of the major reasons for their huge subscribership. Sling recently announced that their cloud DVR will be initially launched as a beta version by the end of the year, and it will be available to a limited number of subscribers, who watch Sling TV through Roku devices.
It is evident that Sling TV is targeting PlayStation Vue subscribers with this strategy, as the streaming service provider has announced that the recording saved by customers will not expire “even after 28 days”. The recordings on PlayStation Vue can only be stored for 28 days.
In addition to that, Sling has also promised that conflict-free recording will be available through the DVR and the users will be able to pause, fast forward, and rewind the recorded contents. Reports indicate that Sling TV subscribers will receive approximately 100 hours of cloud DVR storage during the beta trials at zero extra charges.
Sling TV subscribers will be able to record their favorite movies, TV shows, or even the entire series through the DVR. In addition to that, they could easily access the saved recordings by going into the “My TV” screen on their devices or TV. If the DVR runs out of storage space, then it will automatically delete the oldest “watched” recording, in order to make space for new recordings.
Note that the participation in Sling TV’s latest venture is invite-only type, and it will require subscribers to have a Roku device to access the service. Existing Sling customers can sign up for this offering by logging into the official website of Sling TV.