Sling TV Expands Cloud DVR Testing To More OTT Platforms

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The OTT service offering from Dish Network, Sling TV will be expanding access of their cloud DVR beta trial to Android TV devices, Amazon Fire TV sticks and boxes, smartphones and tablets that are powered by the Android operating system, and follow with support for the Apple TV boxes.

Sling TV recently celebrated the two-year anniversary of their national service launch and they announced their plans to expand the testing in the event. They had already started the cloud DVR beta trial in December 2016 on the Roku platform.

The cloud DVR service of Sling TV will reach the rest of the Sling TV device ecosystem “within a few months,” said Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch in a presentation and Q&A session that was streamed live on Periscope. He also said that another block of users was added to the cloud DVR testing for Roku devices.

Other devices that are supported now include Chromecast streaming adapter, Xbox One, Channel Master DVR+ platform, and the recently released AirTV player from the Dish Network. Apart from that, Sling TV also inked a deal to integrate their app on Comcast’s IP-capable X1 platform, which also includes their internationally focused subscription programming.

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Sling TV’s core offerings together with their multicultural packages will be offered on IP-capable X1 gateways and set-top boxes. Sling TV executives confirmed that just as the availability of their service on the other devices, all their packages, including Sling Blue, Sling Orange, and Sling Orange+Blue will be available on the Comcast X1 platform. Neither Sling TV nor Comcast disclosed the financial terms of the agreement.

Sling TV also offered a free preview of their 20 dollars per month Sling Orange pack this weekend as part of their two-year anniversary celebrations. It is reported that Sling TV is also planning to offer their subscribers free preview of Starz and HBO at the end of the month. All the existing customers of Sling TV will be offered free preview of both these premium channels later this month.

In the question and answer section of the Periscope stream, Lynch said that Sling is not planning to offer a multi stream version of the Sling Orange service, as the content restrictions with some of the programmers in the packages allows for single streaming rights only. However, the twenty-five dollars Sling Blue package offers multi-streaming to the subscribers.

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