Sling TV expands cloud DVR to Amazon, Android devices

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Sling TV will offer a free trial of its base “Orange” tier this weekend.

Sling TV said it would expand availability of its cloud DVR trial to users of Amazon Fire TV and Android devices, with Apple TV users gaining access sometime afterward.

The announcement was made on Thursday as Dish Network celebrated the two-year anniversary of launching its virtual MPVD platform. Sling TV also said it will offer a free trial of its base “Orange” tier this weekend. It will also offer existing customers free trials of HBO and Starz this month. (More specifics on that will be announced later, the company said.)

To commemorate the occasion, Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch conducted yet another Q&A session on Periscope, during which he revealed very little. How many subscribers does Sling TV have at this point? How many people are using the cloud DVR? How is the company’s growth rate holding up to increased v-MVPD competition? These questions remain unanswered. 

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Sling TV launched a beta version of its cloud DVR for Roku users back in December. The service lets users record up to 100 hours of programming (it doesn’t specify whether this is HD or SD) at no additional charge. Users can pause, rewind and fast-forward, but only specific content Sling TV has licensed to participate in its cloud DVR program. 

The deployment of the cloud DVR is an important competitive driver for Sling TV, as it is something competitor DirecTV Now lacks.

Lynch didn’t specify when other Sling TV-supported platforms, including Xbox One, might gain access to the cloud DVR service. 

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