Dish’s streaming TV service, Sling TV, is today launching its new Cloud DVR feature to more customers through a “First Look” early access program. The DVR was first announced back in November, but has been in private beta for Roku users until now.
The feature works a lot like a standard DVR, but instead of storing recordings locally on a hardware device, they’re stored online in the cloud.
The best part about cloud-based storage is that, seemingly, you’d never have to run out of storage space for programs, assuming you paid for an expanded tier.
However, Sling TV isn’t offering infinite storage or even different storage capacities.
Instead, “First Look” customers pay an extra $5 per month for up to 50 hours of storage, with no expiration on those programs. When capacity runs out, the oldest “watched” recordings are removed first, to make room for others.