Sling Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Free DVR Service

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Sling has now officially added a DVR to Sling Freestream, announcing the change as “a first-of-its-kind, free DVR service.” Considering the 10-hour DVR started to become available for new users last week, today’s launch confirms that all Freestream users will eventually gain the ability to DVR content.

Freestream is a completely free streaming service and this is why Sling is now claiming “an industry first for FAST services.” While there are plenty of free streaming services to choose from, none really offer the option of a DVR.

As we noted last week, Sling has now confirmed that all new Freestream users will immediately gain access to the free DVR when creating their account. While existing users will also gain access, DVR support is rolling out very slowly. According to Sling, “the new feature will be fully rolled out to all existing Freestream users within the next several months.”

We are giving our customers exactly what they are asking for. The new DVR feature for Sling Freestream is going to give subscribers even more choice and access. They can watch their favorite programming on their terms, when it works for them,” said Gary Schanman, executive vice president and group president, DISH Video Services. “Our goal is to continue to lead the industry with innovative ways to provide more in the FAST space, making sure our customers have access to a premium experience as well as an unparalleled amount of free live sports, news and entertainment.”

As a reminder, the free DVR is only available to those that actually create an account. In other words, Freestream users who opt to watch without signing in won’t be able to take advantage of the free storage space.

Other benefits of creating a Freestream account include access to a watchlist and the ability to continue watching, as well as set parental controls and favorite channels.

John Finn
John Finn

By John Finn

John Finn is the Founder and Editor of Streaming Better, a platform created in 2019 to help consumers navigate the complicated live TV streaming and subscription service market.

John has been covering technology for various online publications since 2014. After originally covering the wider tech industry as a writer and editor, John now spends his time focusing on the emerging video-streaming market, including live TV streaming, SVOD, AVOD, FAST, and TVOD services.

In a bid to keep up to date on the industry, John actively subscribes to multiple streaming services at the same time. However, John continues to advocate that the best approach for consumers is to rotate between streaming services as needed.

A Psychology graduate from England, who now lives in the US, John previously worked in the aviation industry as an airline reviewer. While reviewing airlines isn't quite the same as reviewing devices and streaming services, John brings the same analytical eye to all of his reviews and industry analysis, along with a special emphasis on what's best for the consumer.

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