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How to use Sling TV's DVR feature

What channels are included? Which devices does Sling's DVR work on? We can answer!

Cutting the cord and telling your cable company to get lost is always a rewarding feeling. You're saving money, after all, and no longer paying for a lengthy list of channels you never watch.

Sling TV is one of many streaming services that aims to be your cable replacement. Part of that solution, however, is providing a DVR feature to ensure you never miss your favorite shows. Sling recently launched DVR Cloud and has slowly added more devices as well as features to its cloud-based solution. Here's what you need to know.

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Sling TV is one of several alternatives to cable television that are now available, and now it has a DVR feature.

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Device compatibility

Sling is slowly updating its DVR platform to work with more devices. When it first launched, Sling only supported Amazon Fire TV. Since then, the company has expanded it to the list below:

A Sling representative told CNET the company plans to continue adding support for more platforms over the coming weeks and months. If your preferred streaming device isn't listed above, you can check this page for a current listing on Sling's site.

What's included?

For $5 per month, subscribers receive a 50-hour bucket to store shows and movies. As you reach the 50-hour limit, older recordings you have watched will be removed first to make room for new episodes and recordings.

Channels you can't record

As with all things streaming, not every channel will work with the DVR feature. The list below is from Sling's DVR FAQ:

  • ABC, Freeform, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN 3, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN Bases Loaded and the SEC Network.
  • Fox local networks, Fox Sports 1 (FS1), Nat Geo and FX
  • On-demand only channels, including Newsy, Local Now, Maker and Polaris by Maker

How to record

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Do you want every "Better Call Saul" episode recorded or just one? You can pick.

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Recording on a supported channel is easy. Navigate to the show you want to record and select it. The navigation screen will now have a Record button -- click on it and then select if you want to record all episodes, new episodes only or just the episode you are currently viewing.

Since the DVR service doesn't rely on a physical DVR box, you don't have to worry about how many tuners or shows you can record at the same time.

Find, manage your recordings

Just below the "My Channels" section in the My TV tab in the Sling app is where you can quickly find recent recordings.

Under the Settings tab is a DVR section for managing your DVR storage and recordings where you can delete multiple items at the same time.