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ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Does Fire TV Have A DVR? Sling TV today widened availability of its Cloud DVR to new customers through its “First Look” early access program. Introduced in late 2016 in beta for Roku users, Cloud DVR “First Look,” priced at $5 per month for 50 hours of storage, is now available for purchase exclusively to Sling TV customers using Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick or Fire tablet devices. Sling TV also expanded its Cloud DVR-supported devices; customers with Cloud DVR may now use the feature across Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets, Android mobile devices, Android TVs, Roku™ streaming players and Roku TV™s.

“Many customers have requested Cloud DVR since our launch, and as more consumers cut the cord, we know Cloud DVR is a must-have feature for many consumers,” said Ben Weinberger, chief product officer of Sling TV. “We also know some customers prefer to watch our 30,000 on-demand titles, and we don’t want to make them pay for a feature they won’t use. While other OTT providers force everyone to take Cloud DVR at a higher price, Sling TV continues to give our customers choice and control over their entertainment experience.”

‘First Look’ Program

Through “First Look,” the Cloud DVR offers eligible customers 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage for $5 per month with any Sling TV subscription.

The “First Look” program provides customers with the latest Cloud DVR updates, including several improvements and bug fixes identified through customer feedback during the beta period. “First Look” customers will also be among the first to experience new features like setting recordings on-the-go, as well as upcoming enhancements, including the ability to record more channels, protect recordings and group recorded series into folders.

Access to “First Look” is currently available to customers who own a Sling TV-supported Amazon device; Cloud DVR is available on Amazon Fire TVs and Fire tablets, Android mobile devices, Android TVs, Roku™ streaming players and Roku TV™s, and will expand to additional devices in the coming months, starting with Apple TV. Eligible customers who created their account through Amazon may add Cloud DVR through the Sling TV app on their Fire TV or Fire tablet. All other eligible customers may add Cloud DVR by signing in to their account on sling.com and selecting “Add Cloud DVR.”

Cloud DVR Features

Availability – Sling TV’s Cloud DVR is available to beta and “First Look” customers with any Sling TV subscription, including Sling Orange (single-stream), Sling Blue (multi-stream), and/or Best of Spanish TV across all Amazon Fire TV and Fire Tablets, Android mobile devices, Android TVs, Roku™ streaming players and Roku TV™s.
No recording expirations – Customers may keep their recordings as long as they subscribe to Cloud DVR.
Entertainment on your time – Record movies, sports, news, episodes and full series, with the ability to pause, rewind or fast-forward recorded content. Cloud DVR functionality not available on all channels.
Conflict-free recording – Users may record multiple programs simultaneously, with no recording conflicts.
Easy access – Cloud DVR content is integrated directly into Sling TV’s “My TV” screen for immediate access to recordings.
Simple space management – Sling TV manages Cloud DVR space to make room for new recordings by deleting the oldest ‘watched’ recording when capacity is full.
For more information on Sling TV’s Cloud DVR and the “First Look” program, visit help.sling.com. Customers are invited to provide feedback by contacting Sling TV at DVR@sling.com.

Netflix Show teaches and tickles

Why is the sky blue? I bet that the most commonly asked question that kids ask around the world. Well, there is a reason people ask. Because when you look up there it is, unless you live in England or Seattle under perpetual clouds. While you may know the answer off the top of your head or Google it to find an article and explain it back so that kids can understand Netflix has a better option. It’s called Ask The Story Bots.

Why Is The Sky Blue
That’s right my friends, Molepheus will blow your mind.

Ask The Story Bots which debuted on Netflix in August 2016 is a great educational show for kids that contains all of the hallmarks that make a good kids show. First and foremost it provides factual information. Its episodes cover scientific information and explain the processes that take place around us to help kids better understand the world. But being factual does not guaranty entertainment. The show is brightly animated and like Sesame Street and other strong children’s programming over the years, there is a healthy dose of humor thrown in for the parents that make watching the show with kids a lot of fun. For instance, there is an episode centered around where French Fries come from. In order to find out the crew is helped by a Molepheus based on Morpheus from the Matrix movie series who promises to show them a whole world they didn’t know existed. Later in the episode, Weird Al Yankovic shows up posing as a mild-mannered spa manager.

The company behind the show is Jibjab, the same folks who brought us year in review videos and other fun viral content over the years. The characters themselves have been on the scene since 2012 when Jibjab unleashed them through videos books and other media. The Netflix show is only 6 episodes long but there is also a companion show called StoryBots Super Songs with more fun for the kids.

 

 

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Comet TV, a free OTA science fiction channel has finally come to Roku. This was something that cord-cutters had been waiting for. Why? Because Comet TV is a channel that shows the potential for OTA to deliver entertainment in the same way cable does, which is with niche based programming. It is one of a number of niche based OTA channels that has begun to pick up notoriety as people begin to drift away from bloated pay TV packages and look for alternatives via streaming and what can be found via an antenna

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The Amazon Fire TV is one of the most popular streaming devices on the market. Whether people are buying it to use with Kodi or because they want an easy path to their Amazon content and a hub for Alexa the boxes and sticks especially are always flying off the shelves. The company gave the interface a face lift a few months ago and we decided to put together a video that shows how the new look works on the user side. In general I think the update is a sharp looking change but for those who are used to video guides using the old set up this might be helpful to take a look at.

 

How To use the Amazon Fire TV

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Within the cord-cutting community, there is a lot of interest in services that can offer a cable like experience without cable like contracts and prices. The first service on the scene to address this need was Dish Network’s Sling TV. Not too long afterward Sony rolled out a more limited service called PlayStation Vue. The company did a lot to make it less limited including expanding from a 7 city offering to a nationwide offering as well as making its apps available on a number of devices. The last service to jump on the scene is DirecTV Now from AT&T. The service has only been at it for a few months but launched with much fanfare and solid subscriber numbers. What are the major differences between the services? What service offers the best prices and flexibility. Check out our comparison as we look at Sling TV VS PlayStation Vue Vs DirecTV Now.

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Ryan Downey
Editor

There are a number of people who have Amazon Fire TV Sticks and boxes who purchased them from someone who set it up ahead of time. It has actually caused some confusion for the consumers who assume that Kodi is an Amazon thing. Kodi is in fact a program that has been added to the device by way of various means depending on the seller. Those who side load the program themselves are probably familiar with a number of way to do so.  But once Kodi is in place it will not upgrade the way that official Amazon apps do. How can you update Kodi in app without having to use ES File Explorer or another method to get the latest builds? There is a great way to do this using the Community Portal. Check out our latest video bellow to see how it works.

How To Upgrade Kodi On Fire TV Without ES File Explorer

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Snap Inc., the maker of Snapchat, went public Thursday morning with the biggest IPO in years. Cheddar will be covering the IPO live from the floor of the New York Stock exchange. Smart TV users Ycan find Cheddar on XUMO all-day from 9am-3pm ET.

Where to watch
Smart TV users and Roku users can catch the coverage with Cheddars channel on Xumo. The Cheddar channel on XUMO can be accessed via VIZIO, Panasonic, Funai Electronics Co. brands Magnavox, Sanyo and Philips smart TVs, iOS and Android devices and Roku. In addition Cheddar also has apps for iPhone, Apple TV, Android TV, Android.

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Copa90 XUMO Channel to Offer Free Access to Premium, Unique Content, Including a Full 2017 MLS Season Preview, Player Profiles and Fan Culture Stories

 

London, March 1, 2017 – Copa90, one of the most influential brands in global soccer fan culture, is now available to stream for free on XUMO, the premier LIVE and video-on-demand (VOD) over-the-top (OTT) service for the digital age. The immediate availability of the Copa90 channel across XUMO platforms—including smart TVs from major manufactures such as LG’s Channel Plus, exclusively powered by XUMO, VIZIO, Panasonic, Funai Electronics Co. brands Magnavox, Sanyo and Philips, iOS and Android mobile devices and Roku—means fans will have access to Copa90’s full, premium lineup of coverage as the new season of Major League Soccer (MLS) football kicks off on March 3, 2017.

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Will YouTube TV matter in the market?

YouTube TV is coming. After months of rumors, the company behind the world’s largest video site has finally announced what customers should expect from the service. And apparently, they should not expect to see it on TV connected set-top boxes, unless they have Chromecast built in. Along with not appearing on the majority of set-top boxes the service is also avoiding from the start Viacom, Time Warner and AMC, IFC, Sundance TV and We TV, No Viacom which includes  Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central nor will it be able to offer HBO, TNT, TBS and CNN.  Maybe that won’t be a problem but I think that they will face some obstacles there.  

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Ryan Downey
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While it might be hard for people who pay close attention to the streaming world there are millions of Americans who could not tell a Roku from a paper weight. This is not an attack on Roku by any means, it is just the truth. Go to any general big box store and you will be able to find some small section of streaming devices but they have a much smaller presence as far as shelf space and signage than most products. But within the population of those who have embraced streaming there are new numbers that suggest Roku is the leader of the streaming world, at least when it comes to streaming from an attached device to a television.