By way of DISH Team Summit, Facebook, and a pair of low resolution videos we learn that not only is Channel Master getting real close to launching those “Linear Channels” of Internet content on DVR+, they’re also landing a SlingTV app. I’ve taken the liberty of concatenating the two grainy show-floor quick-takes (above) but intend to ping Channel Master to see how they feel if I shoot my own video (as I did for DVR+ upon release).
As the story goes, DVR+ is a fee-free, dual-tuning, over-the-air DVR (1TB, $400). That briefly lost its luster given TiVo Roamio OTA pricing that turned out to be a limited time offer (or another marketing mistake). However, TiVo’s return to unfavorable pricing makes DVR+, with the option of Sling TV, a highly compelling solution for a number of cord cutters.
Tim H who tipped us off (thanks!) wonders if it’d get even better with the possibility of DVR+ recording Sling channels… but there’s no way in hell I see that happening. The licensing is way too complex and being (difficultly) managed by Sling TV, a DISH subsidiary. Speaking of which, DVR+ itself is manufactured in conjunction with Echostar, so this tie up isn’t entirely surprising.