Dish bought the groundbreaking Sling technology a few years ago. The SlingLoaded is the first to include the capability. A remote viewer can watch and control the DVR from any laptop or desktop with a broadband connection, and some mobile devices. Users can also watch live TV across the Internet.
The device includes all of the essential DVR functions of recording up to two shows at a time, a series of shows, and it has a search function for finding the right ones. The 1 terabyte hard drive is among the largest in DVRs, although it also holds downloaded movies that Dish sells as on-demand videos. The SlingLoaded 922 has a list price of $650. Existing customers can lease it for $200 to $400.
Boxless recorder. Cable and telephone companies aren't sitting still, with Verizon and AT&T offering innovative devices that can feed recordings to new boxes in other rooms. In New York, Cablevision is going further with a multi-room service that does away with home recorders altogether. Cablevision instead will lease its customers space on a recorder at the company's offices. Viewers will save shows to the remote storage and pause, fast forward, and rewind the playback. The new approach can make it cheaper and easier for cable companies to deploy DVR functions into existing set-top boxes; They don't have to buy and install new devices for their customers.
Cablevision had to first win a court fight with the entertainment industry, which said the remote recordings violated copyright and broadcast laws. The service appeared to work well in trials by Cablevision, Time Warner, and others. Cablevision will be the first to determine through tests if the service can work smoothly across a massive cable system without delays or major glitches. The company says it will launch the service this month at a monthly charge of about $10.