Long live cable: Why streaming TV is a fragmented, broken pain-in-the-app

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The cord-cutting dream has given way to a stark reality: Streaming TV is a mess. And on Tuesday, it only got messier, as DirecTV rolled out their entry into the category, DirecTV Now, launching Wednesday:

DirecTV Now holes: No DVR yet, no NFL on phone, no local station feed where ABC/NBC/Fox don’t own the station, no NFL Sunday Ticket, no CBS

— Shalini Ramachandran (@shalini) November 28, 2016

Also: It’s not even available on Roku until 2017.

Again and again, we hear that the goal of tech companies is to create a product that “just works,” as Apple’s Steve Jobs might say. 

And even though it’s a bit pricy, cable TV still offers that experience over streaming: You turn it on. You flip the channel. You DVR a show, or you don’t. At its most recent product launch, Apple looked to apply that thinking to its new TV app. Read more…

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Sling TV gets a great cloud DVR, but there’s a catch

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Sling TV is sweetening its Internet-based live-TV service with a feature typically associated with more traditional cable plans: a DVR. But unlike a normal DVR, this one is based in the cloud.

Sling isn’t the first Internet TV service to offer a DVR; Sony’s PlayStation Vue offers one, too. However, Sling TV’s cloud DVR — which launches in beta on Monday — has an edge: The recordings, up to 100GB worth, have no expiry date.

“Unlike other OTT [over the top] services, we’re delivering a true cloud DVR with no 28-day restriction on your recordings, marking another win for Sling TV and our customers,” said Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch in the official announcement.   Read more…

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