Yeah Sling has a cloud DVR, but since it didn't work with the DVR+ app I never got it. I could add it now, but that would be another $5/mo, bringing my total to $40/mo. It would be nice if Spectrum had a cloud DVR, but initially Sling didn't have one either. Maybe Spectrum will add one later if the service does well, as Sling did. Edit:
There is a DVR option, sort of, but most of us wouldn't like it:
Originally Posted by crashdumy
And just FYI, if a cable DVR is your thing, you can add the Spectrum DVR (which essentially just becomes cable service then) for $20/mo additional. Even better, if you have a cable card DVR (Tivo, etc.) then it's just $3/mo for the card.
So if I understand that correctly, you can get "TV Choice" either OTT or via traditional cable service; with the latter option, you can of course add a standard cable DVR, or a TiVo or HTPC with a cable card. But that doesn't help us DVR+ owners since the DVR+ is OTA only.
And you're right - the lock-in is on their end, not mine. They promise not to raise the price for 2 years, but I can still cancel at any time. Of course, if I cancel then come back, the mysterious "standard rates" would undoubtedly apply. Edit:
crashdumy (quoted above) reported that the standard rates are about double the $22, so somewhat more than Sling but competitive with PS Vue, etc. Of course you get more channels with the latter, but if you don't watch them, they aren't really much of a deal. Anyway, I guess I can always switch back to Sling in 2 years, assuming they're still around....
One nice thing about the current offer that I didn't mention before is the premium package that includes HBO, Showtime, the Movie Channel, Starz, and Starz Encore, all five for $15/mo more. I think Sling charges that much just for HBO alone, so that's really tempting.
You do get some taxes added onto that service that you don't get with Sling, so expect to pay anywhere from $3 to $8 a month more.
I'd forgotten about that unpleasant trick. Phone companies are notorious for it, but cable companies do the same thing. So the true price is probably more like $25/mo for the base package, and $20/mo more for the premium package.
I think that shouldn't be allowed - they should be required to advertise the full price excepting only sales tax, just like every other business does. But again, it is what it is.
Anyway, I'll probably wait until the May 9 deadline, then sign up. My wife is going to be out of town for a couple of weeks, so delaying will give her a few days to look at it before the 7-day free trial is up.