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AT&T Teases Cloud DVR for DirecTV Now

Cloud DVR is coming to DirecTV Now—eventually.

AT&T tipped the much anticipated feature in a Thursday announcement, but it won't formally roll out until the fall. A select few DirecTV Now customers can test it out this summer as part of a closed beta, but that will be an invite-only affair.

AT&T also teased updates like live TV pausing and parental controls, which will arrive "once the new platform exits beta testing later this year." User profiles, the ability to download content, and 4K HDR are in the works for 2018, AT&T said. Updates, including a "brand-new user-friendly interface," will also roll out to the DirecTV companion apps.

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"We all want easy and quick access to our content, regardless of where, when or on what device we watch it," AT&T Entertainment Group Chief Marketing Officer David Christopher said in a statement. "By developing for a single video platform, we'll deliver new features and platform innovations in a faster, more efficient way. And it will be simple and consistent wherever you watch — TV, phone, or tablet."

Several DirecTV Now rivals already have cloud DVR, so AT&T is playing catch-up here. Sling TV offers cloud DVR with support for up to 50 hours of content for an extra $5 per month. YouTube TV has unlimited cloud DVR storage, will keep your recordings for nine months, and lets you watch outside the home. PlayStation Vue DVR content can also be watched inside or outside the home, except CBS shows, which are only accessible inside the home.

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