How to Record Roku Content
There is a lot of streaming content like TV shows, movies, news reports, sports games, and more, and one of the best ways of doing so is with a Roku device. You can watch many different kinds of content live as it comes out, and that is simply amazing. The thing is that sometimes there is something that you want to watch live only to find that you can’t because you have to be somewhere away from your device. This is why we require some way of recording the content so we could watch it at some other point in time.
Luckily, you can record the streaming content from your Roku device easily. Even though Roku devices can’t save content directly, as they lack the recording and storage capabilities (supposedly to get around copyright infringements and whatnot), there is a way of doing just that with the help of the streaming services that are available on Roku.
Some of the packages come with Cloud DVR, which is like a regular DVR but with cloud storage rather than a hard drive. This way you can have all of your favorite TV shows, movies, and other entertainment media stored online and you will be able to watch them on-demand.
The TV services that offer this DVR option are all premium, so you will have to pay an additional fee to use this feature. But there are several options for you to choose from.
This might be the best option if you consider recording content to be an essential part of your TV watching experience. It offers 70 of the most popular channels in America. These channels include major broadcasting networks, sports channels, movie channels, and more.
The cloud DVR service is one of the best, as it allows for unlimited storage at $50 a month. Another great benefit is that you can stream content on up to 6 different devices and there isn’t a limit on simultaneous recordings.
Philo is another great option, as it comes with 58 different channels, streams live or on-demand TV, and supports up to 3 devices at once. It has unlimited storage, the same as YouTube TV, although it will only store it for 30 days.
You can also fast-forward through ads, which is a great bonus. The best part is it’s only $20 a month, and you get all of the benefits mentioned.
This streaming service is very much focused on sports-related content. With over 100 channels, Fubo TV is easily the one to get for fans of college sports, and not just college football either. Make use of Fubo TV’s DVR option to save that big game for later.
The basic package is $55 a month with a limit of 30 hours of recordable content. But if that isn’t enough for your sport watching needs, you can get up to 500 hours of recordable content for only $10 more.
Hulu + Live TV
Their Live TV offers 60+ live streamed channel you can watch anytime, along with thousands of TV Shows, Movies and other content in their library. With all of that available, you will never run out of things to watch. It also has a DVR option with 50 hours of storage for an indefinite amount of time. The downside is that it doesn’t allow you to choose which shows you want to record – the service predicts on its own what to record based on your My Stuff list.
The base package is $45, or $51 for an ad-free service. If you upgrade to Enhanced Hulu DVR, you will get 200 hours’ worth of storage and the ability to skip ads.
AT&T TV NOW
The basic package includes 45+ channels for a price of $50 a month with up to 20 hours of free recording stored for 30 days. This allows you to skip and rewind as much as you’d like.
For $10 more, you can increase the limit to 100 hours and 90 days.
The base package for Sling TV is $25, so it is relatively cheap in comparison, although this package doesn’t actually include the DVR option. That’s available for $5 more a month, which allows you to record up to 50 hours of content that is stored indefinitely.
You Get What You Pay For, Maybe
As you can see, each of the DVR-enabled TV services has its upsides and downsides. Some are expensive but offer a lot of storage and the best channels, while others are cheaper but cut corners here and there.
We would love to know your favorite TV service on Roku, particularly as it relates to recording content. Let us know in the comments!