How to Record Anything Streaming from a Roku Device
We love having content streamed directly to our devices and watching many different TV shows, movies, and channels. We also love saving that content for another time if we are for some reason unable to watch that important Breaking News show or the Big Game at the time it was streaming live. Thankfully, your Roku device does have a way of recording your favorite content, and you will find below some of the ways this can be achieved.
Roku devices don’t have recording capabilities such as DVR (Digital video recorder), or any built-in storage, so there isn’t a way to record your favorite movies, TV shows, and other online content directly. This doesn’t mean that there is no other way of recording content. In fact, the streaming services that are available on Roku offer “cloud DVR” services, which allow you to store the content online and watch on-demand.
These are premium services though, and they do require an additional subscription, so there are no free options for recording the streaming content. But you may find that investing in these premium subscriptions is well worth it, as you can choose when you want to watch the shows and programs that you recorded.
Here is a list of Roku streaming channels that include recording capabilities in their packages:
1. YouTube TV
YouTube TV should be an essential part of your TV recording setup as it offers more than 70 live-streamed TV channels. These channels range from major broadcast networks like ABC, FOX, and NBC to sports and movie channels including ESPN, Disney, and Adult Swim.
The Cloud DVR service is amazing, as it allows unlimited recordings for the price of $50 per month. Another great thing is that you can stream the vast catalog of content on up to 6 devices!
2. Fubo TV
Fubo’s streaming service is more focused on sports-related content, with over 100 local, national, and international channels. Even though sports are best watched live, there will be times when you just can’t catch the big game, so Fubo TV’s DVR option is perfect for sports fans.
The basic package of $55 per month will allow you to record up to 30 hours of your favorite sports games and other content, and for an additional $10 per month, you will get up to 500 hours of recordable content.
3. Hulu Live TV
Hulu Live TV offers a huge number of amazing streaming channels, from international to local coverage. The DVR option does include 50 hours of storage that can be stored indefinitely, but it doesn’t allow you to choose what to record. Instead, it will predict what you would like to record based on the TV shows and channels in your My Stuff list.
For an additional $10 per month, you will be upgraded to Enhanced Hulu DVR with 200 hours of storage, allowing you to fast-forward through ads as well.
Philo is a live & on-demand TV service that lets you stream on 3 different devices at the same time, and it offers you a 1-month cloud DVR with unlimited recording storage. It has a feature for skipping ads on recorded content, so Philo is a really great option if you want to record a large amount of content. The base package is $16 and all of the things mentioned come included.
5. Sling TV
The base package for Sling TV doesn’t actually offer a recording option, but they do have an option of adding Sling DVR for only $5 more per month. This allows you to record up to 50 hours of various content indefinitely. It also has a pretty easy storage management system, so it will be a breeze to delete any of it.
6. AT&T TV Now (Previously “DirectTV Now”)
While its base package does offer a cloud DVR option with up to 20 hours of free recording, it is not stored indefinitely but only for 30 days. This does allow you to skip and rewind as much as you like, and if you would prefer more storage and for a longer time, for $10 more the limit will increase to 100 hours and it will last for up to 90 days.
7. Tablo DVR
Tablo is also a great option if you want to watch and record a large amount of content on your Roku. It is a DVR that connects to your HDTV antenna and with your Roku device, you can watch, pause, and record live HDTV programs. The price of the hardware may be a bit steep at $120 to start, but it is well worth it for those who demand the highest video quality!
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DVRs offer so much more freedom if you cannot find the time to watch TV live and there are many different DVR options you can choose from depending on how much you want to record, how long do you want to keep the recordings for, and also the price. When you do manage to find the perfect DVR service for your Roku device, you can sit back, relax, and not worry about missing any of your favorite TV content.