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DirecTV Now just added a free cloud DVR that’s better than any cable box

DirecTV Now just added a free cloud DVR that’s better than any cable box

There are many, many things to dislike about traditional cable, but one of the most outdated is probably the DVR technology. At a time when all your smartphone pictures are seamlessly synced across devices, anything you record from TV lingers in a hard drive, only accessible by sitting in front of your TV and pushing buttons on a remote.

There is, of course, a better way: Cloud DVR, which records programs on a server somewhere and makes them accessible on any device. DirecTV Now, AT&T’s streaming TV service, has just added cloud DVR to all its streaming plans for free. Although it’s not the first company to add cloud DVR, most other plans charge extra for the service, while AT&T is giving it to its subscribers for free.