Fire TV Recast, over-the-air DVR, 1 TB, 150 hours


Posted on : 20-Nov-2018 | By : James Smoot | In : TV Shows

Product Features

  • Fire TV Recast is a DVR that lets you watch and record over-the-air TV at home with Fire TV or Echo Show, or on-the-go with a compatible mobile device-with no monthly fees.
  • Watch and record live sports, local news, late night shows, and other can’t miss TV from channels available through an HD antenna (sold separately) like ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, and The CW.
  • With 4 tuners, you can record up to 4 shows at once. Plus, store up to 150 hours of HD programming.
  • With a compatible Alexa-enabled device, you can use your voice to search for shows, manage and schedule recordings, and help with other requests. Say things like “Alexa, open Channel Guide” or “Alexa, record ‘Riverdale.'”
  • Fire TV Recast delivers the most reliable video streams over Wi-Fi of any over-the-air DVR.


Comments (3)

Cord cutters rejoice – a big fat nail in the coffin for cable TV THE BACKSTORYAmost two years ago I “took the plunge” and joined the cord-cutting ranks with a Playstation Vue subscription. I have been happy overall with Vue, but the local channels have always been the question mark. The networks that are available do not work the same as the other Vue channels (for example, in my area ABC and NBC has content that is delayed by anywhere from a day to a week; it is impossible to predict what will be on when, and has been completely frustrating). I am a big Olympics fan, so this last winter when the 2018 games were on NBC, I invested in a cheapie TV tuner and recorder that accepted an external USB drive to serve as a DVR. I had a 10-year old drive, plugged it in, and it sort of worked some of the time. The interface was terrible, the video and audio would be a couple of seconds out of synch, and the recording would mysteriously just stop sometimes, but it was good enough to limp through enjoying two weeks of Olympics. So when I saw Amazon was finally releasing a solution for the local channels problem, I was thrilled and immediately pre-orded the 1TB model. I don’t really need 4 tuners (which means the device can record 4 stations at the same time), but 150 hours of space is nice (and I have no doubt will fill up quickly). I have unboxed and setup the unit and been using it heavily for about a week.PROS- The unit is much smaller than expected; I had myself convinced it would be the size of a home theater receiver, but it is just 7″ x 7″ x 2″ (just a little bit bigger than a Wii console, for example). Add the fact that the box can bet setup wirelessly anwhere in a house (recommended to be close to the antenna which should go on an upstairs wall or window), and you have a nice sleek setup. I set mine up in an upstairs bedroom and have the box hidden under a bed.- Embraces the Amazon ecosystem; I have a Fire Box and Fire Sticks for the TVs in my house, and this unit “feeds” the signal to all of these. In addition, I have an iPhone 7, which can also be used to watch TV in the house OR remotely anywhere. So in other words, I can now watch live or recorded local TV on my phone (no more missed football games if they are only on local TV). AND best of all, Alexa / Echo really works well for setting up recordings (just simply hold down your Fire remote button to “talk” to Alexa, say “record Saturday Night Live”, and next thing you know SNL shows up in my future recordings list!- Setup is easy for anyone with just a little technical proficiency. Basically, first you download the app for your phone (search App Store for “Fire TV”), sign in, plug in an antenna to the box (I am using a cheapie one I found on Amazon that I have placed against a window), plug in the power to the box, follow the instructions on the app, and you are up and running. It does take about 10 minutes for the box to calibrate (find the channels, which mine found 22 local channels, with probably 5 that I actually care about being the major networks and PBS), and my Fire Box forced a strange update that claimed to take 2 minutes but locked up the box and remote for about 5 minutes. In summary, just download the app, follow the instructions, and be patient.- There is a surprisingly good built in program guide (has pictures, thorough descriptions of TV programs, and seems to be very accurate).- As you would expect, you can truly pause and rewind “live” TV while watching. Obviously you can’t fast forward when watching truly “live” TV (I am still waiting on the Amazon Time Machine box).- Closed Captions works well, even on recordings, and even on the phone app.- Truly integrated with the Fire Stick (or Fire Box) experience. There is now a “DVR” menu option (at the top of the screen) that just magically showed up on my Fire Box, which is how you access the program guide and recorded programs. When I click on that, I can scroll through and see all of the channels, INCLUDING the ones on my Playstation Vue service. Amazon has truly merged the multiple sources into one convenient location (although one minor annoyance is seeing duplicate programs, one for local channels over the air, and the other for local channels through Vue).- There truly are no ongoing fees or hidden costs, no subscriptions, and no BS (yippee!).CONS- UPDATE – per comments and other reviewers, there IS a way to only record new episodes; it is not intuitive at all but can be done (not from the app though).- You still are subject to glitches that seem to happen over the airwaves. Every 10 minutes or so my signals seem to drop for maybe half a second and I will see blocks on the screen; this may be a function of signal strength, but regardless it is a hiccup I am not used to seeing frequently with my cable box (or Vue, or Prime Video streaming). Still, it is perfectly acceptable and goes with the territory of “over the air” broadcasts, but is…

Exactly what I was looking for … but Amazon, PLEASE keep working on the User Interface!

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