Fire TV Recast doesn’t have any video outputs, instead you plug it into the network, attach the over-the-air (OTA) antenna to it and starts recording your selections and serving them up to Fire TV devices, Echo Show, Fire tablet (5th Gen or above) and iOS 10 (or above) or Android 4.4 (or above) mobile devices. Not much is known about which devices will be supported yet. It can record 2 to 4 shows at once and stream live and recorded content to multiple devices at a time. Recording and playback can be controlled via voice through Alexa-powered devices.
Watch and record live sports, local news, late night shows, and other can’t miss TV from channels available through an HD antenna like ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, and The CW.
Two models will be released:
- 2 tuner with 500GB of storage (75 hours of content) which will be available for $230
- 4 tuner with 1TB of storage (150 hours of content) which will be available for 280
Closest competitor will be Tablo but it will also give other like Tivo, HD HomeRun and Channel Master run for their money.
There are no monthly subscription fees with Amazon Fire TV Recast which is a significant cost with other comparable boxes.
Things will get very interesting once it is released this fall and lives up to the hype. If you haven’t picked up the OTA DVR solution this will be a good option.
I will compare what is known to others on the market shortly and share my findings with my readers.