Amazon Fire TV Recast

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  1. Nov 14, 2018 #1 of 168
    bradleys

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    I thought I would start a new thread now that they have resleased it and provided review and images.

    Amazon’s Fire TV Recast is a decent DVR for antenna users

    Amazon Fire TV Recast hands-on: a very smart and elegant DVR for cord cutters

    There are two Recast models to choose from: the $229.99 50GB Recast offers 2 tuners and up to 75 hours of HD storage, while the $279.99 1TB Recast offers 4 tuners and up to 150 hours of HD storage.
     
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    bradleys

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    bradleys

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    The guide is half a dozen clicks away. Not sure I am a big fan of that... (5:18 on the video)
     
  4. Nov 14, 2018 #4 of 168
    Scooby Doo

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    I have received my Fire TV Recast and completed the install. My initial impression is that the install was very easy and quick as you would expect from Amazon.The channel scan was the fastest I have ever seen. There are no channel numbers in the guide, which I like, and OTA and Pluto TV channels are seamlessly integrated (hopefully with more to come). The picture quality is good: obviously transcoded, but more a slight softening than artifacts. I will let you know more as I explore. Let me know if anyone has any specific questions they want answered.
     
  5. Nov 14, 2018 #5 of 168
    NJChris

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    How is the OTA reception? Anything to compare it to like the original TiVo Bolt?
     
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    tommiet

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    No auto skip.. TIVO users won't be happy.
     
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    Lack of Skipmode and Quickmode have become dealbreakers for me.
     
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    NJChris

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    I thought I read that Amazon will be adding commercial skip ability in the future?
     
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    Mikeguy

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    Amazing how one gets spoiled by those, isn't it? Didn't I read in the threads here that Amazon intends to implement commercial skip? (There was, I believe, some discussion if Amazon would be infringing TiVo patent rights if it did so.)
     
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    tarheelblue32

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    I haven't read anything official from Amazon about adding that. Regardless, even if Amazon officially said that, when will it be added? In a month? In a year? Maybe never.
     
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    Scooby Doo

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    The OTA reception is good. It picked up a few low power TV stations that my Roamio OTA did not; not very scientific or useful, but perhaps an indicator of sensitivity. I also get very occasionally some adjacent channel interference on NBC on my Roamio, which I have not yet seen on the Recast.
     
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    Scooby Doo

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    I'm a very long term TiVo user, but not an expert or power user. The Recast FF button skips forward 30s and it is very fast, so I think this will work fine for me. The green button commercial skip on TiVo is very nice but not essential for me.
     
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    Scooby Doo

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    I've played around with this thing for about an hour now and I have to say I'm impressed. Not stunned, but impressed. Menus are snappy and intuitive; the main exception is that I was unable to figure out how to search for a show by name to set up a recording. Doesn't mean it's not there, just not something I could easily figure out. Just as a TiVo feels like a DVR that can also receive streaming services, a Recast feels like a streaming device that also has a DVR. It's just a little better integrated: less lag when you switch between the two, and no change in UI design between the two. Overall, I think this is a device that will generate renewed interest in OTA DVR's and I suspect both TiVo and Amazon will benefit from the rising tide.
     
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    aaronwt

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    I never use the green button. I use the channel up/down button for commercial skip.
    Channel up skips forward to the end of the next commercial break and channel down skips back to the end of the previous commercial break.
     
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    NashGuy

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    "Alexa, record Superstore." That should set up to record the entire season, based on what I've read.
     
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    NJChris

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    Is there an app for the Apple Tv yet? I didn't see it in the app store on my appletv.
     
  19. Nov 14, 2018 #19 of 168
    Scooby Doo

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    Hey, that works! I'm still a newbie at voice control but I'm finding I like it more than I had imagined. This will definitely be better than hacking away letter by letter on an on-screen keyboard.
     
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    miketx

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    So you need to have a Fire Stick for every TV, right? And then each Fire Stick pulls a "tuner" from the Recast for live tv?
     

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