Migrating to Amazon Recast from TiVo

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Charles R, Dec 3, 2019.

  1. ncted

    ncted A leaf on the wind

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    No, they all were located in the same spot. Same distance from the antenna.
     
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  2. Charles R

    Charles R Well-Known Member

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    Has there been any software updates of late? I see it's back on sale for $179 and just wondering if I should give it another try...
     
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  3. pfiagra

    pfiagra Well-Known Member

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    I don’t own a recast, but Amazon announced a couple of weeks ago that a new totally redesigned Fire TV home screen experience, which includes support for user profiles, is coming later this year or early next.
     
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  4. Puppy76

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    That price remains so tempting....

    geez, if it works and is supported for years it’s a steal.
    Of course supposedly ATSC 3.0 is already rolled out in a lot of places, though I’ve heard nothing about that having actually happened, and hasn’t happened where I am.
     
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    Pokemon_Dad Ruler of Unown UI

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    Nothing in my area yet either, but I got hold of an HD HomeRun Connect 4K anyway.
     
  6. Charles R

    Charles R Well-Known Member

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    I read the same but didn't see anything about the Recast (features) being updated. Plus Googling around I haven't found anything for at least a year.
     
  7. pfiagra

    pfiagra Well-Known Member

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    No, but if Amazon is completely redesigning their Fire TV Home Screen, then how one navigates and accesses the Recast recordings will be affected. Whether or not it is an improvement is yet to be seen.
     
  8. lparsons21

    lparsons21 Well-Known Member

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    I’m an avowed geek so I decided to add yet another box to my mix. This thread is about the Recast vs Tivo.

    I’ve added an AirTV Anywhere 4-tuner OTA DVR to the mix. The biggest advantage of the AirTV devices is that they will work with almost every box out there because they use SlingTV apps and you don’t have to sub to Sling to use it.

    Tuner strength seems to be as good as the Recast and it comes with a 1TB drive just as the 4-tuner Recast does. Video quality seems to be on par with Recast, as is audio quality.

    No fee for guide data but the guide is only for 7-days vice the 10+ on the Recast.

    Cost is $199 from airtv.com, but one of Sling’s offerings is get the AirTV Anywhere, indoor antenna and 3-month prepaid Sling Blue or Gold for $189 total.
     
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  9. MikeekiM

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    Amazon Recast looks like it has a lot of potential... But for me, I am going to hang on tight to my lifetime TiVo Roamio OTA as long as possible and hope that Amazon uses that runway to come up with something truly world class...

    And then when I need to replace my TiVo Roamio, I'll swoop on in!
     
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  10. tommiet

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    I'm slowly moving to recording all my OTA via my Recast. When my Bolt hits the dust... That will push my to just using my Recast. AND.. the Bolt will die. Just a mater of time.
     
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  11. wizwor

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    I agree with your strategy and expect TiVo to be around in some form for a long time, but there's no runway.
     
  12. Saturn_V

    Saturn_V Now with flavor!

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    I don't think Recast isn't one of Amazon's key products. When it launched two years ago, it did with little fanfare- so I don't think there's a runway either. It exists only to keep users in the FireTV ecosystem, and there's no way to directly derive income from a Recast. They have no vested interest to improve on it, it'll be several years before they sunset ATSC1 channels.

    Still happy with it after two years. Use it a lot more than I anticipated. Only slight complaint is streaming to phone/tablet can be hit-and-miss at times. But it's been rock solid to the Firesticks. And it's better than the HD HomeRun Extend I already had.
     
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  13. Adam C.

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    I stopped using my Roamio OTA this past month and migrated everything to Recast. I just picked up a Fire TV Cube for 79.99 during Prime Day and it works amazingly well with the Recast. I love having everything in one ecosystem and being able to watch recordings on my phone/tablet/Chromebook that I could not do with the Roamio.
     
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  14. Adam C.

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    I'm trying to figure out a recording issue with the Recast. I have Dateline NBC set to record all episodes. There is an episode airing tonight and another airing tomorrow night which are both listed in the guide, but neither of these episodes is being selected to record. Is anyone else noticing this?
     
  15. tommiet

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    Maybe a recording conflict? Anything else being recorded at the same time?
     
  16. jlb

    jlb Go Pats!

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    I guess it also depends on how we define "die". With my Bolt, if it's just a bad HDD I Can always put a relatively cheap HDD in easily enough. "Die" for me is when Comcast no longer supports cable cards. That is when I will have to make a decision.
     
  17. ncted

    ncted A leaf on the wind

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    I had the same problems with Dateline. Also, the repack ruined my reception. I eventually gave up and subbed to YouTube TV


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  18. tommiet

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    I just don't know for sure... But with Spectrum offering a cloud DVR for $5.00 a month when using their streaming package ($15.00-$49.00) Not sure if I would want to keep my Tivo when renewal time comes around. Spectrum's DVR would work on any of my smart TV's and no more hardware to buy or support. With my Recast as backup, I think my TiVo hardware can go to Ebay or Goodwill in 2021. I completely agree that a cloud DVR would not be as nice as a TiVo. But I'm sure I can get my $5.00 worth out of it. AND, I get a guide with NO COMMERCIALS! Spectrum's DVR allows a 30 second FF. So I can skip commercials.

    TiVo... with very little DVR hardware to sell anymore, its going away as we know it today. The poor customer service support is enough to run off many customers. If I had a lifetime device, I would ride it to the end, but with yearly account, no reason to continue to fight it. It's just time to call it quits and move on. Any hardware issue, would push me out today.

    TiVo's money is lawsuits and selling access to their software products. Not DVR's.

    Bottom line... IT'S JUST TV.
     
  19. jlb

    jlb Go Pats!

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    I totally agree. My TiVo bolt is lifetime and I will ride that as long as I can. At least there are options for when that time comes.
     

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