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Amazon announces Fire TV Recast, a new companion DVR for mobile devices

Amazon announces Fire TV Recast, a new companion DVR for mobile devices
Amazon was on fire earlier today, having announced quite a few new products, so the fact that the company introduced a new device called Fire TV Recast shouldn't surprise anyone. This is a companion DVR that enables users to watch, record, and replay free OTA (over the air) TV programming on Fire TV, Echo Show, and on compatible Fire tablet, iOS, and Android devices.

However, you'll need an HDTV antenna (sold separately) to connect the Fire TV Recast and start accessing the free OTA TV content available in your area, including live shows, local news, sports, and more from channels like ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, and The CW.

Once they're connected, you can place the duo anywhere in your home, and all your compatible devices will automatically connect, giving you immediate access to local OTA TV programming. All of the above comes at no additional cost or monthly fees.

Moreover, you'll be able to take your OTA shows with you on the move by using the Fire TV companion app for Fire TV Recast to watch live and recorded content over Wi-Fi or when connected to a cellular network. According to Amazon, mobile streaming for Fire TV Recast is available on all compatible mobile devices with no extra monthly charges or subscription fees.

The Fire TV Recast is now available for pre-order in the United States starting today, September 20 and will begin shipping on November 14. The new companion DVR comes in two variations:

  • 2-tuner model with 500GB of storage that enables users to record up to 2 shows at once and holds up to 75 hours of HD programming for $230;
  • 4-tuner model with 1TB of storage that allows users to record up to 4 shows at once and holds up to 150 hours of HD programming for $280.

Keep in mind that in order to set up Fire TV Recast you'll need an HDTV antenna and access to the Fire TV app on a compatible Fire tablet, iOS, or Android device.

source: Amazon (1, 2)

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