One of the most common questions I’ve seen asked about the Fire TV Recast is whether or not it’s possible to start watching a show that is actively being recorded before it has finished recording. While it might seem like a simple task, many DVRs don’t allow the option. Thankfully, the Fire TV Recast is not one of those DVRs. It does allow you to watch an active recording, either live or from the beginning, without affecting the recording in any way.
When you select to watch a program that is actively being recorded, the message you see above appears, asking if you want to watch live or watch from the beginning. No matter which option you select, you’ll be able to fast forward and rewind within the recording as much as you want with no adverse effects to the final recorded file. This is an important capability for a DVR to have because it lets you jump around a program and skip commercials without needing to wait for show to finish airing.
While watching the already recorded portion of a program that is actively being recorded, a “REC” label appears in the upper left when the track bar is displayed. This lets you know that the program has not ended and is still being recorded. The track bar itself will be partially bold to indicate how much of the program has already been recorded. The playback position can be moved anywhere within the bold part of the track bar. To move around, you can either press right to skip ahead by 30 seconds or left to skip back 10 seconds. You can also press the fast forward or rewind buttons on the remote to move around faster at 3 available speeds.