Amazon Fire TV Recast works without an Internet Connection

After coming across a comment incorrectly stating that the Amazon Fire TV Recast needs an internet connection to work, I realized that this is an aspect of Amazon’s over-the-air DVR that I’ve never covered. A great advantage of getting content through an HD antenna is that it works offline. Thankfully, the Fire TV Recast works in mostly the same way. You can still watch live channels and even your stored recordings if you’ve lost access to the internet, but there are a few limitations to using the Recast offline. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV Recast now supports external USB Hard Drive Storage Expansion

Amazon’s over-the-air DVR, the Fire TV Recast, launched last year with the promise that the ability to expand its storage capacity through an external hard drive would be added. A software update for the Fire TV Recast is currently rolling out to all devices that adds the new feature. Once the Fire TV Recast updates, customers will be able to store recordings beyond the 500GB and 1TB limits of the internal hard drives in the two available models. Read more ›

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How, and why, to pull video recording files off of the Amazon Fire TV Recast DVR


With access to the internal hard drive of the Amazon Fire TV Recast, it’s easy to transfer video recordings off of the internal drive. This guide will walk you through how it’s done and explain why you may want to do it in the first place. There are more reasons than simply to save recordings and free up space. Read more ›

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Fire TV Recast Teardown Guide — A look inside Amazon’s over-the-air DVR

The Amazon Fire TV Recast among the best ways to stream and record over-the-air channels through a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. It has a lot of great features, but the one thing I’m asked about the most is if there’s a way to pull recordings off of the device. Since Amazon doesn’t provide that functionality, it might be possible with a bit of creative exploration. The best way to do that is to access the device’s hard drive. To start things off, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to take apart the Fire TV Recast, as well as a close look at its components. Read more ›

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The good and the bad of using an Amazon Fire TV Recast to watch the Super Bowl

In my article about the various ways to watch Super Bowl LIII on a Fire TV device, I said that the best way to watch would be with a Fire TV Recast over-the-air DVR. I hosted a small Super Bowl party and, naturally, we used the Fire TV Recast to watch the game. Since I’m not much of a sports fan, this was my first time using the Recast for a live game. Here are the pros and the cons of how it all went. Read more ›

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Talking to Rich DeMuro from Los Angeles’ KTLA 5 Morning News about the Amazon Fire TV Recast

I was invited by Rich DeMuro from Los Angeles’ KTLA 5 Morning News to talk about the Amazon Fire TV Recast. Here’s the video segment that aired this morning. I had a great time seeing how the big shots tackle the news. Rich and I also recorded an episode for his podcast where we discuss the Fire TV Recast in more detail.

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Explanation of all of the Amazon Fire TV Recast Series Recording Options

The Amazon Fire TV Recast has nmrous series recording options. They allow you to control which episode sin a series are recorded, how they’re recorded, the quality of the recording, when a recording can be autoatically deleted to make room for new recordings, and more. Here’s a breakdown of all the available options and what each one means. Read more ›

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Amazon is giving Fire TV Recast buyers a $50/$60 refund credit due to the current Black Friday sale

The Fire TV Recast is currently on sale for $50 to $60 off its regular price for Black Friday. While that’s a fantastic deal, considering the device was released less than a week ago, it has surely caused customers who pre-ordered the over-the-air DVR at full price to be upset. Amazon has voluntarily decided to make things right by giving all customers who paid full price for the Fire TV Recast a $50 to $60 refund credit, which makes their out-of-pocket cost equal to the current sale prices. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV Recast power usage while Idle, Recording, and Streaming

A reader asked me to test the Amazon Fire TV Recast’s power usage, so I pulled out the trusty Kill A Watt meter and ran a few tests. Even though the included power supply is capable of outputting 50 watts of power, I found that the Fire TV Recast used between 9 to 15 watts of power, depending on what it was doing a the time. Here’s what that means to your wallet and some more detailed figures. Read more ›

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How to safely Restart and Unplug the Amazon Fire TV Recast

The Amazon Fire TV Recast is a unique device in the Fire TV family because it has a spinning hard drive inside. This means that you should take a bit of care when cutting power to the device because, theoretically, data on the hard drive could be corrupted if the Fire TV Recast loses power while it’s actively writing to the drive. Since the Fire TV Recast cannot be shut down or turned off, it’s likely that Amazon built-in safeguards for unexpected power loss, but it can’t hurt to be extra cautious. Here’s the safest way I’ve found to reboot and/or unplug the Fire TV Recast. Read more ›

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