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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
With over the air tuners, a common concern is how fast the device is able to switch from one channel to another. I’ve already seen the question come up a few times regarding the Amazon Fire TV Recast so I recorded a quick video showing how fast the channels switch. As you can see, channel flipping on the Recast takes about 2 seconds. The channels used in the video were live and unbuffered. The Fire TV Recast was actively recording a different channel while I conducted the test. The video is unedited, so the timing of everything is exactly how it is when using the Fire TV Recast.