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The key problem is that the resolution is not consistent during playback. When there is a lot of action on the screen, for some reason the Recast scales down the resolution to an unwatchable 360p. Rewinding and re-watching can sometimes help, but not always. This is over a high-bandwidth wifi router. I can stream i… see more The key problem is that the resolution is not consistent during playback. When there is a lot of action on the screen, for some reason the Recast scales down the resolution to an unwatchable 360p. Rewinding and re-watching can sometimes help, but not always. This is over a high-bandwidth wifi router. I can stream in any 4k show from the internet to my Firestick with no resolution issues, but the Recast is somehow unable to transmit at full 720p resolution on my own network! Hardwiring does not resolve the issue - it must be some overly cautious internal bandwidth limitation. I would love for Amazon to resolve this, because otherwise the recast is good! see less The key problem is that the resolution is not consistent during playback. When there is a lot of action on the screen, for some reason the Recast scales down the resolution to an unwatchable 360p. Rewinding and re-watching can sometimes help, but not always. This is over a high-bandwidth wifi router. I can stream in any 4k show from the internet to my Firestick with no resolution issues, but the Recast is somehow unable to transmit at full 720p resolution on my own network! Hardwiring does not resolve the issue - it must be some overly cautious internal bandwidth limitation. I would love for Amazon to resolve this, because otherwise the recast is good!
Pen Station
· June 11, 2019
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Someone has commented about a possible SW or Firmware fix for ATSC 3.0. I doubt this is possible since it would involve new hardware, yet, all of those TVs we have, will now require a CONVERTER BOX to operate. I doubt they would have a converter box for this RECAST. Mine arrived today (10-2020) but I believe it wi… see more Someone has commented about a possible SW or Firmware fix for ATSC 3.0. I doubt this is possible since it would involve new hardware, yet, all of those TVs we have, will now require a CONVERTER BOX to operate. I doubt they would have a converter box for this RECAST. Mine arrived today (10-2020) but I believe it will be EOL as the ATSC 3.0 standard becomes more readily available. I am looking for specs now. If anyone knows, please share! PS. Probably worth 2-3 years of free TV to me...Looking for a hardware version now (after I plug it in and get it rolling). see less Someone has commented about a possible SW or Firmware fix for ATSC 3.0. I doubt this is possible since it would involve new hardware, yet, all of those TVs we have, will now require a CONVERTER BOX to operate. I doubt they would have a converter box for this RECAST. Mine arrived today (10-2020) but I believe it will be EOL as the ATSC 3.0 standard becomes more readily available. I am looking for specs now. If anyone knows, please share! PS. Probably worth 2-3 years of free TV to me...Looking for a hardware version now (after I plug it in and get it rolling).
nejpski
· October 3, 2020
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So for the TL/DR: Antenna, DVR, a few RG-6 cables, and TV, depending on your set up and location booster, splitter, terminators, and more RG-6 cables. The hard part to answer your question is what kind of cable TV do you have: how many channels can you watch and record at once? do you have premium channels like Bravo,… see more So for the TL/DR: Antenna, DVR, a few RG-6 cables, and TV, depending on your set up and location booster, splitter, terminators, and more RG-6 cables. The hard part to answer your question is what kind of cable TV do you have: how many channels can you watch and record at once? do you have premium channels like Bravo, HBO, or other cable-only channels? and how many TVs is it hooked to? First thing to understand is that not all cable channels are also broadcast OTA (over the air) AND not all OTA channels are available in all areas. I would first do an internet search of something like antennaweb.org or just google for what OTA channels are available in my area. Second part is the Antenna, you will need a good antenna and the choices are too numerous and application-specific (indoor, outdoor, directional, omnidirectional as a few examples) and you may need a booster depending on your location from the transmitting towers and splitters depending on how many devices you will be watching or recording the OTA channels on. You will need cable, Typically RG-6, to run from antenna to signal booster, to device and/or TVs. If you are using a really old TV or computer to watch you will also need a digital tuner (this is sort of rare case, so probably not). To record TV shows you will need a DVR (digital video recorder) and most have built-in storage with the option to expand onto some kind of external storage device this is where you get the limit of how many hours you can keep. The number of show you can watch and record at one time is limited by the number of tuners, most TV after around 2007 have at least one digital tuner built in, so you can use a splitter and run one cable from your antenna to your DVR and another cable to your TV allowing you to watch one show while your DVR records as many shows at one time as it has built-in tuners. The recast has a 2 tuner and a 4 tuner model. So using the above example you could watch one TV show live and record an additional 2 or 4 at the same time. If you use a 4-way splitter and only use 3 of the 4 splitters you will also need terminators or plugs, think of it as an open water faucet, you don't want any open holes in your lines. Each DVR has it's own kind of output type, my Tivo has HDMI, the recast use wifi to transmit to other fire capable products, and some rare and older ones will output to RG-6 meaning if your TV only has one RG-6 input you will HAVE to use that to connect your TV to your DVR to watch what is on your DVR. So OTA DVRs get their signals from the RG-6 and depending on make, model, and design can have one or multiple of several different output options to send it to your TV. see less So for the TL/DR: Antenna, DVR, a few RG-6 cables, and TV, depending on your set up and location booster, splitter, terminators, and more RG-6 cables. The hard part to answer your question is what kind of cable TV do you have: how many channels can you watch and record at once? do you have premium channels like Bravo, HBO, or other cable-only channels? and how many TVs is it hooked to? First thing to understand is that not all cable channels are also broadcast OTA (over the air) AND not all OTA channels are available in all areas. I would first do an internet search of something like antennaweb.org or just google for what OTA channels are available in my area. Second part is the Antenna, you will need a good antenna and the choices are too numerous and application-specific (indoor, outdoor, directional, omnidirectional as a few examples) and you may need a booster depending on your location from the transmitting towers and splitters depending on how many devices you will be watching or recording the OTA channels on. You will need cable, Typically RG-6, to run from antenna to signal booster, to device and/or TVs. If you are using a really old TV or computer to watch you will also need a digital tuner (this is sort of rare case, so probably not). To record TV shows you will need a DVR (digital video recorder) and most have built-in storage with the option to expand onto some kind of external storage device this is where you get the limit of how many hours you can keep. The number of show you can watch and record at one time is limited by the number of tuners, most TV after around 2007 have at least one digital tuner built in, so you can use a splitter and run one cable from your antenna to your DVR and another cable to your TV allowing you to watch one show while your DVR records as many shows at one time as it has built-in tuners. The recast has a 2 tuner and a 4 tuner model. So using the above example you could watch one TV show live and record an additional 2 or 4 at the same time. If you use a 4-way splitter and only use 3 of the 4 splitters you will also need terminators or plugs, think of it as an open water faucet, you don't want any open holes in your lines. Each DVR has it's own kind of output type, my Tivo has HDMI, the recast use wifi to transmit to other fire capable products, and some rare and older ones will output to RG-6 meaning if your TV only has one RG-6 input you will HAVE to use that to connect your TV to your DVR to watch what is on your DVR. So OTA DVRs get their signals from the RG-6 and depending on make, model, and design can have one or multiple of several different output options to send it to your TV.
Annabella_M
· May 4, 2019
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The Recast does indeed record off the schedule, as others have mentioned. It also allows you to record a "series" and tries to capture every episode in that series. In my case, I asked it to record "NFL Football" on Fox. and it was smart enough to also record a game broadcast on CBS. It records games on Thursday and Su… see more The Recast does indeed record off the schedule, as others have mentioned. It also allows you to record a "series" and tries to capture every episode in that series. In my case, I asked it to record "NFL Football" on Fox. and it was smart enough to also record a game broadcast on CBS. It records games on Thursday and Sunday, but no MNF, because that is on ESPN. see less The Recast does indeed record off the schedule, as others have mentioned. It also allows you to record a "series" and tries to capture every episode in that series. In my case, I asked it to record "NFL Football" on Fox. and it was smart enough to also record a game broadcast on CBS. It records games on Thursday and Sunday, but no MNF, because that is on ESPN.
Gadget Guy
· November 30, 2018
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No. There is a reason the Fire TV Recast (this product) does not have an HDMI in/out port, a Cable CARD port or many of the additional ports which a TiVo has.

TiVo devices have a slot in the back for a cable card which you can get from your provider. This allows for unscrambling of whatever service they provide per … see more
No. There is a reason the Fire TV Recast (this product) does not have an HDMI in/out port, a Cable CARD port or many of the additional ports which a TiVo has.

TiVo devices have a slot in the back for a cable card which you can get from your provider. This allows for unscrambling of whatever service they provide per their agreement with you which may include package lineups like Disney (not included in Hulu), sports, science and movies. TiVo previously had an agreement with Comcast/Xfinity allowing users in some markets to access their OnDemand though not any longer. Depending on which TiVo device you purchase they have different storage sizes and numbers of tuners which you can then pair with TiVo minis for other TVs to access and control the DVR. Tuner number determines how many shows can be recorded at the same time on ANY model of DVR. If you have 6 tuners for example like my TiVo has, you can record 6 shows at the same time. You cannot watch a 7th show but you can watch any of the 6 being recorded. Having a mini attached takes up a tuner space so I have one mini meaning my DVR can only record 5 shows at the same time. TiVo uses all of the common apps ranging from Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video through YouTube (and more) for you to search in addition to your cable or OTA TV connection. It can ONLY record from your cable or OTA connection and does not support satellite providers. You can view your DVR contents from your mobile device at any time. There is a monthly fee just for the TiVo service - for each box/mini you have unless you opt to pay the lifetime fee. This covers maintenance (which this Amazon box does not have).

Notice that, as I said, the Amazon Fire Recast has no HDMI port. That's because it's only compatible with an Amazon Fire TV! If
Your TV is not an Amazon Fire TV you have to purchase an Amazon Fire Stick just to use this! This device comes in a limited storage and tuner size while you can get a large TiVo and even expand upon that yourself if you need to. I did! Having a cable card slot on a TiVo might not seem like much of you are a cord cutter, we don't have any TV service anymore, but when we did it saved us about $30 monthly in rental fees for 2 boxes from our provider about 2 years ago. Prime Video does have a lot of content but it's easy to burn through and let's all be honest: this device relies heavily on other apps to provide content Netflix, Hulu, Philo, Sling, etc are all where we go! This device does NOT record from these apps. Keep in mind as well: if you buy the 2 tuner option you can record 2 shows and that is all. You cannot watch another show. If you buy another Fire Stick for a different TV, that takes up a tuner space.

The Amazon box is a more expensive, limited featured, small storage OTA box. TiVo has been around for many years and their boxes have more features which are all compatible with TVs instead of "Amazon Fire". see less
No. There is a reason the Fire TV Recast (this product) does not have an HDMI in/out port, a Cable CARD port or many of the additional ports which a TiVo has.

TiVo devices have a slot in the back for a cable card which you can get from your provider. This allows for unscrambling of whatever service they provide per their agreement with you which may include package lineups like Disney (not included in Hulu), sports, science and movies. TiVo previously had an agreement with Comcast/Xfinity allowing users in some markets to access their OnDemand though not any longer. Depending on which TiVo device you purchase they have different storage sizes and numbers of tuners which you can then pair with TiVo minis for other TVs to access and control the DVR. Tuner number determines how many shows can be recorded at the same time on ANY model of DVR. If you have 6 tuners for example like my TiVo has, you can record 6 shows at the same time. You cannot watch a 7th show but you can watch any of the 6 being recorded. Having a mini attached takes up a tuner space so I have one mini meaning my DVR can only record 5 shows at the same time. TiVo uses all of the common apps ranging from Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video through YouTube (and more) for you to search in addition to your cable or OTA TV connection. It can ONLY record from your cable or OTA connection and does not support satellite providers. You can view your DVR contents from your mobile device at any time. There is a monthly fee just for the TiVo service - for each box/mini you have unless you opt to pay the lifetime fee. This covers maintenance (which this Amazon box does not have).

Notice that, as I said, the Amazon Fire Recast has no HDMI port. That's because it's only compatible with an Amazon Fire TV! If
Your TV is not an Amazon Fire TV you have to purchase an Amazon Fire Stick just to use this! This device comes in a limited storage and tuner size while you can get a large TiVo and even expand upon that yourself if you need to. I did! Having a cable card slot on a TiVo might not seem like much of you are a cord cutter, we don't have any TV service anymore, but when we did it saved us about $30 monthly in rental fees for 2 boxes from our provider about 2 years ago. Prime Video does have a lot of content but it's easy to burn through and let's all be honest: this device relies heavily on other apps to provide content Netflix, Hulu, Philo, Sling, etc are all where we go! This device does NOT record from these apps. Keep in mind as well: if you buy the 2 tuner option you can record 2 shows and that is all. You cannot watch another show. If you buy another Fire Stick for a different TV, that takes up a tuner space.

The Amazon box is a more expensive, limited featured, small storage OTA box. TiVo has been around for many years and their boxes have more features which are all compatible with TVs instead of "Amazon Fire".

Cynna
· September 20, 2019
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The Recast does not actually connect to your TV. You will need an Amazon Fire TV device such as a Cube or Fire Stick in what ever TV you want to view your TV or Recast recordings on. Yes, you can watch live TV or recordings from your Recast on any TV you have on your home network. You can also view live TV or record… see more The Recast does not actually connect to your TV. You will need an Amazon Fire TV device such as a Cube or Fire Stick in what ever TV you want to view your TV or Recast recordings on. Yes, you can watch live TV or recordings from your Recast on any TV you have on your home network. You can also view live TV or recordings with the Fire TV app on your phone or tablet even if you are not at home as long as you have internet. So of course Fire TV devices can work with a Roku TV since you simply select the HDMI port that your Amazon Fire device is plugged into. see less The Recast does not actually connect to your TV. You will need an Amazon Fire TV device such as a Cube or Fire Stick in what ever TV you want to view your TV or Recast recordings on. Yes, you can watch live TV or recordings from your Recast on any TV you have on your home network. You can also view live TV or recordings with the Fire TV app on your phone or tablet even if you are not at home as long as you have internet. So of course Fire TV devices can work with a Roku TV since you simply select the HDMI port that your Amazon Fire device is plugged into.
KE4RZ1
· March 17, 2019
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With 2 tuners you can only watch or record 2 OTA channels at the same time regardless of the number of device you have.
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* If you have 3 firetv and the firetv recast is not currently recording you can watch at most 2 live OTA channels at the same time, so 2 out of 3 firetv devices … see more
With 2 tuners you can only watch or record 2 OTA channels at the same time regardless of the number of device you have.
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* If you have 3 firetv and the firetv recast is not currently recording you can watch at most 2 live OTA channels at the same time, so 2 out of 3 firetv devices
* If you have 3 firetv and the firetv recast is currently recording 1 OTA live show, only 1 firetv can watch an OTA show, another can only watch the channel being recorded.
* If you have 3 firetv and the firetv recast is currently recording 2 OTA live show at the same time, than none of your firetv can watch OTA live channels, with the exception of the channels currently being recorded
In all case this does not impact previously recorded show or shows from streaming platform be like Pluto.

If you have many channels available in your area, records and watch lots of shows or have lots firetv of family members I would recommend the 4 tuner version

If you are single, don't watch or record much OTA shows then 2 tuners is fine. see less
With 2 tuners you can only watch or record 2 OTA channels at the same time regardless of the number of device you have.
Ex:
* If you have 3 firetv and the firetv recast is not currently recording you can watch at most 2 live OTA channels at the same time, so 2 out of 3 firetv devices
* If you have 3 firetv and the firetv recast is currently recording 1 OTA live show, only 1 firetv can watch an OTA show, another can only watch the channel being recorded.
* If you have 3 firetv and the firetv recast is currently recording 2 OTA live show at the same time, than none of your firetv can watch OTA live channels, with the exception of the channels currently being recorded
In all case this does not impact previously recorded show or shows from streaming platform be like Pluto.

If you have many channels available in your area, records and watch lots of shows or have lots firetv of family members I would recommend the 4 tuner version

If you are single, don't watch or record much OTA shows then 2 tuners is fine.

Amazon Customer
· August 3, 2019
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Recast has 2 externals; A power cord & TV antenna connect. You must have a fire TV device (a cheap Firestick) works well) Only by connecting Recast with a Fire TV device & using the free Fire TV app can you setup Recast. Once Setup, Using & controlling Recast with a Fire TV device works best. I have my Recast where my … see more Recast has 2 externals; A power cord & TV antenna connect. You must have a fire TV device (a cheap Firestick) works well) Only by connecting Recast with a Fire TV device & using the free Fire TV app can you setup Recast. Once Setup, Using & controlling Recast with a Fire TV device works best. I have my Recast where my flat indoor TV antenna gets best reception, which is 15 feet from the nearest TV. see less Recast has 2 externals; A power cord & TV antenna connect. You must have a fire TV device (a cheap Firestick) works well) Only by connecting Recast with a Fire TV device & using the free Fire TV app can you setup Recast. Once Setup, Using & controlling Recast with a Fire TV device works best. I have my Recast where my flat indoor TV antenna gets best reception, which is 15 feet from the nearest TV.
J_Onyx
· July 22, 2019
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You can not schedule it to record at a certain times. What you do is go into the TV Guide and pick the show that you want it to record. Once you tell it to record the show, it will ask you if you only want to record that episode, or if you like to record the whole series. If you pick record the whole series, it will … see more You can not schedule it to record at a certain times. What you do is go into the TV Guide and pick the show that you want it to record. Once you tell it to record the show, it will ask you if you only want to record that episode, or if you like to record the whole series. If you pick record the whole series, it will record all future episodes of it. It will ever record next years episodes as long as you don't cancel the recording. see less You can not schedule it to record at a certain times. What you do is go into the TV Guide and pick the show that you want it to record. Once you tell it to record the show, it will ask you if you only want to record that episode, or if you like to record the whole series. If you pick record the whole series, it will record all future episodes of it. It will ever record next years episodes as long as you don't cancel the recording.
KDeLawder
· December 14, 2019
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Last week (6-20) my current Broadband connection was down for the first time ever, the 4k-firestick menu is disabled, only showing the Home and DVR tabs, the 'Home" tab shows the settings, the 'DVR" tab shows recorded shows, but none of my recordings will playback, you can only tune-in and watch your scanned OTA chann… see more Last week (6-20) my current Broadband connection was down for the first time ever, the 4k-firestick menu is disabled, only showing the Home and DVR tabs, the 'Home" tab shows the settings, the 'DVR" tab shows recorded shows, but none of my recordings will playback, you can only tune-in and watch your scanned OTA channels, but the Channel Guide and programming info are all disabled. not sure why the Recast and 4K-Stick cannot stream directly to each other without internet through my router, must be a software design issue. see less Last week (6-20) my current Broadband connection was down for the first time ever, the 4k-firestick menu is disabled, only showing the Home and DVR tabs, the 'Home" tab shows the settings, the 'DVR" tab shows recorded shows, but none of my recordings will playback, you can only tune-in and watch your scanned OTA channels, but the Channel Guide and programming info are all disabled. not sure why the Recast and 4K-Stick cannot stream directly to each other without internet through my router, must be a software design issue.
A. Machado
· July 3, 2020