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Amazon's Fire TV Recast DVR is another way to watch TV

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USA TODAY’s Jefferson Graham brings pros and cons to the new Amazon Amazon Fire TV Recast, a DVR TV.

DVR has always been a tool for recording TV shows and playing them to watch TV. Amazon changes it.

The Four TV Recast DVR, released on November 14, will re-introduce how you think of a DVR. Yes, it can record TV shows, but only if it is connected to an antenna. Reader warning: Cable and satellite customers will find the Omarbaren useless. It is only for cord cutters.

When connected, Recast acts as a TV hub that receives the signal and distributes it with the recorded programs to several TVs, the phone and the tablet.

From $ 229, the rewrite is about the lowest prices, full service DVR that has been available to date and marked by a magical consumer benefit – no monthly fee. Most cable services charge a monthly rental for their DVRs to $ 30, and rival TiVo has a variety of DVRs, with monthly fees ranging from $ 6.99 to $ 15.

So what’s it?

Recast only works with Amazon products. There are four TV Edition of televisions, starting at around $ 229. Also, many retailers will discount them to just over $ 100 with the Black Friday deal. You can also use an Amazon Fire TV Stick ($ 30- $ 50) streaming device on any TV with an HDMI port or Echo Show, the $ 229 edition of the speech speaker that gives video to Alexa. Additionally, you must add an antenna at a cost of $ 30 or more.

In addition to having a tool for recording local news and sports and broadcasting events (most are readily available through apps), the rework is rebuilt with Alexa, so you just say, “Alexa, record” The Price is right “,” or “… Tune to NBC.”

Again, the recasting is not just a DVR, but a box that has taken over your TV. You use it to find out what’s going on, go to a particular station, watch the channel wizard, record and monitor your recorded programs. (Second reading: During installation, you insert the antenna in the bypass, not a TV.)

If you are using a Fire Stick on several TVs throughout your home, you can use the recordings recorded on the recasting, where you still sitting and watching live tv via a DVR tab as shown in the Amazon TV menu.

For mower clippers, other selection of devices for recording and playback of television programs is slim. There is the new TiVo, Bolt OTA, which sells for $ 249.99 plus $ 6.99 a month, or Tablo, which has several models available, sells for $ 139 to $ 199. But you have to run for a hard drive to connect to it, then add $ 75 to $ 100. Like Recast, Connect Tablo and Bolt only to antennas, not cable or satellite boxes.

So how is the recasting?

First, Amazon supplies to imagine how we watch TV.

As said, installation may take some time (remember the antenna in the device, not the TV), and it’s another experience that can be used to.

When it’s running, it records and finds shows, even though it’s not as smooth as with cable DVR, which in my eyes makes a more pleasing job to zipped through commercials visually than the recasting. But then again I pay over $ 400 a year for this right in DVR rental from my cable company. I love to pay once without monthly fees.

Another approach: When so much programming is available through streaming, in movies, original TV shows and the like, and when YouTube offers the best of broadcast TV (and so much more in rock form), it’s doubtful if any of we actually need to record something.

But then I’m not a fan of “The Bachelor”, so what do I know?

Another Note: Because Amazon and Google are not performing, the official YouTube app is not included in Amazon offers. But Amazon has a solution to picking up YouTube through a web browser.

Pro: Low price, unique twist on TV viewing, no monthly fee. Starting at $ 229 with the ability to record up to four shows at once on 500GB hard drive or $ 279 for 1TB hard drive.

Con : Only works with Amazon products, so if you get Amazon Prime Video via the Roku streaming stick, you need the spring of Amazon brand. You also miss the YouTube TV cable option, which does not work with rework. Fast rewinding is not as visually appealing and accurate as cable DVR.

Reader: Would you dive your cable DVR for a device that only works with an antenna? Let’s talk about it on Twitter, where I’m @jeffersongraham .

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