Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2018
First off, my current home A/V setup:

Channel Master CM-4228HD antenna hardwired from attic to smart panel
Hard wired home network (Cat5e/Cat6) with ATT GigaFiber Internet
FireTV 2nd gen (two separate rooms)
Coax wired throughout the home, but centralized to a smart panel in stairwell closet (along with my network & audio)
Amazon Alexa devices in the home
Amazon Fire Tablet devices in the home
Amazon Prime member
Netflix subscription

Years ago I was a TiVo Roamio user, but paying $15/mo. for a UI and DVR capability for OTA channels didn't have staying power for my idealism and wallet. I went without cable for awhile, then upgraded to AT&T GigaFiber internet, which was offered in my area. As part of the deal, I signed on for DirecTVNOW and have been a customer for about 1.5 years. Basically I'm at the point now where I'm tired of paying for content that I don't watch or use. Enter the FireTV Recast! Simple setup, seamless integration with FireTV and Alexa, and 1TB of recorded storage with presumably room to grow. Sure, I still pay for content here and there (movies, etc.) but between OTA offerings, Netflix, etc. I am still saving money. The Recast will pay for itself in just a few months compared to monthly fees with DirecTVNOW. And while I don't get sports channels outside of OTA offerings, I'm confident that with Amazon's recent news RE: bidding on content rights, I'm fully convinced this will be the future of TV for me in my house hold (i.e. a-la-carte, pay for what I want TV).

UPDATE:

Was having issues picking up some OTA channels... swapped out my Channel Master Coax amplified splitter and now my OTA antenna picked up 120 channels!

Also did some testing with streaming on my FireTV box (2nd gen) vs. my Fire Tablet 8. Minimal to no lag.

The DVR recording menu is fantastic. What sets this apart are the Alexa controls. Works flawlessly.

Absolutely loving this device! Now if it were to only come in a smaller form factor!
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5.0 out of 5 stars an Amazon Prime User, Smart Home, Cord Cutter's Dream
By Ryan on November 21, 2018
First off, my current home A/V setup:

Channel Master CM-4228HD antenna hardwired from attic to smart panel
Hard wired home network (Cat5e/Cat6) with ATT GigaFiber Internet
FireTV 2nd gen (two separate rooms)
Coax wired throughout the home, but centralized to a smart panel in stairwell closet (along with my network & audio)
Amazon Alexa devices in the home
Amazon Fire Tablet devices in the home
Amazon Prime member
Netflix subscription

Years ago I was a TiVo Roamio user, but paying $15/mo. for a UI and DVR capability for OTA channels didn't have staying power for my idealism and wallet. I went without cable for awhile, then upgraded to AT&T GigaFiber internet, which was offered in my area. As part of the deal, I signed on for DirecTVNOW and have been a customer for about 1.5 years. Basically I'm at the point now where I'm tired of paying for content that I don't watch or use. Enter the FireTV Recast! Simple setup, seamless integration with FireTV and Alexa, and 1TB of recorded storage with presumably room to grow. Sure, I still pay for content here and there (movies, etc.) but between OTA offerings, Netflix, etc. I am still saving money. The Recast will pay for itself in just a few months compared to monthly fees with DirecTVNOW. And while I don't get sports channels outside of OTA offerings, I'm confident that with Amazon's recent news RE: bidding on content rights, I'm fully convinced this will be the future of TV for me in my house hold (i.e. a-la-carte, pay for what I want TV).

UPDATE:

Was having issues picking up some OTA channels... swapped out my Channel Master Coax amplified splitter and now my OTA antenna picked up 120 channels!

Also did some testing with streaming on my FireTV box (2nd gen) vs. my Fire Tablet 8. Minimal to no lag.

The DVR recording menu is fantastic. What sets this apart are the Alexa controls. Works flawlessly.

Absolutely loving this device! Now if it were to only come in a smaller form factor!
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