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Exactly what I was looking for ... but Amazon, PLEASE keep working on the User Interface!
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2018
I've been looking for the perfect solution for Local TV DVR plus program guide "forever", but none of the solutions on the market appealed to me. Recast looked to be exactly what I was looking for and for the most part has exceeded my expectations. The tuner(s) seem to pull in more channels than any DTV I have ever connected to my antenna. Playback quality looks very good, haven't run into any device freeze-ups or reboots, program guide seems to be accurate ... extremely promising. My only complaint is a laundry lists of things that Amazon should improve over time. Maybe some of these features exist but I just haven't found them yet ... and by the way another minor complaint is that I haven't seen any kind of online user guide or handy-dandy how-to videos from Amazon ... so far I've just been slowly discovering features by poking around. That being said, here is the current list of dirty laundry (assuming you are watching via a Fire TV):
- Can't page through the program guide a day at a time. You have to scroll through hour-by-hour. Please fix this!
- I haven't figured out what good it does to mark channel as a "Favorite" other than a little heart shows up next to the channel. Near as I can tell you can't flip through favorites, or sort the program guide by Favorites, or do anything by Favorites.
- If a program fails to record for any reason, you get a very informative message that says merely "Failed to Record". Really guys?
- You have to go to Settings in order to see how much free space you have.
- Can't tune directly to a station
- Can't see the signal strength of your stations. This would be EXTREMELY useful for antenna pointing and supported by just about every DTV tuner.
- When I first set it up, Channel Scan from the iPhone FireTV app failed with no explanation. Thought the tuner was completely broken until I tried Channel Scan from my Fire TV.
- If you have multiple sources for a network (i.e. ABC), not very obvious which channel you are watching, and whether recordings will take place only from the channel you are on when you create a series recording. What if the same show is on both ABC's at the same time? is it going to try record from both channels at once? probably so, and I don't think there is any way to control this.
- DVR recording options are very primitive. I gotta believe this is a known limitation and Amazon just wanted to get the product out the door (which I totally agree with)
- List of recorded shows is very primitive. I think I would prefer it sorted by newest-to-oldest, but even better would be multiple options for sorting.
- No way to search through the channel guide, near as I can tell.
- Kinda confusing how you access OTA channels and/or the channel guide in the first place. You can get to the most recently-viewed OTA channels from the "ON NOW" category on the home screen, and maybe or maybe not from "RECENT", and ... surprise ... you can also get to the program guide from the DVR menu which is pretty weird. But you can't get directly to the program guide from the home menu ... you have to somehow find an OTA channel and then press the "Options" key. [Update: another owner pointed out that from the "ON NOW" category you can navigate left to get to the program guide. Well hidden!]
I could go on but you get the point: it's a solid product, thank you Amazon SO much for building this, but please don't stop working on it until it's better than a 15-year-old cable box. Right now it's not even up to that level of features.