Amazon is Developing a Device That Records Live TV, Rivaling TiVo

Danny Woods
August 18, 2018

The online retailer is developing a new digital video recorder, nicknamed "Frank" within Amazon, according to a report Friday from Bloomberg.

Amazon's Fire TV boxes can already stream live content via the Amazon Channels service, which includes programming from providers including HBO - but are not able to store programmes on their device.

Amazon didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. The story cites a person who asked "not to be identified" who said the Frank DVR connects to your TV content wirelessly, using the same technology that allow Echo speakers and Fire TV boxes to communicate. That functionality is similar to offerings from TiVo and Dish Network Corp.'s Slingbox. Users will then be able to stream recorded shows to their smartphones.

The retail giant's secretive Lab 126 research and development center in Silicon Valley is working on the project, it is believed.

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Amazon is reportedly working on a recording device that would mesh with its Fire TV service. As for Fire TV devices, the brand new Fire TV Cube is $30 off and the Fire TV with 4K is a whopping $30 off from $70.

Amazon hasn't decided yet whether to release the DVR. Amazon is also planning a software update to the Fire TV stick and looking to get Fire TV software built into more TVs, says Bloomberg.

There has been rumors of a possible Amazon DVR option for their Fire TVs.

Fire TV streaming devices are among Amazon's best-selling products.

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