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USA TODAYs Jefferson Graham brings pros and cons to the new Amazon Amazon Fire TV Recast, a DVR TV.
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DVR has always been a tool to record TV shows and play them back, to watch TV. Amazon changes it.

Your Four TV Recast DVR, released on November 14, will tell you how to think about 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 recorded programs to several TVs, the phone and the tablet.

With a conversion from $ 229, the rewrite of the lowest price, 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 at $ 30, and the rival TiVo has a variety of DVRs, with monthly fees ranging from $ 6.99 to $ 15.

So what is 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 shows (most are readily available via apps), the rebuilding has Alexa built-in, so you just say, "Alexa, record" 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. (Other reader warning: During installation, connect the antenna to the reversal and not a TV.)

If you are using a Fire Stick on multiple TVs throughout your home, you can use the recorded programs on the recasting wherever you are sitting, and also watch live tv via a DVR tab shown in the Amazon TV menu. .

For cord cutters, other selection of devices for recording and playing TV shows is narrow. 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, Tablo and Bolt only connect to antennas, not cable or satellite boxes.

So how is the recast?

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 different experience that can be used to.

When it's running, it records and finds shows, but not as smoothly as the DVR cable, which in my eyes makes a more appealing job to visualize 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 questioning if any of us actually need record something.

But then I'm not a fan of "The Bachelor", so what do I know?

Another Note: Because Amazon and Google do not work, the official YouTube app in Amazon offers is not included. But Amazon has a solution to download YouTube via a 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.

Fool: Works with Amazon products only, so if you get Amazon Prime Video via the Roku streaming stick, you need the Amazon 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, wherever I am @jeffersongraham.

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