Amazon Fire TV Recast review: This over-the-air DVR is frustratingly close to great

While it nailing the little details, this box whiffs on some important things.

The mere existence of Amazon’s Fire TV Recast is a testament to how popular cord-cutting has become.

Over-the-air DVR was once the domain of geeks whose living rooms ran on Windows Media Center. But as more people have dropped cable TV, we’ve seen more user-friendly approaches from the likes of TiVo, Tablo, Plex, Channels, and AirTV. Those options presumably helped inspire the Fire TV Recast, a $230 box that records free broadcast TV channels from an antenna and streams the video to Amazon’s popular Fire TV devices.

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