Retailing for $230, the device connects to an HD antenna and a power source, but can live in any optimal area of the home. It has no video inputs or outputs—users tap into its streams via Wi-Fi using Amazon Fire TV streaming media players, Fire TV Edition TVs, or Echo Show devices. They can also use the all-new Fire TV app to stream on compatible Fire tablet, iOS and Android devices
It’s similar to Dish Network’s AirTV device, but the Fire TV Recast has its own storage. The base model includes a 500 GB hard drive, capable of storing 75 hours of HD programming, and two tuners. A primo $280 model bumps up the horsepower to 1 TB of storage (150 hours) and four tuners.
“We are focused on making Fire TV an easy way to watch all the entertainment you love, whether it’s through streaming video services, cable and satellite providers, or even local broadcast stations,” said Marc Whitten, VP of Amazon Fire TV, in a statement. “Now with Fire TV Recast, we’ve made it simpler to find, watch, and record live over-the-air TV at home and on your mobile devices.”