Amazon Working on Tablo-Like Networked DVR

by Wade Massey August 20, 2018, 21:00
Amazon Working on Tablo-Like Networked DVR

Currently, Fire TVs stream live content via the Amazon Channels service, which includes programming from providers like HBO, but the box can't store video locally.

Codenamed Frank, the new device will have its own storage for shows, and connect to TVs via Amazon's existing Fire TV box, according to Bloomberg. Users will then be able to stream recorded shows to their smartphones.

A source told Bloomberg that the device, internally dubbed "Frank", would connect to Amazon's Fire TV boxes.

In June, Amazon introduced Fire TV Cube, which serves as a hands-free, voice-commanded remote for TV sets and cable boxes. This would work in accord with the Fire TV live streaming content channel as well, most likely.

The company is developing the DVR in its Lab 126 R&D center, which also designed the Echo speaker and is reportedly working on Project Vesta, a domestic robot.

Google's $130 (£105) Home speaker is triggered by the phrase "Hey Google" while Amazon's Echo uses "Alexa". Given the amount of cloud Amazon Prime is given in every other device and service within Amazon, working with this DVR device would not be a surprise. The report also claims that the company will come out with new software for its Fire TV stick and is trying to get more TV makers to build Fire TV into their screens.

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

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