Device and Set-up
Access to Channels and Content
DVR and Storage Management
Live and Recorded Content Playback
To use Fire TV Recast, you will need:
Yes, Fire TV Recast works with all generations of Fire TV streaming media players and Fire TV Edition televisions.
You will need to make sure that the device you'd like to use with your Fire TV Recast (such as your Fire TV Edition television, Fire TV streaming media player, or Echo Show) is on the same network and registered to the same Amazon account as your Fire TV Recast.
After you’ve completed the set-up process using the Fire TV mobile app:
Your Echo Show and Fire TV Recast will pair automatically if they are connected to the same wi-fi network, and you are signed into both devices using the same Amazon account. You can start by asking "Alexa, open channel guide."
You can only register one Fire TV Recast per Amazon account.
No – Fire TV Recast doesn’t need to be connected to your TV, so you can place it, together with the digital HDTV antenna you connect to it, anywhere in your home (even in a different room or a different story) to optimize for antenna reception.
No – Fire TV Recast should be kept indoors in a cool, dry place with proper ventilation.
Yes – Fire TV Recast works with any indoor or outdoor digital HD antenna.
During set-up, the Fire TV mobile app will provide tips for antenna placement to get the most channels for your location. It is recommended to place your antenna as high up in your home as possible, against a window or outward facing wall that is not next to or obstructed by other large towers or buildings.
You can pair Fire TV Recast with all of your compatible devices (such as Fire TV streaming media players, Fire TV Edition televisions, and Echo Show devices) as long as they are on the same network, and registered to the same Amazon account, as your Fire TV Recast. You can also pair with compatible mobile devices. You can watch live or recorded programs on any two of these devices simultaneously.
Fire TV Recast is capable of receiving all ATSC broadcast resolutions, including 1080i and 720p. When streaming to other devices, Fire TV Recast transcodes 1080i streams to a resolution up to 1440x720p using H.264. This is to ensure that all Fire TV streaming media players work with Fire TV Recast, and to deliver more reliable video streams over Wi-Fi.
You can access the settings menu of your Fire TV Recast via the Settings tab of your Fire TV mobile app. You can also access these settings on your Fire TV streaming media player or Fire TV Edition television by going to Settings > Live TV > Live TV Sources > Fire TV Recast.
You can access any over-the-air live TV program that is available to you via a digital HDTV antenna connected to your Fire TV Recast. The specific channels you can access using your Fire TV Recast with a digital HDTV antenna will vary based on factors such as your location, surroundings, distance to TV broadcast towers, terrain, and availability of local channels. Click here to see what channels may be available in your area.
If you have an indoor antenna, the most effective way to improve reception quality is to change the location of the antenna in your house. The best place to put your indoor antenna is against a window or outward facing wall as high up in your home as possible. Longer range antennas (such as a 50-mile range antenna) may also help you access additional channels from broadcast towers that are further away from your location. Once you have placed your antenna in a different position, you’ll need to do another channel scan manually:
There may be various reasons why the quality of channels may vary in your area. Some common reasons are:
No – Fire TV Recast is not a streaming media player. You will need a Fire TV streaming media player (such as a Fire TV Stick) or a Fire TV Edition television to stream content other than the over-the-air live TV programs accessible using a Fire TV Recast.
You can record any over-the-air live TV program that is available to you via a digital HDTV antenna connected to your Fire TV Recast. You cannot use Fire TV Recast to record live TV programs from any other source, such as cable or satellite boxes or streaming apps.
You can record live over-the-air programs in several ways:
There are two ways to record a TV series (rather than single episodes):
You can schedule recording of a program up to 14 days before it airs. You can schedule recording of a series up to 14 days before the first episode airs. Recordings of future episodes of a series will be automatically scheduled as they become available in the program guide.
You can start recording any live over-the-air program that’s currently airing via the Fire TV mobile app. The mobile app does not currently support scheduling a recording of a program that will air in the future.
The default recording settings for Fire TV Recast are:
|Start Recording: On time||You can also set Fire TV Recast to start recording programs a set number of minutes earlier than the time specified in the channel guide.|
|Stop Recording: On time||You can also set Fire TV Recast to stop recording programs a set number of minutes after the time specified in the channel guide.|
|Protect (never delete): No||You can also protect recordings so that they are never automatically deleted.|
|Keep at most: 20 episodes||Select the maximum number of the most recent episodes in a series you want to save on your DVR. Protected episodes are not included in this number.|
|Recording preference: All episodes||You can also choose to record all episodes of a TV show or only new/un-aired episodes.|
|Image quality: HD Preferred||You can choose the image quality your recordings will attempt to be recorded at. If a program is airing in SD quality, you will only be able to record in SD.|
You can change the default recording options for Fire TV Recast on your Fire TV streaming media player or Fire TV Edition television via Settings > Live TV > Live TV Sources > Fire TV Recast > Default Recording Options.
No – you can only record the program from the point at which you tuned in.
If you think a sports or other live event will extend past its scheduled time, you can extend the recording time by up to 5 hours when setting up the initial recording and by up to 1 hour when the recording is in process. You can access Recording Options on your Fire TV streaming media player or Fire TV Edition television by navigating to the program on the On Now or My Recordings row on the DVR tab, pressing the Menu button, and selecting Recording Options. This will extend the recording for that specific program and will not affect the length of future recordings of live events.
With a 2-tuner Fire TV Recast, you can either:
With a 4-tuner Fire TV Recast, you can either:
The most common causes of failed recordings are:
Your recordings are stored locally on the physical hard drive of Fire TV Recast. If you have a compatible external hard drive connected to your Fire TV Recast, your recordings may also be stored locally on the that device.
Yes – you can connect a compatible external hard drive into the USB port at the back of your Fire TV Recast to expand your available storage. You cannot save Fire TV Recast content to a flash drive, also called a memory stick or thumb drive. You cannot connect USB storage to Fire TV Recast to play content from other sources.
Amazon has tested and currently recommends three external hard drive models.
Compatibility or performance with other hard drives isn’t guaranteed.
We recommend placing the external drive at least 3 inches away from your Fire TV Recast, on the right side of the device, facing forward. This is because external hard-drives create electromagnetic interference that can affect the Wi-Fi signals of Fire TV Recast.
Your recordings will be recorded on either the internal hard drive of the Fire TV Recast or the external drive. You cannot choose where your recordings are stored.
To see the total storage available:
If you have an external hard drive connected to your Fire TV Recast, this will show you the total available storage across both devices. You will not be able to see where the recordings are stored and the amount of storage available on each device separately.
A portion of the storage space is used to store key system files that are needed for the Fire TV Recast to operate.
No, your external hard drive will only be re-formatted the first time you plug it into your Fire TV Recast.
If the external hard drive is disconnected, Fire TV Recast will reboot itself immediately. This may result in any in-progress recordings to fail. In addition, any content stored on the external hard drive will be unavailable until it has been plugged back in to Fire TV Recast.
In the event that your external hard drive breaks, you will not be able to access the recordings made by Fire TV Recast on that drive.
Yes, you can change your external hard drive with any other compatible drive at any time. However you will not be able to copy any recordings made by Fire TV Recast from your existing hard drive to the new one.
To free up storage space, you can delete or unprotect recordings you no longer wish to keep.
No – you can only use the hard drive of your Fire TV Recast to store over-the-air live TV programs that you record using Fire TV Recast.
No – this feature is not supported.
No – this feature is not supported.
You can delete recordings in several ways:
Yes, when the storage space of your Fire TV Recast is approximately 95% full, it will automatically delete programs to accommodate scheduled recordings. When Fire TV Recast automatically deletes recordings for this purpose, it starts with the earliest recordings (except for programs you have protected).
You can prevent programs from being automatically deleted by changing the Protect (never delete) setting on those programs to Yes. This setting can be found by navigating to the program on the On Now or My Recordings row on the DVR tab on your Fire TV streaming media player or Fire TV Edition television, pressing the Menu button on your Fire TV remote, selecting Recording Options, and navigating to the Protect (never delete) option.
If you protect too many recordings, your scheduled recordings may fail.
Once a program is deleted, it is deleted permanently and cannot be recovered.
If you schedule a recording that conflicts with a previously scheduled recording, you will be advised of the conflicting program and asked whether you want to proceed with the recording.
No – you will need to use a Fire TV streaming media player or Fire TV Edition television to change recording options, change recording priorities, or schedule series recordings.
You can watch the programs that you record with your Fire TV Recast:
You can watch live or recorded programs, and you can record shows airing live, when you are on the go in the Fire TV mobile app using cellular or Wi-Fi connection.
You can only watch live or recorded programs on your Fire TV streaming media player, Fire TV Edition television or Echo Show if those devices are connected to the same network as your Fire TV Recast.
No – only the Fire TV mobile app enables you to watch live and recorded content from Fire TV Recast on a mobile device.
Yes – you can watch up to 2 programs (live or recorded) on 2 different devices at the same time. This includes playback within the Fire TV app on any mobile device.
No – this feature is not supported.
No – you can only watch the program from the point at which you tuned into the channel on which it is airing.
No – you can only watch live and recorded content from Fire TV Recast on a Fire TV streaming media player, Fire TV Edition television, or Echo Show, or via the Fire TV app on a compatible mobile device.
Yes – when you watch over-the-air live TV via Fire TV Recast, you can use the remote for your Fire TV streaming media player or Fire TV Edition television, or Alexa voice commands on a compatible Alexa-enabled device, to pause, rewind up to the point at which you tuned into the channel (maximum 90 minutes), and fast-forward up to the point the program is currently airing.
Yes, Amazon collects information relating to your use of over-the-air TV content which may include the name of the channel watched, the name of the program watched, and the duration.
This helps us improve our services and personalize your experience. We will handle this information in accordance with the Amazon Privacy Notice available at www.amazon.com/privacy.
No – Fire TV Recast does not provide access to Alexa, but you can control Fire TV Recast using a compatible Alexa-enabled device (such as a Fire TV streaming media player, Fire TV Edition television, or Echo Show).
Yes, on any compatible Alexa-enabled device, you can ask Alexa to control Fire TV Recast in a number of ways:
|Delete||Alexa, delete 'The Flash.'|
|Cancel a recording||Alexa, cancel my recording of 'Chef's Life.'|
|See the channel guide||Alexa, show me the channel guide.|
|Tune to a channel||Alexa, tune to the CW.|
|See your storage usage||Alexa, how full is my DVR?|
|Show your recordings||Alexa, show my recordings.|
You can use Alexa to control Fire TV Recast on any Fire TV streaming media player with an Alexa Voice Remote, Fire TV Edition television, or Echo Show. You can also use other Echo devices for requests that don’t require video playback, such as scheduling, cancelling, or deleting recordings.
You can use parental controls to control access on the Fire TV mobile app and on each other device that is paired with your Fire TV Recast. To enable parental controls, go to Settings > Parental Controls in the Fire TV mobile app or on the paired device.
Parental control settings for Fire TV Recast are specific to the device on which they are configured. To control access to live or recorded programs via Fire TV Recast across all your paired devices, make sure to configure parental controls on each device that you have paired with your Fire TV Recast.
You can reset your parental control PIN for Fire TV streaming media players, Fire TV Edition televisions, and Echo Show devices via www.amazon.com/pin.
To reset your parental control PIN for the Fire TV mobile app, you’ll need to uninstall and re-install the app from your mobile device. This will not impact any of your existing Fire TV Recast settings or scheduled recordings.
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