Amazon is said to be developing a new digital video recorder (DVR) that records live TV and can stream shows directly to your smartphone or tablet devices. According to a Bloomberg report from Friday, Amazon is now looking to command home entertainment system market with a new DVR, codenamed in-house as “Frank”, to compete with California-based dominant player TiVo Corp.
The report says ‘Frank DVR’ would include physical storage with ability to connect to Amazon’s existing Fire TV boxes. It’ll have the same wireless technology as Amazon’s Echo speakers which lets you connect to Fire TV boxes. The DVR will be able to record live TV and will also have the ability to stream that recorded content to a smartphone.
So essentially, the ‘Frank DVR’ is said to boast of the same functionality as the TiVo and Dish Network Corp.’s Slingbox.
It is also noted that Amazon’s ‘Lab 126’ research and development center is working on the ‘Frank DVR’. It is the same team who created the Echo speaker.
Reportedly, all the information is through a person familiar with the plans, and Amazon spokesperson declined to comment. Additionally, it is noted that Amazon hasn’t made a final decision on rolling out the streaming feature yet. It is possible that the plans could either be canceled or delayed.
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Currently, Amazon’s Fire TV stick is one the best selling product for the e-commerce giant. While the device can stream live content via the Amazon Channels service, it can’t store videos locally.