Amazon to Fight TiVo With Streaming DVR Box

Amazon is planning to add physical storage to its Amazon Fire TV device creating a DVR that would compete with Tivo and Sky Q

Amazon is planning to add physical storage to its Amazon Fire TV device creating a DVR that would compete with Tivo and Sky Q

Much like TiVo's Slingbox devices, the Frank DVR as it's now planned will let users record live TV and stream it to their smartphones, though that feature seems up in the air, per Bloomberg's source.

Amazon's Fire TV boxes can already stream live content via the Amazon Channels service, which includes programming from providers including HBO - but are not able to store programmes on their device.

Amazon didn't immediately respond to GeekWire's request for comment on the report.

Amazon is working on a new DVR device for the streaming era that that would be a household's hub for the company's online video.

Users will be able to record live TV and stream the video to a smartphone or TV so it can be watched later.

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The Fire TV Cube meshes the Amazon Echo with the Fire Stick to deliver a high-tech streaming box with 4K ultra HD capabilities that can also tell you the weather.

An Amazon-branded DVR with local storage would compete heavily against TiVo, the only large independent company dedicated to making hardware DVR products sold under its own name.

Bloomberg said Amazon's Lab126, the research and development center behind the Echo smart speaker and the rumored Project Vesta robot, is taking the lead role on Project Frank. Amazon's potential entry into new markets often has a significant effect on the share performance of affected companies.

There has been rumors of a possible Amazon DVR option for their Fire TVs. Fire TV streamers can already play live TV through the Amazon Channels service, but they don't work as DVRs.

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