Amazon Working On DVR For The Streaming Era

Amazon is reportedly working on a TiVo-like DVR for live TV

The device, dubbed "Frank" inside Amazon, is a new type of digital video recorder for the streaming era.

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.

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.

TiVo shares fell as much as 10 per cent in afternoon trading in NY.

Amazon has increasingly been adding network programming to its Fire TV devices via its Amazon Channels store, which the company uses to resell video subscription services.

The retail giant's secretive Lab 126 research and development center in Silicon Valley is working on the project, it is believed.

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Amazon is looking to dominate your home entertainment system. The Amazon Fire TV Stick utilizes wireless internet to connect to Amazon services and apps which connect to 3rd-party streaming platforms.

Bloomberg noted that Amazon also plans to update its Fire TV stick with newer software and is working to get Fire TV software and video content onto more TVs made by other companies. Right now, Amazon sells Fire TV sets built by Toshiba Corp. and Westinghouse, and is seeking more manufacturing partners to better compete with Roku, which features its software in many TV models.

Amazon didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Google's Assistant software is also able to answer follow-up questions on the same topic, in a near-conversation style, but Echo as yet can not.

However, Amazon is not able to offer local broadcast programming on an a la carte basis.

You can turn off the microphone temporarily, too.


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