Amazon could be working on a DVR box to record live TV

Sergio Cunningham
August 20, 2018

Amazon is reportedly developing a new set top box that will allow users to record live TV, providing a way to side-step cable providers when it comes to watching content on-demand.

According to the sources that talked to Bloomberg, while the device is in development Amazon has yet to decide if they want to release it. The device would include physical storage, have the ability to record live TV and connect to Amazon's own Fire TV streaming boxes, the report said, citing an anonymous person familiar with the plans.

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.

According to a tipster speaking with Bloomberg, Amazon's device goes by codename "Frank".

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The Frank DVR has the same wireless technology that Amazon's Echo speakers use to connect to Fire TV boxes. It's also looking to get Fire TV software and video content onto more TVs made by other companies.

Amazon's smart speaker is available in two versions - the full sized $180 (£145) Echo shown here, and a smaller, $50 (£40) version called the Echo Dot.

However, Amazon's Alexa software has a wider range of skills on offer that enable it to link up with and control more third-party devices around the home.

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

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