Amazon is reportedly working on a new DVR

Ruben Ruiz
August 18, 2018

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. It would include physical storage and connect to Amazon's existing Fire TV boxes, the living room hub for the company's online video efforts, according to the person. Rumors suggest that the DVR is now being developed at Amazon's Lab 126 R&D center, and we'll probably see a whole lot more, soon. Users will then be able to stream recorded shows to their smartphones.

Neither Roku nor Amazon's Fire line of streaming-media hardware and software record and store video.

The device, dubbed "Frank" inside Amazon, is a new type of digital video recorder for the streaming era. The DVR is being built by Amazon's Lab 126, the same group that built the Echo speaker and is said to be working on a home robot known as Project Vesta.

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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's potential entry into new markets often has a significant effect on the share performance of affected companies.

Amazon was tipped to be in the process of developing a device that would compete directly with TiVo and Slingbox from Dish. Currently, Toshiba and Westinghouse make televisions that run Fire TV.

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