Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Amazon’s next big thing could be a TiVo knockoff

Amazon’s next big thing could be a TiVo knockoff developing a new device that records live TV, working around cable providers and encroaching on TiVo Corp.'s market, according to a person familiar with the plans. Its Fire TV already streams live content to the Amazon Channels service but can not store the video.

In a back to school sale, Amazon has dropped the prices on a bunch of their Fire TV and Echo products.

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

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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It describes the gadget as 'a new type of digital video recorder for the streaming era'. This would work in accord with the Fire TV live streaming content channel as well, most likely. The concept reportedly allows for transmitting the video stream wirelessly to smartphones. The report also claims that the company will come out with new software for its Fire TV stick and is trying to get more TV makers to build Fire TV into their screens.

Amazon wants to occupy living rooms through its devices and services. A DVR that makes use of free over-the-air programming could close that gap, and offer fire TV owners access to networks like ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox.

Amazon's moves show that the company is targeting a wide range of TV-associated devices including Roku as well as TiVo and Slingbox.

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