It’s not TV. It’s not HBO. It’s Fire TV Recast.

 

One of the most liberating decisions you will make is taking the initiative to cut the cord from cable and satellite TV companies and buy and receive your entertainment on your own terms.

There are lots of options out there in 2019, so you only have yourself to blame if you’re still taking it in the pants by getting yourself locked into a long term contract with any of those companies.

As for me, I am personally still basking in the glow of getting rid of DirecTV and a few months after doing so, the feeling is better now than the day I severed my relationship with them for good after being a customer since 2004.

If you are being ripped off by them (and make no mistake about it, if you’re paying for their service, they are in some way, shape, or form, robbing you blind – no matter what kind of “deal” they have convinced you into believing you’re getting) I could not be more ecstatic about kicking them to the curb.

Now that I have considered my options and after doing some in-depth research, I found out that the one sticking point that you might have if you decide to ditch cable or satellite, is how you are going to get network and local broadcast channels without having a provider that includes those channels in your subscription package.

Well, the truth of the matter is, as it turns out, due to the marvels of modern technology, you no longer need to be a slave to their offerings. Not when, for less than the cost of a month of their service you can buy a easy-to-install digital antenna that allows you to get all of those network and local channels – and then some, for free.

I was gung-ho to see if everything I read about these new antennas was true, and after ordering the Bikuu antenna from amazon.com for $22 plus shipping and handling, I was in business. When it got here I had it out-of-the-box and installed in less than 5 minutes and it worked as advertised.

I was able to pick up 22 local channels, all in crystal clear 4K HDTV. Then it hit me. The one calculation I had not worked out due to my haste in the bigger scheme of things with my newfound freedom from the bonds of cable/satellite tv hell: How to record the network shows I watch without cable/satellite service.

That was the one wrench in my plan that I hadn’t considered and just as I was rethinking my decision that little voice in my head (you know, the same one inside your head, only this one is mine) told me to Google “DVR over-the-air-TV” and what do you know, as it turns out, such a thing actually exists.

It’s called the Fire TV Recast DVR and it is a thing of beauty, both inside and out. The flavor I got has a 1 TB hard drive, that allows you to watch and record 150 hours of TV and record 4 shows simultaneously – all with no monthly fees.

It’s uber easy to use and it works like a charm. It works with any compatible Alexa-enabled device, and just as you can with any other Alexa product, you can use your voice to search for shows, open and control the channel guide, manage and schedule recordings, and help with other requests.

Just say commands like “Alexa, open Channel Guide” or “Alexa, record ‘Riverdale’” and Alexa, obedient digital concierge that she is, she will gladly do your bidding. It definitely lives up to all the hype you’ll see from all the 4-star reviews it gets on Amazon.

So, if you are ready to take the plunge and cut ties with cable/satellite providers and you don’t want to give up all the bells and whistles you got from a DVR, Fire TV Recast is definitely the answer you’ve been looking for.

 

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