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

The device will connect to the company's Fire TV boxes.
David Lumb, @OutOnALumb
August 17, 2018
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Amazon is working on a new device to record live television in a bid to compete in a market dominated by TiVo, a source told Bloomberg. The ecommerce titan's Lab 126 R&D division is reportedly building the DVR, which is internally called "Frank" and will connect to Amazon's Fire TV box.

Much like TiVo and Dish's Slingbox devices, the Frank DVR as it's currently 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. But the device will also store data locally, something the Fire TV boxes haven't done, which could be a selling point in itself. We've reached out to Amazon for comment and will include it when we hear back.

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