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Amazon to Fight TiVo With Streaming DVR Box

Amazon to Fight TiVo With Streaming DVR Box

According to a new report, Frank is a TiVo and Slingbox competitor that records live TV and streams it to your smartphone. We've reached out to Amazon for comment and will include it when we hear back.

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.

Amazon is working on a networked DVR for live broadcast programming, Bloomberg reported Friday. 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.

Bloomberg said Amazon's Lab126, the research and development center behind the Echo smart speaker and the rumored Project Vesta robot, is taking the lead role on Project Frank. There is no release date for the device yet, with Bloomberg noting that the company may still decide not to release the product at all.




The Frank device would potentially work with Fire TV devices and Fire TV televisions from brands like Toshiba, Westinghouse, and Insignia to play recorded content.

Last month Amazon announced the Fire TV Cube, a hands-free streaming box that comes with Alexa built in and lets you control your TV.

As well as recording shows and movies, the upcoming box will also be able to then send that content to smartphones and other devices, the report says - putting it in competition with the likes of Sling TV and TiVo.


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