Amazon to Fight TiVo With Streaming DVR Box

It's possible Amazon will reveal this new DVR device at the same time as the refresh of its Amazon Fire TV stick.

The online retailer is developing a new digital video recorder, nicknamed "Frank" within Amazon, according to a report Friday from Bloomberg.

The device is being built by Amazon's Lab 126 unit, which already developed the company's Fire TV and Echo products. An Amazon spokeswoman declined to comment. The concept reportedly allows for transmitting the video stream wirelessly to smartphones.

In June, Amazon introduced Fire TV Cube, which serves as a hands-free, voice-commanded remote for TV sets and cable boxes. Bloomberg's source said, however, that Amazon has yet to make a final call on rolling out the streaming feature.


TiVo shares fell as much as 10 percent in afternoon trading in NY. The device would include physical storage, have the ability to record live TV and connect to Amazon's own Fire TV streaming boxes, the report said, citing an anonymous person familiar with the plans.

Amazon is reportedly working on a recording device that would mesh with its Fire TV service. 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. The group created the Echo speaker and is building a home robot known as Project Vesta. Given the amount of cloud Amazon Prime is given in every other device and service within Amazon, working with this DVR device would not be a surprise. Customers who watch Amazon video content spend more on other company offerings and are more likely to renew memberships.

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.

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