- 1 Can you Record From FireStick?
- 2 How to Record From FireStick – Guide
- 3 Additional Notes
- 4 To Conclude
If you are searching for a way to record TV shows and live programs from firestick then we have got you covered. The following guide will show you How to Record From FireStick in 6 simple steps.
Recording channels is pretty much a thing of the past now that streaming services exist. Several American networks offer their own catch-up and on-demand services, giving viewers online access to the latest TV show episodes and live channel feed.
Suppose you have an Amazon Firestick device and can’t access the latest programming over the internet for some reason. In that case, you can rely on over-the-air broadcasts instead. In case you didn’t know, OTA channels are free to watch. It includes major networks like ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox, PBS, and NBC.
Now you might ask whether it’s possible to watch and record channels on Firestick. After all, the Firestick a versatile streaming media player. It seems like you and thousands of other Fire TV users have the same question.
Can you Record From FireStick?
Yes, you can view and record live programming on Firestick and other Fire TV devices. However, you do need additional hardware to enable the function. By additional hardware, we mean the Fire TV Recast. It’s a smart DVR capable of picking up OTA channels over an antenna. The device comes in two variants: 2-Tuner + 500 GB and 4-Tuner + 1 TB.
The 2-Tuner Fire TV Recast can record two programs simultaneously. The 500 GB hard-drive inside can store 75 hours of HD programming. On the other hand, the 4-Tuner variant can record four programs at once, with the 1 TB allowing up to 150 hours of HD recording.
The Fire TV Recast itself doesn’t run on Amazon’s Fire OS, and you can’t plug it directly into the television. Instead, the device connects to a Firestick (and other Fire TV devices) or an Amazon Echo Show over Wi-Fi. It means you can remotely access the over-the-air channel feeds and recordings from the Fire TV Recast to your Firestick.
The device basically frees you from the shackles of a cable subscription. You won’t have to pay for a cable package to watch the latest episodes of favorite shows over TV Everywhere services anymore.
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How to Record From FireStick – Guide
Assuming you decide to purchase a Fire TV Recast from Amazon, setting it up with your Firestick is a relatively simple process. All you have to do is follow the instructions in this section.
- Fire TV Recast, over-the-air DVR, 500 GB, 75 hours, DVR for cord cutters
- Fire TV Recast, over-the-air DVR, 1 TB, 150 hours, DVR for cord cutters
Before we continue, here are the things you must need to view and record live TV programs on Firestick:
- Firestick (2nd Gen or newer) and Fire TV Recast (500 GB / 1 TB)
- Indoor digital TV antenna like this one
- RF coaxial cable (might come pre-attached with the antenna)
- Active internet connection
- Network router with strong Wi-Fi coverage
- Android / iOS smartphone or tablet
If you meet the requirements, proceed to read on through the following steps below to set up the Fire TV Recast.
Step 1: Download and Launch Fire TV App
The first thing you should do is download and install the Amazon Fire TV mobile app. If you are using an Android phone/tablet, go to the Play Store and search for it. Fire HD tablet users can get the app from the Amazon Appstore instead.
In case you are an iPhone or iPad user, open the App Store from the Home Screen and find the Amazon Fire TV app from the Search tab. Alternatively, tap one of the links below to get redirected to the app’s download page.
Once you install the Amazon Fire TV app on your device, launch it from the app drawer or the home screen. The app will prompt you to sign in to your Amazon account.
Make sure to enter the credentials of the same account that you are using with your Firestick. Also, your phone or tablet has to be connected to the same home Wi-Fi access point as your Firestick.
Step 2: Set up Fire TV Recast with the Antenna
After you sign in, you will get the option to select a Fire TV device to connect. Tap “Set up a Fire TV Recast” right below the list of devices, then tap Next above the screen to go through the welcome page. If the app asks you to give it access to your device’s location, grant the permission to continue.
The following screen will prompt you to select the antenna range. It should be mentioned on the box or user manual of the indoor digital TV antenna you have purchased. If you can’t find it, tap Next to continue with the pre-selected range.
Now, tap Next again to go through the setup tips. Make sure to place the indoor antenna next to a window for optimal signal reception, then connect it to the Fire TV Recast using the coaxial cable.
You can also mount it to drywall, but avoid concrete or metal surfaces. You can place the Fire TV Recast anywhere you want as long as there’s a power outlet nearby and a strong Wi-Fi signal. The only limitation you might run into is the length of the coaxial cable.
In case your digital antenna comes with an external amplifier, plug it into a power source to get the best signal reception range out of it.
Step 3: Connect Fire TV Recast to your Wi-Fi
Once the app tells you to power on the Fire TV Recast, plug it into the AC wall outlet using the power adapter. The LED indicator on the front of the device will show blue first, then start pulsing white. When that happens, tap “The light is pulsing white” in the app. You will then have to press and hold the Connect button on the back of your Fire TV Recast unit for eight seconds.
It may take up to a minute for the Fire TV app to establish a connection to the Recast, but you should eventually get the option to connect the device to your home Wi-Fi network. After it’s connected, the app will check for firmware updates for the Fire TV Recast and install them. The update process may take several minutes to finish. Also, do NOT unplug your Recast while it’s installing the updates.
Step 4: Scan for OTA Channels
When your Fire TV Recast finishes updating, it should automatically start scanning for over-the-air channels. During the scan, you will see the number of channels found in the Fire TV app. Wait until the progress bar hits 100%.
A list will show you the channels picked up by the antenna. If you are not receiving all the OTA channels broadcasted in your area, move the antenna or rotate it, then tap Rescan in the app. You can repeat as many times you want. Tap Next once you get a satisfactory channel lineup. Note that you can scan for channels later manually, which we will discuss later in this guide.
It’s worth mentioning that the number of channels you receive varies by the signal strength, surroundings, and the antenna’s distance from the broadcast tower. Visit antennaweb.org to check how many free over-the-air channels are available in your area. All it asks for is your address or zip code.
Step 5: Pair your Firestick with Fire TV Recast
Assuming both devices are connected to the same Amazon account and Wi-Fi access point, the Firestick should automatically pair to the Fire TV Recast once it’s set up.
Just in case it doesn’t connect on its own, go to the Settings menu on your Firestick, then select Live TV in the options. After that, visit the Live TV Sources list and select Fire TV Recast. You should get the option to Pair it with your Firestick (or other Fire TV device).
If it still doesn’t work, ensure that your Firestick is running the latest Fire OS version. You can check for system updates from the Fire TV Settings > My Fire TV > About menu.
Step 6: Record Channels on Firestick with Recast
Now that you have the Fire TV Recast set up, a DVR tab should appear in the navigation bar above the Firestick’s Home screen. When highlighted, it will bring up three rows: On Now, My Recordings, and DVR Manager.
Under the On Now row, you will find the listings for channels received via the antenna. You can pick up a channel to watch or set up a recording for it. You can then access the recording from the My Recordings row in the same menu.
If you wish to schedule recordings for other programs, click Channel Guide under the DVR Manager row, or ask Alexa to “Go to the Channel Guide.” You should be able to view all the over-the-air channels picked up by the digital antenna, along with a detailed programming schedule for each channel.
You can navigate through the channels using your Fire TV Voice Remote, as well as schedule recordings for upcoming programs up to 14 days in advance. Additionally, you can set recordings for an entire TV show from the options or ask Alexa to do it.
Once you schedule a recording, you can manage it in the Scheduled Recordings or Recording Priority menu. The following menus are accessible from the DVR Manager row.
The playback buttons on the Fire TV Voice Remote lets you pause, play, fast-forward, and rewind recordings. It also applies to live TV channel feeds.
The DVR section on Firestick will work only when your Fire TV Recast is powered on and connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Firestick. Besides, connecting the Recast to your network router via Ethernet is possible if it’s close enough.
Apart from the OTA channels, The On Now row also shows live content from other streaming services. Note that you will need a subscription to watch them, and you can’t record the content with the Recast.
Whether you have a 2-Tuner or 4-Tuner Fire TV Recast, you will be able to record two or more shows broadcasted on different channels at the same time. You can also simultaneously watch a live channel or a saved recording and record one or more programs.
To access Fire TV Recast settings, click the DVR Settings option under the DVR Manager row. You can rescan for channels, manage DVR storage, set default recording options, change network settings, and restart your Recast from the following menu.
This is how you can record on Firestick using the Fire TV Recast. You can remotely access the channel guide, watch live channels, and schedule recordings from the Fire TV mobile app as well. In addition, the saved recordings can be viewed later from the My Recordings row in Firestick’s DVR menu.
The Fire TV Recast works with other Fire TV devices too, including the Fire TV Cube, Fire TV (Box/Pendant), and Fire TV Edition Smart TVs. If you have multiple Fire TV or Echo Show devices in your house, the Recast should work with all of them, as long as they are on the same network. The setup process should be basically the same as the instructions follow in this guide.
Bear in mind that the Recast can’t record protected content from streaming services like Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, or Hulu. It can only record over-the-air live TV broadcasts. The device is not meant to be used for recording content from other sources. Furthermore, it works only in the United States.