First download the Fire TV app for Android, iOS, or Fire tablets. You can’t set up Fire TV Recast from the Amazon website. Fire TV Recast does not have a screen and does not use a physical remote.
Fire TV devices and Fire TV Edition TVs should automatically pair when they detect your Fire TV Recast. If they are not paired, go to Settings > Live TV > Live TV Sources > Fire TV Recast > Pair a Fire TV Recast and choose your device.
If you don’t see these options, go to Settings > My Fire TV > About > Check for System Update to make sure you have the latest Fire TV software version.
If you have an Echo Show, it should pair with Fire TV Recast automatically, as long as they are on the same network and registered to the same Amazon account.
If you want to watch your Fire TV Recast content on other mobile devices, just sign in to the same account on the Fire TV app for iOS, Android, and Fire tablets.
How to Record and Watch Recorded Content
Watch Live TV on Echo Show
For Echo Show, say "Alexa, go to channel guide." You see what’s on now for all your available channels. To show more, you can say “Alexa, next.” You can tune to a specific channel when you say things like “Alexa, tune to Telemundo.”
Search for Live TV on Echo Show
When you have a Fire TV Recast, Alexa voice search on Echo Show includes results from live TV listings and recorded content, in addition to content from Amazon and available apps.
Watch Live TV on the Fire TV App
On the Fire TV app, tap On Now to see what’s currently airing and watch live TV. You can also see what’s Up Next for each station. The Fire TV app does not include a channel guide for future programming.
You can watch TV from Fire TV Recast on the Fire TV app even when you’re away from home. If you connect with cellular data, your carrier’s data rates and fees apply.
The Fire TV app doesn’t have the option to record shows that come on in the future. You also can’t set a series recording from the Fire TV app.
Fire TV Recast Troubleshooting
If you’re having trouble picking up over-the-air broadcast stations with your antenna, try re-positioning it. Fire TV Recast does not need to be next to your television.
If you get buffering with a spinning circle or loading animation but don’t get a weak signal message, the problem may be with your device’s connection to Fire TV Recast or your network connection, not the antenna.
AppleTV doesn't do OTA. To use AppleTV, you would also need to get a third-party box, some third party software, and a third-party monthly support contract. No thanks.
If the Fire TV Recast just had a HDMI port, then it would be perfect. As it is, I need a Recast + Stick + ethernet adapter. But at least they come from the same vendor and don't have a bunch of hidden costs. Kudos to Amazon. Now, release the Recast+ that includes an HDMI port.
I have been recording a number of OTA programs... I have found that when I start to view a program it works fine..however if I should stop viewing exit then return a few days later the recast does not start up from the RESUME position..I just get a blank screen that times out after a time. I have tried rebooting etc... nothing seems to work. I have to delete the recorded program.. It does not always happen and I find that it appears to be random... This is definitely a bug!! Does anyone know if Amazon will be coming out with a software update soon?
Your FireTV doesn't have telephone circuitry inside. Wifi is different than the signal your cellphone receives. They COULD put that circuitry in a FireTV, but it would cost more.
Someday the FireTV and all wifi devices may have cheap circuitry to receive the new 5G signals broadcast by wireless providers, but that's at least 5 years in the future. It will revolutionize things. No one will need a router or cables if everything in the house has a 5G antenna built in.
The issue you are encountering has nothing to do with telephone circuitry, it has to do with the network you are connected to. Your phones and Fire Tablet are considered mobile devices that can access your recordings outside of your home via the FireTV app. The FireTV cube is not intended as a mobile device and does not currently have the capability of accessing your Recast outside of the network where the Recast is installed (your home).
A possible solution is to view the show on your Fire Tablet and duplicate the screen to your FireTV Cube at your lake house.
Hopefully in the future Amazon will make the feature available to view the Recast on FireTV Cubes/Sticks in the future. It would be a great feature, but it is possible this functionality is restricted because of TV blackout rules. For example, let's say you live in Tampa, FL, but you are a Green Bay Packer fan and most Packer football games are not available in your market. If you have family in Wisconsin, you could have a Recast device located in their home to receive the games and watch them in Tampa. DirecTV and the NFL wouldn't like that very much as they'd like you to pay to view those games if you don't live in the local market and will black them out.