Can I schedule recordings when I’m away from home?
You can start recording any live over-the-air program that’s currently airing via the Fire TV mobile app. The mobile app does not currently support scheduling a recording of a program that will air in the future.
that is terrible - and it's still not a feature. It makes me wonder how much amazon paid for all the glowing recast reviews - i dropped my tivo and cable for it and it was a bad decision. Heck, the only reason I tried to focus my purchases on Amazon supplied content was the supposed integrated ecosystem - little did I know.
You can remotely schedule shows or series to be recorded if you have a fire tv or fire stick. So if you had one at work, during your lunch you could just hook it up to your monitor, remotely schedule, and unhook. Another option is you could FIND / Search for shows or movies you want to record on your computer by using tvguide.com/listings/, then use the alexa app on your phone to schedule a recording. I believe this would work.
I do agree though, that the ability to remotely schedule a recording is definitely something that should be improved on.
I read (and was told by Amazon support) that the FireTV stick(s) and the Recast have to be on the same network to communicate and so taking a FireTV stick with you somewhere else will NOT allow you to view anything or remotely schedule recordings on the Recast. The app is the ONLY way to stream or communicate with the Recast outside your home network so I suspect using Alexa via the app would also work to schedule recordings but I haven't tried that yet and don't know how reliable it would be.
My guesses as to why the app doesn't currently have channel guide listings include who is going to be the ones serving up the channel guide info to the multitude of devices that may want it outside the FireTV environment and who is going to pay for the additional overhead? Is it going to be uploaded from your Recast, Amazon or Gracenote? Does the current agreement for the channel guide info between Amazon and Gracenote allow for the distribution to 3rd party devices? I can see where the additional data requirements and possibly additional infrastructure to do that could get expensive and with the Recast being the only OTA DVR out there that I know of that doesn't charge you for the channel guide data via a monthly fee, these things seem to be the most likely reasons why it's not there but I gave up a long time ago why Amazon does certain things the way they do.
Don't get me wrong, I would like it also but If my guesses are correct, it then poses the question on whether one would still want it if there was an additional monthly fee to get it or do you just expect Amazon to tee it up to who knows how many additional phones, tablets, laptops, etc. that would involve and at what cost? I know for me, not having a monthly subscription fee like Tivo, Tablo and others do was a strong selling point.
JMichels - You have to stream from the Recast via the FireTV app. You can not only stream recorded content but live content as well. I was hundreds of miles away from home last week and streamed my local channels live without issues. I even cast the stream from my phone to a TV where I was at and had the ability to manually adjust the stream rate as well. Actually was pretty impressed, especially with regards to being able to stream my local stations outside my home area like that.
You CAN schedule a recording for "currently playing shows" thru the app by clicking on the three dots in the lower right corner and select "Record". There just isn't a guide to schedule programs to record in the future.
I agree, it would be a nice feature to have but complaining here (aka: a user forum) most times won't get much attention. Go to your Amazon account and use the feedback function to send in such requests.