I'm surprised how quiet this thread is. I guess most people who buy Recasts don't frequent forums or, maybe, the Recast has generated zero enthusiasm?
I've had one of the 1T units for a couple months now and have to admit I am not excited. It just sits there streaming and recording broadcast television. Yawn. I was not thrilled that initial configuration required an IOS or Android device
, but I guess that is how things work these days at the low end of consumer electronics. The fact that the Recast only supports two streams combined with Amazon's one Recast per account limitation really disappoints. Hopefully, Amazon will lift the restriction down the road. For OTA first cord cutters, I would think that the Tablo TV DVR or a TiVo would be a better choice.
OTT first cord cutters, on the other hand might be quite tickled by this humble DVR. Philo and Vue integrate into the Live Channels Guide. For $20/month, you can add three streams of 'cable channels'. For $50/month, you can add five streams of 'cable channels' plus cable news channels and cable sports channels. The Recast adds all your local channels. If you happen to be a Prime subscriber, you can add premium channels via Prime Channels.
If you happen to be otherwise invested in the Amazon Ecosystem, the Recast can stream to Echo Show devices. That is why I bought the Recast. I have seven Shows and now I can watch television on any one of them. Works much better than Plex via Firefox -- for the OTA stuff, anyway.
I first played with the Recast using a gen 1 Fire TV Stick on the TV that sits on my refrigerator. It's a good place to study WAF since everyone uses that TV at one time or another. It's amazing how slow the gen 1 sticks are. I quickly replaced the gen 1 stick with a current gen 4k FTV Stick. That TV has a TiVo in one HDMI port and has not been off the FTV Stick since I upgraded to 4K. My kids love the home screen with favorites, Netflix, and Prime. Philo was a huge hit. Vue even more so except it kind of jumped into the Vue menu a lot.
The Recast is wired and the Sticks and my router are AC. Streaming is flawless throughout my home (I've purchased four more 4K Sticks since). I have a 60″ plasma television in my living room. It’s on an interior wall which is not near ethernet or cable/antenna. I had a TiVo Mini attached to the television. The Mini does not support wireless, so I used powerline adapters to connect my Mini to my router. The Mini was $130 and the pair of powerline adapters cost $100. I replaced both with a 4K Fire TV Stick which cost $29.99. And works better.
I feel like the Recast, paired with current sticks and Prime could be a very satisfying and inexpensive alternative to a premium provider.