The Amazon Fire TV Recast DVR may not be much to look at, yet the new entrant appears somewhat hackable as AFTVNews has just documented how to offload recordings. Of course, there are tons of reasons why you might want to do this — such as overcoming Amazon ecosystem lock-in, facilitate offline viewing, or to allow something like Plex to manage your entire video library.
Unfortunately, it’s early days and you have to physically remove the hard drive to get to the (full resolution!) files and it doesn’t appear Plex can assemble or index the encrypted content out-of-the box. Both TiVo and Tablo do this much better. Perhaps we’ll see some sort of programmatic way to ultimately improve the Recast process. Even better would be network access, although AFTVNews does indicate external storage will be coming to the Recast… which would somewhat simplify the current situation.