What’s new in January 2019 on Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and Hulu

Neil Patrick Harris is Count Olaf in Netflix’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events.”

New year, new originals for the three major streaming libraries.

Streaming video is only projected to increase by something like a jillion percent in 2019. (That’s a rough estimate.) And by all accounts Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and Hulu are coming out of the gate strong in January. Consider:

Gear up for the third season of The Grand Tour. Can’t get enough of those guys.
Netflix is back with the third — and final! — season of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Maybe they’ll finally find that damn sugar bowl.
Season 2 of Future Man finds its way to Hulu on Jan. 11. It’s never too late to go back in time to save the future of humanity.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, folks. There’s something for everyone in 2019. This is just the start of it.

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Neil Patrick Harris is Count Olaf in Netflix's "A Series of Unfortunate Events."

New year, new originals for the three major streaming libraries.

Streaming video is only projected to increase by something like a jillion percent in 2019. (That's a rough estimate.) And by all accounts Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and Hulu are coming out of the gate strong in January. Consider:

  • Gear up for the third season of The Grand Tour. Can't get enough of those guys.
  • Netflix is back with the third — and final! — season of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Maybe they'll finally find that damn sugar bowl.
  • Season 2 of Future Man finds its way to Hulu on Jan. 11. It's never too late to go back in time to save the future of humanity.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg, folks. There's something for everyone in 2019. This is just the start of it.

What's new on Amazon Prime Video
What's new on Netflix
What's new on Hulu

NBA League Pass is free on Amazon Prime Video Channels through Dec. 20

It runs $29 a month after that.

The NBA season is in full swing. And if you’re looking to watch way more basketball than what you’ll get on broadcast or network TV alone, it’s time to look at NBA League Pass. And it just so happens that it’s available on Amazon Prime Video Channels, with a free trial running through Dec. 20.

After that, it’ll run $28.99 a month, or $169 for the full season. (That’s in addition to your Amazon Prime subscription, which is how Prime Video Channels works.) Some fine print: You’ll be getting live games for out-of-market teams. Games that are televised nationally won’t be available in this package, an blackouts are based on your location. But games that aren’t available live should be available for replay 72 hours or so after they’re played.

Amazon Prime Video Channels is a mouthful, but really it’s just add-on premium channels that live alongside Amazon Prime Video itself. It’s all integrated into the same user interface, and is really well done.

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It runs $29 a month after that.

The NBA season is in full swing. And if you're looking to watch way more basketball than what you'll get on broadcast or network TV alone, it's time to look at NBA League Pass. And it just so happens that it's available on Amazon Prime Video Channels, with a free trial running through Dec. 20.

After that, it'll run $28.99 a month, or $169 for the full season. (That's in addition to your Amazon Prime subscription, which is how Prime Video Channels works.) Some fine print: You'll be getting live games for out-of-market teams. Games that are televised nationally won't be available in this package, an blackouts are based on your location. But games that aren't available live should be available for replay 72 hours or so after they're played.

Amazon Prime Video Channels is a mouthful, but really it's just add-on premium channels that live alongside Amazon Prime Video itself. It's all integrated into the same user interface, and is really well done.

Get a free NBA League Pass Trial
More: 10 Amazon Prime Video Channels you need to know

What’s new on Hulu in January 2019

It’s the return of Future Man. And other things not quite as advanced.

This January we travel further into the future. Not just because it’s a new month, and a new year, but because we get the second season of the criminally underrated Hulu Original Future Man. The year is 2162, and hijinx ensue. And some other stuff.

It’s worth noting that our listings this time around also include upcoming premieres from the networks on Hulu Live, so you’ll find those below as well. But here are the highlights:

Atlanta: Complete Season 2 (FX) (1/1): Two cousins work through the Atlanta music scene in order to better their lives and the lives of their families. Donald Glover serves as Executive Producer, along with Paul Simms, Dianne McGunigle and Stephen Glover.

The Bachelor: Season 23 Premiere (ABC) (1/8): What does a pageant star who calls herself the “hot-mess express,” a confident Nigerian beauty with a loud-and-proud personality,; a deceptively bubbly spitfire who is hiding a dark fami…

It's the return of Future Man. And other things not quite as advanced.

This January we travel further into the future. Not just because it's a new month, and a new year, but because we get the second season of the criminally underrated Hulu Original Future Man. The year is 2162, and hijinx ensue. And some other stuff.

It's worth noting that our listings this time around also include upcoming premieres from the networks on Hulu Live, so you'll find those below as well. But here are the highlights:

  • Atlanta: Complete Season 2 (FX) (1/1): Two cousins work through the Atlanta music scene in order to better their lives and the lives of their families. Donald Glover serves as Executive Producer, along with Paul Simms, Dianne McGunigle and Stephen Glover.
  • The Bachelor: Season 23 Premiere (ABC) (1/8): What does a pageant star who calls herself the "hot-mess express," a confident Nigerian beauty with a loud-and-proud personality,; a deceptively bubbly spitfire who is hiding a dark family secret, a California beach blonde who has a secret that ironically may make her the Bachelor's perfect match, and a lovable phlebotomist all have in common? They're all on the hunt for love with Colton Underwood when the 23rd edition of ABC's hit romance reality series
  • Future Man: Complete Season 2 Premiere (Hulu Original) (1/11): Season two picks up in 2162, and Josh, Wolf, and Tiger learn that their season one mission to stop the cure from getting out didn't work. In this timeline, Stu Camillo is now in power, having created the cure, and launched a plan to relocate humanity to Mars. A shadowy organization called the Pointed Circle seeks to recruit Josh to take Stu down – but are they the good guys, or is Stu? As Wolf quickly acclimates to the strange customs of this time, Tiger struggles with her Biotic identity and searches for an escape. Josh unites the team in an epic plan to save the world, but their time-traveling catches up to them, and they must reckon with their choices and what to do next.
  • This Is Us: Season 3 Mid-Season Premiere (NBC) (1/15): Everyone has a family. And every family has a story. This Is Us chronicles the Pearson family across the decades: from Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) as young parents in the 1980s to their adult kids - Kevin (Justin Hartley), Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) — searching for love and fulfillment in the present day.
  • Butterfly (Complete Season 1) (ITV) (1/18): Butterfly is about the acrimonious relationship between separated parents, Vicky and Stephen, and their division in opinion over how to support their gender variant child, Max. From a young age, their now-11-year-old son has identified as a girl and presented signs of gender dysphoria.

And with that, let's get on to the listings. (For those still doing the December thing, you can find those listings here.)

Coming to Hulu on January 1

  • Atlanta: Complete Season 2 (FX)
  • The Detectorists: Complete Season 3 (DRG)
  • Dot.: Complete Season 2B (Universal Kids)
  • Saints & Sinners: Complete Seasons 1-3 (Bounce TV)
  • X Company: Complete Seasons 2&3 (Sony)
  • 54 (1998)
  • 10 Years (2011)
  • 2 Days in the Valley (1996)
  • 9 to 5 (1980)
  • A Charlie Brown Valentine (2002)
  • A Simple Plan (1998)
  • A Walk to Remember (2002)
  • Alvin & The Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein (1999)
  • Alvin & The Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman (2000)
  • Antz (1998)
  • Babe (1995)
  • Bad Girls (1994)
  • Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
  • Basic Instinct (1992)
  • Beetlejuice (1988)
  • Beowulf (2007)
  • Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)
  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
  • The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)
  • Cake (2006)
  • Capitalism: A Love Story (2010)
  • Chicken Run (2000)
  • Children of the Corn (2009)
  • Chinatown (1974)
  • The Chaperone (2011)
  • The Colony (2013)
  • Cujo (1983)
  • Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas (2009)
  • The Dead Zone (1983)
  • Deja Vu (2006)
  • Destiny Turns on the Radio (1995)
  • Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
  • Double Team (1997)
  • East is East (1999)
  • Extraction (2015)
  • Fifteen and Pregnant (1998)
  • Finding Neverland (2004)
  • Firstborn (1984)
  • Flight 7500 (2014)
  • Fly Me to the Moon (2008)
  • The Foot Fist Way (2008)
  • The Forgotten (2004)
  • For a Few Dollars More (1967)
  • Forces of Nature (1999)
  • Friday Night Lights (2004)
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
  • The German Doctor (2013)
  • Gimme Shelter (2014)
  • Girl in Progress (2012)
  • Girl in the Bunker (2018)
  • Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)
  • Gods and Monsters (1998)
  • The Golden Compass (2007)
  • Grizzly Man (2005)
  • Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (1986)
  • He Got Game (1998)
  • Heathers (1989)
  • Hellraiser (1987)
  • Hot Pursuit (1987)
  • I Am Elizabeth Smart (2017)
  • I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (2003)
  • In A World… (2013)
  • Inside Out (2011)
  • Into The West (1992)
  • Kickboxer (1989)
  • Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas (2014)
  • Kiss of the Dragon (2001)
  • The Last Boy Scout (1991)
  • The Last Knights (2015)
  • Legendary (2010)
  • Lethal Weapon (1987)
  • Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
  • Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
  • Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
  • The Limey (1999)
  • Love Actually (2003)
  • Maximum Security (1990)
  • Message in a Bottle (1999)
  • Mimic (1997)
  • Mud (2013)
  • The Neverending Story (1984)
  • The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter (1991)
  • New York Minute (2004)
  • No Holds Barred (1989)
  • Nothing Like the Holidays (2009)
  • The Other Man (2008)
  • The Others (2001)
  • Patch Adams (1998)
  • Payback (1999)
  • Penelope (2008)
  • Pet Sematary (1989)
  • Pet Sematary II (1992)
  • The Phantom (1996)
  • Pride (2007)
  • Prince of Egypt (1998)
  • Rain Man (1988)
  • Renoir (2013)
  • Rent (2005)
  • The Resident (2012)
  • The Reunion (2011)
  • Revolutionary Road (2008)
  • Right at your Door (2007)
  • Road to El Dorado (2000)
  • Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997)
  • Ron White: A Little Unprofessional (2012)
  • The Running Man (1987)
  • Sabrina (1995)
  • Scent of a Woman (1992)
  • Shattered (2007)
  • Shirley Valentine (1989)
  • Shrek (2001)
  • Skipped Parts (2001)
  • Sliver (1993)
  • Stephen King's Graveyard Shift (1990)
  • Stephen King's Silver Bullet (1985)
  • Stephen King's Thinner (1996)
  • Stone (2010)
  • Surf's Up (2007)
  • Surf's Up 2: Wave Mania (2017)
  • Tangerines (2015)
  • Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)
  • The Two Jakes (1990)
  • The Virgin Suicides (2000)
  • The Voices (2015)
  • The Way Back (2011)
  • The Way of the Gun (2000)
  • The Weather Man (2005)
  • This is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers (1988)
  • To Grandmother's House We Go (1992)
  • Total Recall (1990)
  • True Grit (1969)
  • Twilight (2008)
  • The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)
  • We are Marshall (2006)
  • What's Cooking? (2000)
  • Yours, Mine & Ours (2005)
  • Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)

Coming to Hulu on January 2

  • The Gifted: Season 2 Mid-Season Premiere (FOX)
  • Lethal Weapon: Season 3 Mid-Season Premiere (FOX)
  • Drinking Buddies (2013)

Coming to Hulu on January 3

  • 24 Hours to Hell & Back: Season 2 Premiere (FOX)
  • The Masked Singer: Season 1 Premiere (FOX)
  • The X-Files: Complete Season 11 (FOX)
  • Support the Girls (2018)
  • The Unicorn (2018)

Coming to Hulu on January 4

  • Gotham: Season 5 Premiere (FOX)
  • The Titan Games: Series Premiere (NBC)
  • Sherlock Gnomes (2018)

Coming to Hulu on January 5

  • Fresh off the Boat: Season 5 Mid-Season Premiere (ABC)
  • Speechless: Season 3 Mid-Season Premiere (ABC)
  • Annihilation (2018)
  • The Overnight (2015)

Coming to Hulu on January 6

  • Disaster Movie (2008)

Coming to Hulu on January 7

  • America Funniest Home Videos: Season 29 Mid-Season Premiere (ABC)
  • Lodge 49: Complete Season 1 (AMC)
  • Shark Tank: Season 10 Mid-Season Premiere (ABC)

Coming to Hulu on January 8

  • America's Got Talent: The Champions: Series Premiere (NBC)
  • The Bachelor: Season 23 Premiere (ABC)
  • Manifest: Season 1 Mid-Season Premiere (NBC)
  • Alright Now (2018)
  • The Commuter (2018)
  • The Last Airbender (2010)

Coming to Hulu on January 9

  • Black-ish: Season 5 Mid-Season Premiere (ABC)
  • The Conners: Season 1 Mid-Season Premiere (NBC)
  • Ellen's Game of Games: Season 2 Premiere (NBC)
  • Good Trouble: Series Premiere (Freeform)
  • The Kids Are Alright: Season 1 Mid-Season Premiere (ABC)
  • New Amsterdam: Season 1 Mid-Season Premiere (NBC)
  • Splitting Up Together: Season 2 Mid-Season Premiere (ABC)
  • The Rookie: Season 1 Mid-Season Premiere (ABC)

Coming to Hulu on January 10

  • Chicago Fire: Season 7 Premiere (NBC)
  • Chicago P.D.: Season 6 Mid-Season Premiere (NBC)
  • Chicago Med: Season 4 Mid-Season Premiere (NBC)
  • Match Game: Season 4 Mid-Season Premiere (NBC)
  • Schooled: Series Premiere (ABC)
  • The Goldbergs: Season 6 Mid-Season Premiere (ABC)
  • Modern Family: Season 10 Mid-Season Premiere (ABC)
  • Single Parents: Season 1 Mid-Season Premiere (ABC)
  • Kusama – Infinity (2018)

Coming to Hulu on January 11

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 6 Premiere (NBC)
  • Future Man: Complete Season 2 Premiere (Hulu Original)
  • The Good Place: Season 3 Mid-Season Premiere (NBC)
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 20 Mid-Season Premiere (NBC)

Coming to Hulu on January 12

  • Blindspot: Season 4 Mid-Season Premiere (NBC)
  • Burden of Truth: Complete Season 1 (eOne)

Coming to Hulu on January 14

  • Total Bellas: Season 4 Premiere (E!)
  • Forever My Girl (2018)

Coming to Hulu on January 15

  • The Good Doctor: Season 2 Mid-Season Premiere (ABC)
  • The Passage: Series Premiere (FOX)
  • The Resident: Season 2 Mid-Season Premiere (FOX)
  • This Is Us: Season 3 Mid-season Premiere (NBC)
  • Another Time (2018)
  • The Snapper (1993)
  • Walking with the Enemy (2013)

Coming to Hulu on January 16

  • You, Me and Dupree (2006)

Coming to Hulu on January 17

  • Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja Scrolls (Dubs): Complete Season 1 (Crunchyroll)
  • O (Othello) (2006)

Coming to Hulu on January 18

  • 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?: Complete Season 2 (TLC)
  • A Million Little Things: Season 1 Mid-Season Premiere (ABC)
  • Alone: Complete Season 4 (History Channel)
  • America's Book of Secrets: Complete Season 3 (History Channel)
  • American Pickers: Complete Season 10 (History Channel)
  • An American Murder Mystery: The Staircase: Complete Season 1 (IDTV)
  • Beyond Scared Straight: Complete Season 3 (A&E)
  • Brockmire: Complete Season 2 (IFC)
  • Butterfly: Complete Season 1 (ITV)
  • Casey Anthony: An American Murder Mystery: Complete Season 1 (IDTV)
  • Cities of the Underworld: Complete Season 3 (History Channel)
  • Dance Moms: Complete Season 7 (Lifetime)
  • Disappeared: Complete Season 8 (IDTV)
  • Dr. Pimple Popper: Special (TLC)
  • Finding Escobar's Millions: Complete Season 1 (Discovery)
  • Forged in Fire: Knife or Death: Complete season 1 (History Channel)
  • Found: Complete Season 1 (History Channel)
  • Four Weddings: Complete Season 9 (TLC)
  • Giada in Italy: Complete Season 2 (Food Network)
  • Grey's Anatomy: Season 15 Mid-Season Premiere (ABC)
  • Hanger 1: The UFO Files: Complete Season 1&2 (History Channel)
  • Homicide Hunter: Complete Season 7 (IDTV)
  • How to Get Away with Murder: Season 5 Mid-Season Premiere (ABC)
  • JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald: Complete Season 1 (History Channel)
  • Leah Remini: It's All Relative: Complete Seasons 1&2 (TLC)
  • Married at First Sight: Complete Season 6 (Lifetime)
  • The Menendez Murders: Erik Tells All: Complete Season 1 (A&E)
  • My 600lb Life: Complete Seasons 5&6 (TLC)
  • Natalie Wood: An American Murder Mystery: Special (IDTV)
  • Nightwatch: Complete Season 4 (A&E)
  • Nostradamus Effect: Complete Season 1 (History Channel)
  • Project Runway All Stars: Complete Season 6 (Lifetime)
  • Spring Baking Championship: Complete Seasons 2&3 (Food Network)
  • Swamp People: Complete Seasons 6&7 (History Channel)
  • The Tesla Files: Complete Season 1 (History Channel)
  • Worst Cooks in America: Complete Season 10 (Food Network)

Coming to Hulu on January 20

  • The Vatican Tapes (2015)

Coming to Hulu on January 21

  • Stella's Last Weekend (2018)
  • The Pagan King (2018)

Coming to Hulu on January 25

  • Siren: Season 2 Premiere (Freeform)

Coming to Hulu on January 26

  • Darling in the Franxx (Dubs): Complete Season 1 (Crunchyroll)

Coming to Hulu on January 28

  • Rent: Special (FOX)
  • Cruise (2018)

Coming to Hulu on January 31

  • Bad Reputation (2018)
  • Love Gilda (2018)

The following are available with the SHOWTIME premium add-on:

  • Closer (2004) (1/1)
  • Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005) (1/1)
  • Remember the Titans (2000) (1/1)
  • Star Trek: Generations (1994) (1/1)
  • Star Trek: First Contact (1996) (1/1)
  • Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) (1/1)
  • Den of Thieves (2018) (1/4)
  • Molly's Game (2017) (1/5)
  • I Feel Pretty (2018) (1/12)
  • Warning Shot (2018) (1/16)

What's leaving Hulu on January 31

  • 2001 Maniacs (2005)
  • 28 Days Later (2003)
  • A Fistful of Dynamite (1972)
  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
  • Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
  • Afternoon Delight (2013)
  • Alice (1990)
  • Amelie (2001)
  • An Eye for an Eye (1966)
  • Bachelor Party (1984)
  • Borgman (2013)
  • Candyman 3: Day of the Dead (1999)
  • Comic Book Villains (2002)
  • Death Wish (1974)
  • Desperate Hours (1990)
  • Dysfunktional Family (2003)
  • Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)
  • Existenz (1999)
  • Fire with Fire (2012)
  • Four Rooms (1995)
  • Gloria (2014)
  • Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969)
  • Happy Christmas (2014)
  • Hostel (2006)
  • Hostel 2 (2007)
  • Italian for Beginners (2000)
  • Jane Eyre (1996)
  • Jerry Maguire (1996)
  • K2 (1991)
  • Kill Me Again (1989)
  • Like Water (2012)
  • Little Black Book (2004)
  • Little Odessa (1994)
  • Made (2001)
  • Map of the Human Heart (1992)
  • Never Back Down (2008)
  • Night Moves (2014)
  • Phantoms (1998)
  • Pleasantville (1998)
  • Reservoir Dogs (1992)
  • Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
  • Searching for Sugar Man (2012)
  • Serendipity (2001)
  • Starship (1997)
  • Supercop (1996)
  • Teen Wolf (1985)
  • Teen Wolf Too (19787)
  • Up in the Air (2009)
  • Winter's Bone (2010)
  • Wonderland (2003)

What’s new on Amazon Prime Video in January 2019

New year, new Amazon Originals.

Here’s a prediction for the new year: Amazon Prime Video is only going to get bigger and better. And it’s starting 2019 with a veritable smorgasbord of new originals shows.

Consider:

Beautiful Boy: The Prime Original movie is a deeply moving portrait of a family’s unwavering love and commitment to each other in the face of their son’s addiction and his attempts at recovery. As Nic repeatedly relapses, the Sheffs are faced with the harsh reality that addiction is a disease that does not discriminate and can hit any family at any time. Starring Steve Carell and Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Critics’ Choice nominee Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy will be available in UHD on compatible devices. (Jan. 4)

Informer S1: The Prime Original series follows Raza, a second-generation Pakistani man born and raised in East London. After a series of unfortunate events tied to the color of his skin, Raza is coerced into becoming an undercover cou…

New year, new Amazon Originals.

Here's a prediction for the new year: Amazon Prime Video is only going to get bigger and better. And it's starting 2019 with a veritable smorgasbord of new originals shows.

Consider:

  • Beautiful Boy: The Prime Original movie is a deeply moving portrait of a family's unwavering love and commitment to each other in the face of their son's addiction and his attempts at recovery. As Nic repeatedly relapses, the Sheffs are faced with the harsh reality that addiction is a disease that does not discriminate and can hit any family at any time. Starring Steve Carell and Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Critics' Choice nominee Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy will be available in UHD on compatible devices. (Jan. 4)
  • Informer S1: The Prime Original series follows Raza, a second-generation Pakistani man born and raised in East London. After a series of unfortunate events tied to the color of his skin, Raza is coerced into becoming an undercover counter-terrorist informer. Informer will be available in UHD and HDR on compatible HDR devices. (Jan. 11)
  • The Grand Tour S3: The Prime Original series features Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. In season three, the trio filmed around the world, causing more chaos than ever before as they travel through tricky terrains in Colombia, Mongolia, China, Detroit and London's Stansted Airport, while their giant studio tent remains back home in Jeremy's garden in the Cotswolds.The Grand Tour will be available in UHD and HDR on compatible HDR devices. (Jan. 18)
  • Four More Shots Please! S1: The Prime Original series is a 10-part comedy series that takes a close look at the lives of four young, urban Indian women, giving a voice to a new generation who live and love on their own terms. Season one, brings to light work-life conflicts, ambitions and anxieties that ladies deal with being a woman in India in 2018. Four More Shots Please! will be available in UHD on compatible devices. (Jan. 25)
  • The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle 1b: The Prime Original series brings back the world-famous talking moose and flying squirrel in a comedy about two goofball friends who end up in harrowing situations but saving the day time and again. As their silly ambitions dovetail with Fearless Leader's sinister plans to take over the world, they are set on a collision course with his notorious super spies Boris and Natasha. (Jan. TBD)

And that's just January. For sure there will will be more to come in 2019.

(And for those of you still in December, here's what's still headed our way in the final month of 2018.)

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Coming to Amazon Prime Video TBD

  • The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (Prime Original series), Season 1b

Coming to Amazon Prime Video on Jan. 1

Series

  • Breaking Big, Season 1
  • First Civilizations, Season 1
  • Frontline, Season 36
  • Nova Wonders, Season 1

Movies

  • A Beautiful Mind (2001)
  • Alpha Dog (2006)
  • Brazil (1985)
  • GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II (2018)
  • Going to War (2018)
  • Jane Eyre (2011)
  • Reprisal (2018)
  • Rwanda: The Royal Tour (2018)
  • The Art of the Shine (2018)
  • The Jazz Ambassadors (2018)
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Coming to Amazon Prime Video on Jan. 3

Movies

  • Leave No Trace (2018)

Coming to Amazon Prime Video on Jan. 4

Movies

  • *Beautiful Boy (Prime Original movie)
  • Sherlock Gnomes (2018)

Coming to Amazon Prime Video on Jan. 11

Series

  • *Informer (Prime Original series), Season 2

Coming to Amazon Prime Video on Jan. 12

Movies

  • Final Score

Coming to Amazon Prime Video on Jan. 13

Movies

  • Eighth Grade (2018)

Coming to Amazon Prime Video on Jan. 16

Movies

  • The Debt (2010)

Coming to Amazon Prime Video on Jan. 18

  • *The Grand Tour (Prime Original series), Season 3

Coming to Amazon Prime Video on Jan. 19

Movies

  • Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018)

Coming to Amazon Prime Video on Jan. 25

Series

  • *Four More Shots Please! (Prime Original series), Season 1

Movies

  • Escobar: Paradise Lost (2014)

Coming to Amazon Prime Video on Jan. 29

Series

  • Endeavour, Season 5
  • New in January – Available for Streaming on Prime Video Channels

Coming to Amazon Prime Video on Jan. 13

Series

  • True Detective, Season 3, HBO
  • Vera, Season 9, Britbox

Coming to Amazon Prime Video on Jan. 14

Series

  • Victoria, Season 3, PBS Masterpiece

Coming to Amazon Prime Video on Jan. 17

Series

  • Star Trek: Discovery, Season 2, CBS All Access

Coming to Amazon Prime Video on Jan. 20

Series

  • Crashing, Season 3, HBO
  • High Maintenance, Season 3, HBO
  • SMILF, Season 2, Showtime
  • Shameless, Season 9, Showtime
  • Black Monday, Season 1, Showtime

Coming to Amazon Prime Video on Jan. 21

Series

  • Big Brother: Celebrity Edition, Season 2, CBS All Access

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On the mobile side of things, DAZN is available on Android and on iOS. It’s also available as a Roku channel, is on Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, and you can get it directly on Samsung, LG and Vizio TVs. You’re also able to watc…

Plus soccer and Cricket and MMA.

If you're a fan of pugilistic pummeling of the boxing variety, you're gonna want to check this out. DAZN — pronounced "DA ZONNNNNNNNNE" (with optional reverb) — is a relatively new streaming option that all boxing, all the time. It runs $9.99 a month, with your first month free.

(And for those of you already asking how you can stream the Canelo-Rocky fight on Dec. 15, this is your answer. Yes, with the free trial.)

DAZN features fights from Golden Boy Promotions, Matchroom USA, Bellator, World Boxing Super Series, Combate Americas, and more. You'll get more than 100 fights a year, from the undercard through the main event. And it's the exclusive home of Canelo Alvarez and will feature his next 11 fights.

On the mobile side of things, DAZN is available on Android and on iOS. It's also available as a Roku channel, is on Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, and you can get it directly on Samsung, LG and Vizio TVs. You're also able to watch through a browser, if that's how you do things.

And for you console folks, you can get DAZN on Xbox One S and Xbox One S, as well as PlayStation 4.

In addition to more boxing that you can absorb, DAZN also has soccer (Japan's J1 League, the Chilean Primera Division, and Copa Chile), MMA, and cricket.

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You can once again buy a Chromecast on Amazon

Have Google and Amazon finally ended their annoying squabbles? Perhaps not entirely. But this is a good start.

It’s a Festivus miracle. Both models of Google’s Chromecast — the brilliant little dongle that makes it super easy (and pretty darn inexpensive) to stream just about anything from a phone to a television — are once again listed at Amazon. This follows many months in online retail purgatory as Amazon and Google have continued their little feud, as competitors sometimes are wont to do.

If for some reason you’ve missed what all the fuss is about, it’s this: The Chromecast protocol lets you take a video from, say, YouTube or Chrome or any supported app on Android or iOS or in a desktop instance of Chrome and stream it to your TV. The dongle actually does all the work — your phone just points it in the right direction.

And it’s a pretty low-cost endeavor, too. The latest model of Chromecast is just $35 and tops out at 1080p resolution. (Though it can now hand…

Have Google and Amazon finally ended their annoying squabbles? Perhaps not entirely. But this is a good start.

It's a Festivus miracle. Both models of Google's Chromecast — the brilliant little dongle that makes it super easy (and pretty darn inexpensive) to stream just about anything from a phone to a television — are once again listed at Amazon. This follows many months in online retail purgatory as Amazon and Google have continued their little feud, as competitors sometimes are wont to do.

If for some reason you've missed what all the fuss is about, it's this: The Chromecast protocol lets you take a video from, say, YouTube or Chrome or any supported app on Android or iOS or in a desktop instance of Chrome and stream it to your TV. The dongle actually does all the work — your phone just points it in the right direction.

And it's a pretty low-cost endeavor, too. The latest model of Chromecast is just $35 and tops out at 1080p resolution. (Though it can now handle 60 frames per second, so that's a thing.) The $69 Chromecast Ultra takes things up to 4K resolution and is the one we recommend you buy if you want to be a little more future-proofed.

Does this all mean that Google and Amazon have kissed and made up? We'll see. Amazon Fire TV still doesn't have native support for YouTube, which in addition to being more than a little ridiculous is still a pretty big black mark on it as a streaming platform. And you still can't Chromecast Amazon Prime Video, which is damned annoying. So there's still a little daylight between the two companies' bodies as this dance continues.

See Chromecast Ultra at Amazon
See Chromecast at Amazon

Reviewed: Vizio’s entry-level Dolby Atmos sound bar

The next generation of immersive home theater audio isn’t cheap, but it’s definitely worth it.

I can distinctly remember the day I discovered stereo sound. Laying between the floor speakers in our den, I realized that it wasn’t the same sound coming from the left and the right. Second to that discovery was the first time I listened to Guns ‘n’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction with headphones. It was a seismic change in how I understood music. (Also acceptable answer: Anything from the Rolling Stones.)

The next major leap in my listening life was when I got my first 5.1 surround sound system. First, everything needs a subwoofer. But having audio coming from behind you changes the experience in all the expected ways. (Pretty sure I wore out my DVD of The Matrix that year.)

What’s the summit in home audio? For me it’s been Dolby Atmos. That means a few things. First, it means a pretty major increase in expenditure. I picked up a decent little Vizio sound bar on sale a few years ago, …

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What’s new on Netflix in January 2019

New year, new Netflix. Or the same old awesome Netflix. Whichever way you see it, really.

It’s time to get a little uncomfortable. Maybe it’s because you see your childhood staring back at you when the Carmen Sandiego reboot hits Netflix on Jan. 18, 2019. (I was too old for the TV show, but I can’t remember how many hours I spent with that game growing up.) Or maybe it’s when Trigger Warning with Killer Mike lands the same day. Or maybe you’ll start out your new year with the new season of A Series of Unfortunate Events.

One way or another, 2019 is going to be a big year for Netflix. And January is coming out swinging.

(Still stuck in December? Here’s what’s new for the final month of 2018!)

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Coming to Netflix on Jan. 1, 2019

A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 3 (Netflix Original): In the series’ third and final act, the Baudelaires will stop at nothing to solve the mysteries of the VFD and end Count Olaf’s relentless pursuit.

COMEDIANS of the wo…

New year, new Netflix. Or the same old awesome Netflix. Whichever way you see it, really.

It's time to get a little uncomfortable. Maybe it's because you see your childhood staring back at you when the Carmen Sandiego reboot hits Netflix on Jan. 18, 2019. (I was too old for the TV show, but I can't remember how many hours I spent with that game growing up.) Or maybe it's when Trigger Warning with Killer Mike lands the same day. Or maybe you'll start out your new year with the new season of A Series of Unfortunate Events.

One way or another, 2019 is going to be a big year for Netflix. And January is coming out swinging.

(Still stuck in December? Here's what's new for the final month of 2018!)

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Coming to Netflix on Jan. 1, 2019

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 3 (Netflix Original): In the series' third and final act, the Baudelaires will stop at nothing to solve the mysteries of the VFD and end Count Olaf's relentless pursuit.
  • COMEDIANS of the world (Netflix Original): This global, first-of-its-kind, series will showcase 47 comedians from 13 regions in 8 languages in an unprecedented stand-up comedy experience. The groundbreaking series will feature a range of stand-up specials from comedians diverse in style, gender and ethnicity. Get ready to start the new year off with a laugh!
  • Pinky Malinky (Netflix Original): Pinky Malinky sees the bright side of everything, including being born a hot dog. With his BFFs in tow, this little wiener takes a bite out of life.
  • Tidying Up with Marie Kondo (Netflix Original): In a series of inspiring home makeovers, world-renowned tidying expert Marie Kondo helps clients clear out the clutter — and choose joy.

Coming to Netflix on Jan. 1, 2019

  • Across the Universe
  • Babel
  • Black Hawk Down
  • City of God
  • Definitely, Maybe
  • Godzilla
  • Happy Feet
  • Hell or High Water
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  • It Takes Two
  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
  • Jersey Boys
  • Mona Lisa Smile
  • Mr. Bean's Holiday
  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Swingers
  • Tears of the Sun
  • The Addams Family
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Departed
  • The Mummy
  • The Mummy Returns
  • The Strangers
  • Watchmen
  • xXx
  • XXX: State of the Union

Coming to Netflix on Jan. 2, 2019

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Coming to Netflix on Jan. 4, 2019

  • And Breathe Normally (Netflix Film): An Icelandic single mom struggling with poverty and a Guinea-Bissauan asylum seeker facing deportation find their lives intertwined in unexpected ways.
  • Call My Agent!: Season 3 (Netflix Original): Rising tensions prompt two agents to hatch a secret plot in a new season of showbiz antics with Isabelle Huppert, Monica Bellucci and Jean Dujardin.
  • El Potro: Unstoppable (Netflix Film): A singer makes a splash in the Tropical music scene thanks to his good looks and magnetism, but must navigate tragedy and the trappings of fame to survive.
  • Lionheart (Netflix Film): When her father falls ill, Adaeze steps up to run the family business — alongside her uncle — and prove herself in a male-dominated world.

Coming to Netflix on Jan. 9, 2019

  • GODZILLA The Planet Eater (Netflix Original): With the earth alliance weakened, Haruo weighs siding with the Exif, whose death cult is summoning a monster that can destroy the world.
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

Coming to Netflix on Jan. 10, 2019

  • When Heroes Fly (Netflix Original): Years after a bitter falling out, four Israeli military veterans reunite and travel to Colombia in search of a loved one they'd presumed to be dead.

Coming to Netflix on Jan. 11, 2019

  • Friends from College: Season 2 (Netflix Original): Mistakes were made. Feelings were hurt. Life goes on. Now, with a wedding on the horizon, the gang tries to put the past behind them.
  • ReMastered: Massacre at the Stadium (Netflix Original): For years, the murder of Chilean protest singer Victor Jara was blamed on an official in Pinochet's army. Now in exile, he tries to exonerate himself.
  • Sex Education (Netflix Original): Meet Otis Milburn — an inexperienced, socially awkward high school student who lives with his mother, a sex therapist. Surrounded by manuals, videos and tediously open conversations about sex, Otis is a reluctant expert on the subject. When his home life is revealed at school, Otis realizes that he can use his specialist knowledge to gain status. He teams up with Maeve, a whip-smart bad-girl, and together they set up an underground sex therapy clinic to deal with their fellow students' weird and wonderful problems. Through his analysis of teenage sexuality, Otis realizes he may need some therapy of his own.
  • Solo (Netflix Film): In a remote area of the Canary Islands, young surfer Alvaro Vizcaino accidentally falls from a cliff. Seriously injured, he must fight to survive.
  • The Last Laugh (Netflix Film): Retired talent manager Al reconnects with former client Buddy, a comedian who gave up performing decades ago, and urges him to go back out on the road.

Coming to Netflix on Jan. 15, 2019

  • Revenger (Netflix Film): A former detective hell-bent on revenge infiltrates a remote island serving as a prison for dangerous death row criminals in search of a brutal fiend.
  • Sebastian Maniscalco: Stay Hungry (Netflix Original): Sebastian Maniscalco takes on life's many annoyances with his singularly expressive approach in a live special based on his memoir of the same name.

Coming to Netflix on Jan. 16, 2019

  • American Gangster

Coming to Netflix on Jan. 17, 2019

  • American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace

Coming to Netflix on Jan. 18, 2019

  • Carmen Sandiego (Netflix Original): Carmen Sandiego returns in this series that follows her new international capers as well as past escapades that led to her becoming a super thief.
  • Close (Netflix Film): To protect an heiress from highly trained kidnappers, a lone security expert must unravel a sinister plot — while striving to stay alive.
  • FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened (Netflix Original): The Fyre Festival was billed as a luxury music experience full of social media influencers on a posh island, but the reality was far from the promises.
  • GIRL (Netflix Film): In this award-winning drama inspired by a true story, 15-year-old Lara trains to become a ballerina as she transitions from her assigned gender.
  • Grace and Frankie: Season 5 (Netflix Original): In the return of this Emmy winning comedy, two friends launch a scheme to get their old lives back.
  • IO (Netflix Film): One of the last survivors on Earth, a teen races to cure her poisoned planet before the final shuttle to a distant space colony leaves her stranded.
  • Soni (Netflix Film): While fighting crimes against women in Delhi, a short-fused policewoman and her level-headed female boss grapple with gender issues in their own lives.
  • The World's Most Extraordinary Homes: Season 2 Part B (Netflix Original): Award-winning architect Piers Taylor and actress/property enthusiast Caroline Quentin continue to travel the globe touring striking homes.
  • Trigger Warning with Killer Mike (Netflix Original): In this subversive comedy documentary series, rapper and activist Killer Mike and a team of funny correspondents explore socially relevant topics.
  • Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 5 (Netflix Original): This season, the trolls get lost in wormholes, journey to the Fountain of Glitter, go for a ride in a submarine, play in the snow and more.

Coming to Netflix on Jan. 21, 2019

  • Justice (Netflix Original): Instead of joining her father's law firm as her family expects, Farah strikes out on her own as a defense attorney after returning home to Abu Dhabi.

Coming to Netflix on Jan. 24, 2019

  • Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (Netflix Original): Get a unique look inside the mind of an infamous serial killer with this cinematic self-portrait crafted from statements made by Ted Bundy.
  • Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Coming to Netflix on Jan. 25, 2019

  • Animas (Netflix Film): When her best friend starts acting odd after a strange accident, a young woman descends into a living hell where nightmare and reality are blurred.
  • Black Earth Rising (Netflix Original): A contemporary thriller that follows the difficult journey of a woman, a Rwandan orphaned by the genocide, raised in London by an adopted mother, trying to discover the truth of her past. The series examines the West's relationship with Africa, set in a world of prosecution of war crimes.
  • Club de Cuervos: Season 4 (Netflix Original): Chava and Isabel come to terms with their futures and the future of the Cuervos in an all-new season of surprises.
  • Kingdom (Netflix Original): In a kingdom defeated by corruption and famine, a mysterious rumor of the king's death spreads as does a strange plague that renders the infected immune to death and hungry for flesh. The crown prince, fallen victim to a conspiracy, sets out on a journey to unveil the evil behind it all and save his people.
  • Medici: The Magnificent (Netflix Original): He already sacrificed his dreams of being an artist and marrying his true love. Will building and protecting the Medici legacy cost him his soul too?
  • Polar (Netflix Film): The world's top assassin, Duncan Vizla, aka The Black Kaiser, is settling into retirement when his former employer marks him as a liability to the firm. Against his will, he finds himself back in the game going head to head with an army of younger, faster, ruthless killers who will stop at nothing to have him silenced.
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 4 Part 2 (Netflix Original): As the series comes to a hilarious and moving close, Kimmy has to choose between helping her friends, Titus (Tituss Burgess), Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski) and Lillian (Carol Kane), and helping someone she's never put first before: herself. This final season includes a double-sized "Sliding Doors" episode exploring how the main characters' lives might have been different if Kimmy had never been kidnapped.

Coming to Netflix on Jan. 27, 2019

  • Z Nation: Season 5

Coming to Netflix on Jan. 29, 2019

  • Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias: One Show Fits All (Netflix Original): In a new comedy special for 2019, Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias discusses his teenage son, encounters with Snoop Dogg and an overzealous fan, and more.
  • Marvel Studios' Ant-Man and the Wasp

Coming to Netflix on Jan. 30, 2019

  • Disney-Pixar's The Incredibles 2

Coming Soon

  • Marvel's The Punisher: Season 2 (Netflix Original)

What's leaving Netflix Jan. 1, 2019

  • Beethoven's Christmas Adventure
  • Blade
  • Blade II
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula
  • Catwoman
  • Face/Off
  • Finding Neverland
  • Friday Night Lights
  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
  • I Am Ali
  • Interview with the Vampire
  • Into the Wild
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Fifteenth Year
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Seventeenth Year
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Sixteenth Year
  • Like Water for Chocolate
  • Love Actually
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
  • Marie Antoinette
  • Meet the Fockers
  • Meet the Parents
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • Monsters vs. Aliens
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Rent
  • Sharknado
  • Sharknado 2: The Second One
  • Sharknado 3
  • Sharknado 5
  • Sharknado: The 4th Awakens
  • The 6th Day
  • The Godfather
  • The Godfather: Part II
  • The Godfather: Part III
  • The Green Mile
  • The Iron Giant
  • The Princess Diaries
  • The Queen of the Damned
  • The Reaping
  • The Shining

What's leaving Netflix Jan. 4, 2019

  • Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World

What's leaving Netflix Jan. 13, 2019

  • It Follows

What's leaving Netflix Jan. 14, 2019

  • Armageddon

What's leaving Netflix Jan. 18, 2019

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

What's leaving Netflix Jan. 19, 2019

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Amazon Fire TV Recast Review

Amazon makes watching and recording over-the-air easy — so long as you’ve got a Fire TV device.

It used to be that getting rid of cable and switching to an all-streaming solution meant you probably would be giving up your local channels. And it almost certainly meant that you’d lose the ability to record them, at least easily.

That’s changed a good bit in 2018. Many streaming services now include the major local broadcast channels. And products like Tablo (and to a different extent, HDHomerun) have made watching over-the-air TV throughout your home a relatively simple endeavor.

Now it’s Amazon’s turn with a combination over-the-air TV tuner/digital record — the Amazon Fire TV Recast.

More: The best over-the-air antennas

OTA TV/DVR

Amazon Fire TV Recast

An excellent, if expensive, addition.

A way to watch and rec…

Amazon makes watching and recording over-the-air easy — so long as you've got a Fire TV device.

It used to be that getting rid of cable and switching to an all-streaming solution meant you probably would be giving up your local channels. And it almost certainly meant that you'd lose the ability to record them, at least easily.

That's changed a good bit in 2018. Many streaming services now include the major local broadcast channels. And products like Tablo (and to a different extent, HDHomerun) have made watching over-the-air TV throughout your home a relatively simple endeavor.

Now it's Amazon's turn with a combination over-the-air TV tuner/digital record — the Amazon Fire TV Recast.

More: The best over-the-air antennas

OTA TV/DVR

Amazon Fire TV Recast

An excellent, if expensive, addition.

A way to watch and record over-the-air TV is a great addition to Amazon Fire TV, and the recast makes it easy. It also makes it expensive.

$229/$279 at Amazon

The Good

  • Easy to set up
  • Integrates well with Fire TV
  • Simple DVR function
  • Works with Amazon Alexa

The Bad

  • Is fairly expensive
  • Only works with Fire TV
  • Transcoding hurts video quality
  • Max 2 simultaneous streams

It's easy and it works great

Amazon Fire TV Recast What I Liked

The Amazon Fire TV Recast very much resembles products we've seen before. Most specifically, Tablo, which takes over-the-air TV and broadcasts it through your home network, while also allowing you to easily record shows.

The Recast takes that premise and makes it even easier. No accounts to create. No monthly billing for guide access. No external hard drives to deal with. You just buy the thing, plug it in, set it up, and start watching (and recording) on an Amazon Fire TV device, on an Android or iOS device, or on the Amazon Echo Show.

There are two models from which to choose. One has two tuners and a 500-gigabyte hard drive. It costs $229. The other doubles both of those specs — four tuners and a 1-terabyte hard drive — and costs $279. These are not inexpensive OTA streamers.

Live shows from Amazon Fire TV Recast live on the Fire TV home page.

The setup is extremely simple. Plug in an antenna. Plug in the power. Use your phone (or a Fire TV device) to set the thing up on your network. Scan for channels. Watch TV. That's it.

Amazon has done a brilliant job integration the Recast into its home screen. Scroll down a few rows, and there are all of your live channels. (Interesting is that if you also subscribed to Amazon Prime Video Channels — say, HBO, those channels also will appear in this home screen section.) It's all perfectly integrated — maybe to a fault. I actually passed over this section the first few times. But there it is.

And Amazon's on-screen guide may be the best I've seen from anyone who does this sort of thing. It's fast (Amazon is known for obsessing exactly as much as it should over that sort of thing), and easy to read.

Same goes for the experience of recording shows. I couldn't even tell you if there were instructions in the box for that sort of thing, because at no time would I have needed them. Everything works through the Alexa Voice Remote exactly how you'd expect it to. And if voice control is more of your thing, you can just tell Alexa to pause or rewind or record or delete or whatever.

The Amazon Fire TV Recast is, in a word, simple.

The Amazon Fire TV Recast on-screen guide is maybe the best we've seen from this sort of product.

But there are limitations

Amazon Fire TV Recast What I Didn't Like

That's not to say the Recast isn't without its faults. Or, rather, caveats. It's not that there's really anything wrong with the Recast — you just need to know its limitations.

First — and most important — is that this works with Amazon Fire TV devices. That includes the new Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, and the lesser (and more expensive) Fire TV Cube. You're able to watch all this OTA through any of those devices, as well as through the Amazon Fire TV (not the Prime Video) app on an Android or iOS device.

If you're using Apple TV or Roku or Android TV or something else, then the Recast is not for you. It just won't work. That's a big limitation.

This is a great product, but there are limitations.

Second is that you can only watch up to two streams simultaneously. That's whether you're using the two-tuner Recast or the four-tuner recast. There are all sorts of permutations for watching live and recording in the background, but you can only watch on two devices at once. For some folks, that may be just fine. And if so, great. But in my four-person household, I've bumped up against that plenty of times with other OTA tuners — especially if we're hosting a football party or the like.

What are all the recording and live-streaming permutations, you ask? Here's how Amazon does the math:

With a 2-tuner Fire TV Recast, you can either:

  • Record up to 2 programs at once,
  • Watch up to 1 live and 1 recorded program on different devices, while recording another;
  • Watch up to 2 recorded programs on different devices, while recording 2 programs in the background; OR
  • Watch up to 2 live programs on different devices at once.

With a 4-tuner Fire TV Recast, you can either:

  • Record up to 4 programs at once;
  • Watch up to 1 live and 1 recorded program on different devices, while recording up to 3 other programs in the background;
  • Watch up to 2 recorded programs on different devices, while recording up to 4 programs in the background; OR
  • Watch up to 2 live programs on different devices at once while recording up to 2 other programs in the background.

So there are options. But the live streaming is what's most important to me. Your requirements may well vary.

Then there's the matter of video quality. Over-the-air TV comes in at a maximum resolution of 1080i. (Think pretty much like the 1080p you're used to hearing about, just not quite the same, and not quite as good.) Sometimes it'll come in at 720p or even 480p. But never more than 1080i. But the Recast (and like it, Tablo) takes the incoming video and transcodes it to a different format, to make it easier to stream and record. And in doing so, you lose some quality. The Fire TV Recast will never play back a show at anything better than 720p resolution.

That might not be a big deal if you're watching on your phone, or on the Echo Show. You probably won't notice the lower resolution. But it's definitely noticeable on my 4K TV in the living room. That's one thing that's kept me with HDHomerun all these years, and it's a big strike (in my eyes, anyway) against the Recast.

Again, none of those things are what I'd consider to be flaws in the Fire TV Recast. It's doing what it's supposed to do, and it's doing it very well. But those are limitations in what it can do.

The Amazon Fire TV Recast is a big, black box.

Amazon Fire TV Recast

Should You Buy It? Maybe

The Amazon Fire TV Recast is a very good product. It's a great little piece of tech because it's easy to set up, and easy to use, and it integrates into the Amazon Fire TV beautifully. It is very well done.

4 out of 5

The question you have to ask yourself is whether the limitations are deal-breakers. If you don't use an Amazon Fire TV — either one of the things you plug in, like the Fire TV Stick 4K or Fire TV Cube, or an Amazon Fire TV Edition (which uses Amazon Fire TV as its operating system) or intend to only watch on a phone or tablet or Echo Show — then you're out of luck. Full stop.

If you don't care about recording over-the-air TV, then save yourself some money and look elsewhere, too. Either HDHomerun or Tablo. Because Fire TV Recast is expensive. You can get a four-tuner HDHomerun Quatro for half the price of a Recast.

And then there's the matter of video quality. Watching 1080i video transcoded and compressed to within an inch of its life just isn't worth it for me — particularly if I'm able to watch the same thing through a streaming service.

So ask yourself if those things are worth it for you. If so? Snag a Recast. You'll be happy with it. But if not, there are better options.

$229/$279 at Amazon