Cord Cutters: My review of Tablo, a DVR for over-the-air TV

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Tablo is a new DVR for cord cutters that comes without any HDMI port, but with the ability to stream live and recorded TV to mobile devices, Roku boxes and Chromecast sticks. Check out our review below:

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vannazario

Tablo seemed like a better choice for me but the downside is that the built-in tuners do not support QAM. Only ATSC OTA. In my area my OTA signals are weak so I was better off using an EyeTV solution with my Roku’s or could have chosen Simple.TV over Tablo for this reason. Via QAM I get all my basic TV with no distortions so I can’t recommend Tablo if you have poor OTA reception.

RalphF

Here’s what I want to be able to do. Please advise if Tablo would work for this purpose. I no longer live in the city of my favorite NFL football team, but I have friends that would be more than willing to allow me to park a device in their homes. Could I park this in a friend’s house and watch my favorite team on the other side of the country? Can I watch live? Do I record and then watch? Any limitations to this scenario? Also, I obviously don’t need a 2-tuner for this scenario, I would prefer a Tablo 1-tuner (i.e., cheaper) to support this model.

davenap

Looks very similar to Simple.tv. I wish you had done a comparison to that. I have Simple.tv and I am very happy with it.

Bobby

We received one of the first Tablos a few months ago and are very happy with it. It works exactly as advertised and the customer support from the Nuvyyo is fantastic. I highly recommend Tablo.

Robert Drummer

I’ve used a Channel Master CM7400 with dual tuners for the last two years. It records OTA HD but suffers from a number of issues. I’ve hesitated to upgrade to their new DVR+ due to the quality of the CM7400 and the fact that they dropped support and the paid guide service that was available in 2012.

Aereo had been dragging their feet with a Tampa launch so this looks like the perfect solution, depending on if/how they charge for guide services.

TabloTV

Robert – Our guide data subscription is $5/month, $50/year or $150 for a lifetime subscription. The subscription is tied to you, not the device so if you change your unit or want to add a second one, that’s fine with us. You can also choose not to use a subscription, but you won’t be able to use the features that rely on the data to work properly.

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