Review: Tablo DVR

by | Mar 16, 2015 | Technology

If you are ready to discontinue your cable or satellite TV service then you need a backup plan to watch TV.  Houston offers dozens of free, over-the-air (OTA) channels accessed via an HDTV antenna but how do you record your favorite shows?  Tablo DVR is one answer and its sleek, high-tech box is simple to use.

Tablo is the first broadcast TV system designed to combine the functionality of a DVR with the convenience and mobility of a tablet app.  It lets users browse, record and stream OTA programming on a variety of devices including tablets, smartphones, and computers.  And yes you can even watch those shows on a good ‘ol television sets with the aid of an HDMI adapter like Apple TV, Roku and soon Chromecast.

The small device connects to an HDTV antenna and a USB Hard Drive.  Accompanying free apps (iOS, Android, web and Roku) provide the interface.  Tablo comes in two variants – two and four tuner – to suit households of all needs and sizes.  Stay tuned for a new version coming soon with a built-in antenna.  $220/$300