The price of cord cutting may be going up for some folks with internet TV services YouTube TV and Fubo TV have both announcing price hikes in the past few weeks. But there’s another option — just hook up an antenna and watch over-the-air TV.
This week Tablo just announced two new products, both of which feature multiple TV tuners and built-in storage.
The new Tablo Dual 128GB OTA DVR is a $170 model that features 2 TV tuners and enough storage to save up to 80 hours of HD video.
With two tuners, you can watch one TV channel while recording another, or record two channels at once.
If you need more tuners or storage, the new Tablo Quad 1TB OTA DVR is a $240 model with four tuners and enough storage space for up to 700 hours of programming.
Tablo also makes it easy to upgrade the storage. You can power down the unit, open it up with a screwdriver, and replace the included SATA hard drive with a new model. If you don’t even want to do that, you can also connect a USB hard drive.
Want to save a few bucks and don’t need the built-in storage at all? Tablo’s Dual Lite OTA DVR is still available for $150 and works with USB storage, as does the $200 Tablo QUAD OTA DVR. They’re basically the same as the new models, but they don’t come with any internal storage.
The company offers apps for most major smart TV platforms including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Samsung, and LG. And you can also use PC, Mac, Android, and iOS apps to stream live or recorded TV to a computer or mobile device.
One thing to keep in mind though, is that you only get 24 hours of TV guide data for free. If you want to schedule recordings manually, you can do that. But if you want two weeks of guide data, support for one-touch recording of an entire series, and other common DVR features then you’re going to need to pay for a subscription.
Tablo’s TV Guide data subscriptions start at $5 per month, but there are discounts if you pay by the year or sign up for a lifetime subscription. There’s also an optional Tablo Premium service that brings support for automatic commercial skipping for another $2/month (or $20/year).
Sure, an over-the-air DVR won’t get you all the same channels available via Internet TV, cable, or satellite. But $5 to $7 per month is a whole lot less than you’d end up paying to get any of those services.
The only catch is that your reception may vary depending on your location — I gave up on broadcast TV a few years ago after I got tired of trying to reposition my antenna to avoid the tall building and other obstructions between it and the nearest broadcast towers.
via AFTV News