Tablo has announced 2 new models of their network DVRs that come with onboard storage. The first is the Tablo DUAL 128GB OTA DVR for $169.99. It comes with 2 tuners and 128GB of built-in flash storage. The second is the Tablo QUAD 1TB OTA DVR for $239.99. It comes with 4 tuners and an internal 1TB spinning hard drive. As with all of Tablo’s models, these 2 new ones feature 802.11ac Wifi, Ethernet, and a USB port for expanding their storage with up to an 8TB external drive.
Both of these new Tablo DVR models are still available without any internal storage, as the Tablo DUAL LITE OTA DVR and the Tablo QUAD OTA DVR, if you prefer going that route. A HUGE bravo goes out to Tablo for not gouging buyers with ludicrous storage prices, like so many other consumer electronic companies. The cost premium of the 128GB flash storage in the Tablo DUAL is only $20 over the no storage model and the cost of the 1TB drive in the Tablo QUAD is only $40 over the no storage model. That’s less than it would cost you to buy a 1TB 2.5″ drive yourself and Tablo should be commended for that. Bravo.
For those of you not familiar with how a network DVR works, it’s a device that you place anywhere in your home where you can get the best reception through an HD antenna. You don’t need to physically connect it to your TV or streaming device because it makes all of the channels that it picks up and all of the recordings that it stores available over your network. Just install the Tablo App on your Fire TV or other streaming/mobile devices and you’ll have full access to the channels and recordings.
One significant advantage of Tablo DVRs over Amazon’s Fire TV Recast, apart from being $40 cheaper, is that it works through non-Fire TV streaming devices. So if you use a mixture of Fire TV, Roku, Android TV, and/or Apple TV devices, you’ll be able to access the Tablo all the same from any of them. A disadvantage with Tablo is their optional subscription if you want TV guide data, which costs $4.99/month, $49.99/year, or $149.99 once for lifetime service. There’s also an additional $2/month or $20/year for premium features, like automatic commercial skipping, which isn’t available at all on the Fire TV Recast.
The 2 new Tablo models with storage included, and the no storage versions, are available to through Tablo’s website. Tablo DUAL with no storage is $149.99, the Tablo DUAL 128GB is $169.99, the Tablo QUAD with no storage is $199.99, and the Tablo QUAD 1TB is $239.99.