Tablo Launches Next-Gen DVR for Cord Cutters

Enables Recording of OTA Content With Cloud Access
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The new Tablo DUAL (left) is 20 percent smaller than their previous model (right).Providing a new way for cord-cutters to view and record over-the-air (OTA) broadcast content, Ottawa, Ontario-based Nuvyyo, the makers of the Tablo line of cloud-centric DVRs, has introduced the two-tuner Tablo DUAL, their first new model to include onboard storage.

Retaining the same “local record/cloud access and view” concept as the existing Tablo models, the Tablo DUAL improves the concept in some important ways. Thanks to 64GB of onboard storage, it can hold approximately 40 hours of recorded content. Recognizing that some users will need more storage, the DUAL allows up to 8TB of external storage to be added via a USB connection.

The other major improvement with the DUAL is a compact form factor that is 20-percent smaller than the current models.

Carried over is the same user interface that provides flexible record programming, the ability to record or watch one OTA program while recording another, and flexible selection and playback of recorded programs. When the user adds a subscription to Tablo’s optional TV Guide service, additional features such as a 14-day program guide, out-of-home streaming and cover art, and program metadata are added.

The use of cloud-based whole-home distribution means that Tablo devices do not have standard HDMI or analog outputs. Rather, apps for a wide variety of devices are used to access and select content for record and playback. Virtually all of the leading streaming products have a Tablo app, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Apple TV, and Android TV as well as both iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. Xbox consoles, Roku TVs, Nvidia Shield, and select LG WebOS products are also able to work with the Tablo system, as are Windows and OS X computers via a web-based app.

The new Tablo DUAL provides cord cutters a way to DVR over-the-air content for viewing on most any device, both in and out of the home. It will be available at retail and online from Best Buy and through the Tablo website at $249.99 starting on June 4. The current two-tuner Tablo model without internal storage remains available through a wider selection of retail and online outlets at $219.99. The optional extended guide service is $4.00 monthly, $49.99 annually, or $149,99 lifetime.

A complete review of the Tablo DUAL, along with other new streaming/OTA and DVR devices will appear in a future edition of Residential Systems and online through this site.