Tablo has the old 2-tuner refurbished model on sale for only $89.99. It is a great way to start recording live over-the air TV.
See my comparison of Tablo vs Android TV Live Channels for more detail.
There is a new model available now for $149.99 which adds 64 GB of storage but functionality is the same so this is a good opportunity to save.
Overall Tablo is a great product with the exception of “channel surfing”. There is a delay when switching channels due to the way Tablo operates.
Tablo includes a 30 day trial of our EPG subscription. After this you can choose to continue the subscription for $4.99 USD monthly, $49.99 USD annually or $149.99 USD for a lifetime subscription. Subscriptions are tied to your account and not the device, so you can add as many Tablo units as you’d like to your subscription or change your Tablo unit at any time. Learn more about Tablo’s EPG subscription here.
Refurbished Tablo OTA DVRs are lovingly restored at TabloHQ. All DVRs are tested, updated with new software, and include all parts and accessories. These units are covered by Tablo’s 12 month warranty policy but are NOT eligible for Tablo’s 30-day return policy.
To set up your Tablo 2-Tuner OTA DVR you need:
- An Over-the-Air HDTV antenna
- An internet connection
- A compatible USB hard drive up to 8 TB – this is required both for watching live TV and recording
- A WiFi-enabled computer (Chrome/Safari browser) OR a mobile device (iPad/iPhone w/iOS7+ OR Android smartphone/tablet w/Android 4.1+)
To watch Tablo content on your big screen, you’ll need one of these:
- A Smart TV powered by: Roku, or Android TV, or most LG WebOS 2.0 and 3.0 operating systems; OR
- A Set-Top-Box/Streaming Media Device: Roku, or Amazon Fire TV, or AppleTV, or Nvidia SHIELD, or Xiaomi MiBox; OR
- A Streaming Stick: Roku Stick, or Amazon Fire TV Stick, or a Chromecast dongle (casting from an Android device or Chrome browser); OR
- A Gaming System: Nvidia SHIELD, or XBox One; OR
- An HDMI-enabled computer:
- Tablo web app in Chrome/Safari
We’ve all been waiting for this and Nvidia finally delivers. Same device, no controller and $20 less. I expected more of a price drop (controller costs $60 by itself) for the removal of the controller but when you consider what you get for your money it’s still a very good deal. This is an extremely powerful device that can “also” stream.
Other tiers of Nvidia Shield will be kept. So you can choose between:
Apparently this was done in response to the new Apple TV which is now finally 4K capable. There are quite a few more boxes coming in the next month or so but if you are looking for one box to do it all look no further.
Here is the recap of all the features that separate Nvidia Shield TV from the other Android based boxes out there. I think all of you cord cutters will appreciate the additional features. Obviously you can stream from majority of services but on top of that you can do following for all of you cord cutters out there:
- Android TV Live Channels – FREE OTA DVR service with no subscription – more about it here and here
- PLEX server – if you have local media just plug in external hard drive and you’ll be able to stream to other devices from anywhere.
- PLEX OTA DVR and Live TV – with PlexPass – lifetime sub costs $120 (you can also pay monthly and yearly subscription) and allows you to time-shift and record live OTA TV. You’ll have to add the tuner (HD Homerun Connect or Extend) in order to take advantage of this option.
- Tablo DVR – subscription based DVR service from Tablo – subscription costs $4/mo or $40/year
- Amazon Video – as far as I know this is the only Android TV device that works with Amazon Video out of the box.
So if you’re looking for Over the Air OTA DVR and also want to serve up local content to other devices Shield with Plex and HDHR tuner will fulfill all of those needs and more. When you add it all up it will be around $400 but it pretty much takes care of all of my needs in one simple box and is inline with the price of Tivo Roamio OTA yet delivers so much more.
So who wins in the Shield TV vs Tivo Roamio OTA battle? If you’re ONLY looking for OTA DVR Tivo is still an easier to use device but once you start adding streaming, local media and also gaming Nvidia Shield TV is a clear winner.
The new remote-only streaming Shield is available online for pre-orders now to ship on October 18th, and will expand to select retailers at a later date.
Now we wait to see what Amazon will come up with on the new Fire TV boxes.
Looking for a great antenna? This ClearStream 4V HDTV Indoor/Outdoor antenna (C4-V-CJM) is a great choice for any cord cutter. It will pull in both UHF and VHF signals from the long distance (up to 70 miles for UHF). Comes with mounting hardware and a 20 in. mount with a pivoting foot.
Great deal if you need an antenna to add to your setup and right in time for the NFL season to start so you can watch your local team. More about how to prepare for the 2017 NFL season here.
It retails for $149.99 but Best Buy currently has it on sale for $79.99 which is $70 OFF. They also have some Open Box Antennas for $69.99 for even more savings.
This antenna and addition of one of the OTA DVRs will cover majority of most cord cutters needs. You can read more about Over-the-Air DVRs and my comparison of them right here.
Tablo is having a sale on the new Tablo DUAL OTA model. It is currently $50 OFF at Best Buy stores and they throw in 1 year of guide data subscription for FREE.
That means you can get the latest and greatest Tablo OTA DVR hardware – which includes on-board storage for up to 40 hours of recordings – for less than the original Tablo 2-Tuner model.
If you sign up for a Tablo guide data subscription for your new Tablo DUAL before August 19th, 2017 and use the coupon code BESTBUY1 you’ll get the first year of your guide data subscription (a $49.99 value) absolutely FREE!
This offer is valid on new activations only, for US residents who have purchased their Tablo DUAL OTA DVRs in-store at Best Buy.
NOTE – Redeeming this offer before the end of your 30-day free guide data subscription will NOT cause you to lose your trial subscription. Your first year of free guide data subscription will automatically begin when your 30-day trial is up.
You can see the comparison of the older model of Tablo to Android TV Live Channels here.
Comcast Xfinity Mobile is finally here.
It has been six months since the rumors first started circulating about Comcast’s possible entry into the cellular market and today they just announced Xfinity Mobile and provided some details. Service will be utilizing Verizon network and millions of Xfinity WiFi hotspots to deliver voice and data. Comcast is looking to capture approximately 130 millions of cellular customers that are within it’s foot print.
Model is similar to Google Project Fi but the biggest distinction is that Comcast will be on Verizon compared to combination of Sprint, T-mobile and US Cellular under good. Project Fi is also limited to few google branded phones.
They are planning to offer most popular mobile phones specifically naming Apple, Samsung and LG. No word on bring your own phone. Hoping this will happen and any Verizon phone will work on this as is the case with other Verizon MVNOs like Total Wireless or Page Plus Cellular.
Pricing looks better than Verizon own service on the single line and depend on the type of Comcast package you have. Since most of us cord cutters will only have internet service the price will be $65/line for unlimited data. Data is de-prioritized after 20 gigabytes of usage (compared to Verizon 22 GB).
No word if the LTE data service will be throttled as it is with other Verizon MVNOs.
Option I am most interested in is the $12/GB for all lines on your account. Since we don’t really use that much data on mobile (2-3 GB between two lines per month) this will save us a sizable chunk of money even when compared to other Verizon MVNOs.
Customer service will be delivered by text messaging and dedicated call center. If it is anything like their cable service then we all know how that is going to go.
Service won’t be rolled out for another few months and is currently tested by Comcast employees.
Tivo just offered their refurbished Roamio OTA 500GB model on sale for $249.99. This is $50 more than their Black Friday 2016 sale and still a great deal.
As most of you already know this is by far the best OTA DVR system on the market and at this price an absolute no-brainer.
One thing to keep in mind is that Tivo Mavrik is on the horizon and while we don’t know much about this product yet it looks to position itself as a direct competitor to Tablo offering. If you like Tablo concept then it might be worth to wait for that product to arrive.
You can read more about it here and here.
Roamio OTA does it all.
TiVo Roamio OTA DVR has all the right bells and whistles to maximize any HD antenna experience. Here are some of the innovative DVR features that’ll change the way you enjoy over-the-air entertainment.
- 500 GB storage capacity for up to 75 HD hours of recording
Records 4 shows at once
Access to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video and more2
Includes our innovative OnePass™ technology
Automatically skip commercial breaks with the press of a button
Watch shows 30% faster than normal speed with pitch-corrected audio