Amazon Fire TV Recast Black Friday sale – $179.99 for 500 GB and 219.99 for 1 TB model

Amazon just announced additional Black Friday sales and their new Amazon Fire TV Recast made the list. Both models will be discounted.

500 GB model is discounted by $50 which makes it $179.99 and 1TB model is discounted by $60 which makes it $219.99. Great way to purchase the system that just works out of the box.

Click on the links to read our comparison of Amazon Fire TV Recast to both Tablo and Tivo.

 

 

Lifetime Plex Pass is on sale for $89.99

Plex PlexPass DVR

Plex is currently running sale on the lifetime subscription for their Plex Pass for $89.99 when FLASH25OFF code is used. Code can be used by any new subscriber and is not targeted like their other sales. This is extremely rare so if you are planning to use Plex in your cord cutting adventures it’s a great way to save. If you picked up Nvidia Shield in one of the recent sales it would be a great way to complete the package.

Plex is a very powerful software that allows you to host your own files on the server as well as record over-the-air broadcasts using it’s built in DVR feature. It is not as easy to setup as Amazon Fire TV Recast or Tivo Bolt OTA but it is extremely easy to use and it merges both your Blue-ray rips, other video files and OTA recordings into a single searchable library.

You will need some kind of server or NAS but Nvidia Shield can serve that function just fine for the smaller libraries.

You can read more about Plex and all of it’s numerous features and perks here.

 

NVIDIA Shield TV 4K HDR Streaming Media Player w/ Remote – $139.99 shipped

Both Amazon and Walmart dropped the price of the NVIDIA Shield player to $139.99. This is by far the most powerful device for any cord cutter. In addition to streaming all possible standards addition of the USB tuner can turn it into an OTA DVR with no subscription fees. It is also possible to run Plex server on it, classic game emulators, etc. etc.

You can read more about the OTA DVR using Android TV Live Channels here and here. I also went into comparing this device with OTA DVR to Tablo here.

All in all a great deal.

Here are the highlights from the Amazon page for those interested:

  • World Class Performance – Blazing fast and versatile enough to be a streamer, game console, media server, and smart home hub. Fully customizable, SHIELD continues to evolve and get smarter with new features.
  • 4K HDR Home Theater – Enjoy the ultimate visual experience with 4K HDR quality, immersive sound with Dolby Atmos and DTS-X surround sound pass-through, and the most 4K entertainment.
    Unlimited Entertainment – Apps for all the movies, TV shows, games, and music you dream of. Cord cutting apps. Chromecast apps. View Google photos and search for entertainment with simple voice commands.
  • Google and Amazon Ecosystems – The Google Assistant, Google Play Movies and Music, and works with Google Home. Alexa controls SHIELD hands-free with Amazon Echo, plus Prime Video and Amazon Music.
  • Smart Home Ready – Control smart devices such as lights, thermostats, and cameras with your voice and set convenient schedules with the Google Assistant and SmartThings Link (sold separately).

Cable modem on sale – ARRIS SURFboard SB6183 $45 for refurbished or $62 for new

Owning your own modem should be the first step in eliminating cable company modem rental fees. This will save you around $10/mo based on the provider and will pay for itself in 6 months or less.

Currently one of the best and most stable modems ARRIS SURFboard SB6183 is on sale at two of the stores. This modem is capable of reaching download speed of 686 mbps and upload speeds of 131 mbps which should be enough for everyone on coax network.

You can either buy a brand new one at Amazon for $62 after clipping $7 coupon.

Or you can buy refurbished one at Microcenter for $45.

Either way you are getting a great deal.

 

Here are the main features:

  • APPROVED with Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum (Charter, Time Warner, Brighthouse), Cox and more. If not sure call your cable provider to find out if approved to use. REQUIRES Cable Internet Service
  • Not compatible with: Verizon, AT&T, or CenturyLink
  • Cable Modem only (no WiFi router). 16 download & 4 upload channels
  • Internet speeds up to 686 Mbps Download and 131 Mbps Upload based on your cable ISP subscription. Gigabit Ethernet port to connect to computer or router.
  • Ideal for streaming HD Video and gaming on multiple devices at a time
  • 2 year warranty. Supports IPv4 and IPv6 – the latest Internet standard

Tablo 2 tuner (refurbished) is on sale for $89.99 shipped

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.

Tablo OTA DVR

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

Nvidia drops the price of Shield TV to $180 while removing game controller.

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.