First, my assumption is that I can’t sell the subscription. Or am I wrong about that?
If I can find a testing scenario that works, then I would probably be inclined to spend the money to reproduce those conditions in the office. For example, I take the modem, router, and Tablo all to the basement and feed it the strongest OTA signal I can while still hardwiring it to my router, and see what happens. If it works, then that would tell me I need to find a way to reproduce a stronger OTA signal in the office. I think I get a decent WiFi signal down there, so it stands to reason that I would have a decent WiFi signal at least in the living room (if not upstairs) to monitor. If not, I could take the smallest TV to the basement.
That test will be a major pain in the butt, so I’m inclined to try the other things I’ve listed first, but if none of those work, and I also have problems with this test, then I’d be likely to not want to spend any more time on it. I know I wouldn’t bother with the Amazon DVR. The reviews aren’t encouraging to me, and I don’t like the 1 TB limitation. The Hauppauge 4-tuner card has stellar reviews and is only $100. The nearly $200 MORE that the Recast costs could go towards a better server.
Just last night, my wife asked why I had a headache. She gets them all the time. I rarely do. I pointed to the Tablo. She sympathetically said that I shouldn’t be worrying about it. “It’s not a big deal. I’m just waiting for you to realize that cable just…works.”