Now that I have 63 OTA stations in my area, and more coming later this year, I find that I see recording conflicts more and more often. Who would have thought that a person would ever need to record more than 4 shows at a time, right?!? Particularly during “Season Premier” months like January, August and September, I found myself trying to decide which series to drop from the schedule because I hadn’t had time to catch up on them yet.
I know I could buy another 4 tuner Tablo, but the whole point of recording things is to have them all in one place to choose from. I don’t want to have to go back and forth between them.
I know, literally first-world problems, right?
Tablo, take my money! Sell me an even better, upgraded, faster, 5.1, 6 tuner Tablo XL
For recording purposes, I rarely stray from the major networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, THE CW, PBS) but on my 4 tuner Tablo, I’ve only come up above the limit on a couple of occasions, and ended up dropping a couple of shows I didn’t really care about anyway. Honestly, I probably watch way too much TV, what with all the OTA shows I get, supplemented by lots of streaming. In fact, many of the series I record end up being used as filler when my main shows go on hiatus, or they end up getting deleted unwatched. I wouldn’t know what to do with a 6 tuner Tablo!
While we don’t watch much TV, I got a 4 TB drive to start, so the impulse is to record anything you might possibly want to watch in the future to start to fill it up. I certainly did that, flagging season recording for probably 50 different TV shows, plus a few dozen movies. In 2-3 months, I’ve filled about 1/3 of the drive. That’s starting to slow down as some of the shows have recorded almost every episode made, and I start to weed out ones we don’t want. I’ve probably only had 6 scheduling conflicts and none were essential shows.
Mine was hot at first, too, until I put it on a laptop cooling pad. Now it’s cool to the touch.
If your $600 is the cost of the components that’s not the real cost for hardware. If it’s the retail costs of various components, costs are recovered based on sales volume over time
For a company like tablo or Tivo, what’s the cost of R&D, engaging a manufacturer like Foxconn, various regulatory certification, spares, inventory, warranty, hardware support, retail chain costs, etc,etc,etc.
Maybe you have or maybe you haven’t been involved with this type of R&D.
As an example, it appears that Nuvyyo, a Canadian company, entered into a vendor agreement with MaxLinear a U.S.A company.
Many times these are business contracts. As such they contain at least three main components: business relationship, technical relationship, and intellectual properties relationship. All parts are negotiated and the contract must pass both Canadian and U.S.A legal rules.
Nuvyyo being a small company may contract out these types of legal services. If they were very lucky it could involve no less then 40 hours of legal work.
Obviously the cost of the product must be able to recover all of these indirect costs.