While I am a Tablo fan, it’s hard for me to recommend Tablo to people who are not technology enthusiasts for these two reasons, too few tuners and the complexity of adding storage.
I bought the original two-tuner model for broadcast sports, entertainment specials, and a few television shows I don’t get through streaming services. It’s worked well except for the occasional conflict and also switching between more than two channels when watching live TV, mostly news or weather. Buffering waits detract from the Tablo user experience.
I’d gladly buy a new Tablo QUAD with four tuners and a small hard drive, and I think such a device would provide a better experience for new cord cutters too. Let people add additional storage if they need it—maybe from Tablo. That’s another thing that would reduce the friction for new cord cutters, buying rebranded hard drives directly from Tablo that are guaranteed to work with their devices.
Tablo is so close to providing the perfect product for those wanting to cut the cord.