I am a long time Tablo user, having multiple units in both my homes. They work great for me, and I supplement OTA with Philo and Netflix. Although I started with Fire sticks, eventually I changed over mostly to Roku sticks. I also play around with a HDHomerun.
When the Amazon Fire Recast came out I dismissed it as too expensive and feature poor, and ignored it. Recently Best Buy had the 2 tuner 500gb on sale for $129, and I thought what the heck, might be fun to play with. The new Fire sticks were also on sale for $14.99 so I got a couple of those.
Hookup was easy and the tuners seemed to be “stronger” than a Tablo even when added after a splitter. But, then I discovered the new features that had been added after introduction.
With the Fire sticks I get a channel guide that integrates OTA and Philo streaming channels, and allows designation of favorites for both that appear at the top of the guide. I found out that PS Vue will also integrate, although no other streaming services do.
I am torn because of the convenience of the integrated channel guide. I still love my Tablo but wish it had this added feature of the Recast. I know there are still other limitations on the recast, but the integrated guide is really great.
So, yes, I have Tablo, I have HDHomerun, and I have Recast, so I can watch and record in multiple ways. I like to tinker, and I definitely have plenty to tinker with.
Just sharing my experiences . . .