I’ve never owned another DVR so my views on this product vs another product is biased.
I’ve owned a Tablo 4-Channel unit since January 2016. I’m very satisfied with this product. I’m using a WD 2GB hard drive and record at 720p @ 3mbps to maximize my HD usage.
I like the ability to be able to watch my Tablo on my TV, PC or Tablet.
I believe that Tablo supports up to 6 devices at any one time.
Live TV is buffered in such a way so that I can stop viewing in one room, move to another room and start watching the same program without missing anything.
Something to take note of is that for every TV you use, you’ll need a streaming device (Roku or FireStick) to use the Tablo. This was an extra expense required when I first setup my cord-cutting system.
There are many useful feature available…
- You can ‘start early’ or ‘stop late’ any program.
- There is a feature to automatically extend live recordings. Useful for sports programs.
- Keep the last x number of programs. I record several news programs. Using this feature automatically deletes the oldest programs without me having to manually delete them.
- When a program is broadcast on multiple channels, you can select which channel you record from.
- You can select to record only ‘New’ programs or ‘All’ programs. This is useful when you don’t want to record reruns.
- You can ‘protect’ a program so that it’s not deleted.
- When you do delete a program, you can select to delete only the ‘watched’ programs or ‘all’ the programs.
- There is a feature to watch your Tablo remotely (outside the home), but I’ve never tried this feature myself.
I wouldn’t purchase this product for the Commercial Skip ability. It’s a ‘premium feature’ that you choose to subscribe to or not. This is a new feature offering and still has it’s quirks. Sometimes it works great, sometime not. Some programs I record CS fails every time. Some programs, CS starts too early or misses the commercial completely. When CS fails or not subscribed to, you can use fast forward to bypass the commercials. This is how it was done before CS became available.
Something to consider is that ATSC 3.0 is coming sometime in 2021. As far as I know, the Tablo is not ATSC 3.0 compatible. So the Tablo you purchase today may become obsolete tomorrow. Now that said, I don’t know how the rollout of ATSC 3.0 will be done. I’m hoping that broadcasters will be required to broadcast both ATSC 1.0 & ATSC 3.0 for some time period. Similar to the way it was done when changing over from analog TV to digital TV.
All in all, I’m very satisfied with my Tablo. I would and have, recommended it to anyone that wants to eliminate their cable bills.