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Tablo Quad OTA DVR Now Shipping

After a several month gestation period, the Tablo Quad OTA DVR is now ready for its closeup.

While Tablo has previously offered a four-tuner, cord cutting DVR, the Quad features their latest hardware — both technologically, in terms of things like 802.11ac WiFi, and stylistically, carrying forward the Tablo Dual and Dual Lite visual cues. As with all Tablos, you place the network tuner wherever you receive the best antenna reception in your home to then stream live and recorded television programming to a number of clients, including Roku and iPhone. But, in a first for the company, the Tablo Quad is no longer limited to the clutter of an external USB hard drive, packing an internal 2.5″ SATA drive connection – and, unlike TiVo drive replacement gymnastics, installation is ridiculously simple.

Don’t take my word for it, watch me knock it out in seconds:

The first batch of $199 Tablo Quad DVRs has sold out from the manufacturer’s website, but additional availability is expected soon. If you absolutely cannot wait, Amazon has a few left… running about $250. And, don’t forget, Tablo commercial skip is just weeks away.

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  • What is the internet connection needed for? Is it just for guide data so that you could give it a WiFi hotspot off my phone for a short period every few days, or does it need a constant connection?

    The reason I ask is that I'm considering it for my camp up in Maine so it would only be used for a few weeks at a time a few times a year and I have no internet connection at the camp other than a WiFi hotspot from my cell phone when I need it.

  • The reason for the internet connection is for the guide and so the can track what you watch and sell that data.

    With ATSC 3 on the horizon, make your investment knowing this product will most likely be obsolete in about 5 years.

  • Wayne, the Internet is used for guide data (as MJK said) and also to stream television beyond your home, if you so choose. A home network is required because Tablo doesn't connect to a television directly - it sits on your net and then streams video to a Roku, iPad, etc in the house.

    MJK, do you know Tablo to be selling customer behavior? Or is that just an assumption on your part?

    Also ATSC 1.0 will be sunset 5 years after each broadcaster lights up ATSC 3.0. Considering where we are, I'd say we have AT LEAST a six year runway. Although things could get messy, as they did during the original digital transition with channels moving between VHF/UHF of differing powers, etc.

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