From a marketing perspective, it’s easy to understand why the new Tablo Dual DVR exists. Unlike its predecessor, which required users to bring their own hard drives, the $250 Tablo Dual has 64GB of built-in storage, so users can start watching and recording free broadcast channels with just the box and an over-the-air antenna. That makes the Tablo proposition much simpler at a retail store like Best Buy, which will sell the Dual exclusively in the United States.
But for many people, the original Tablo two-tuner DVR, which remains available and regularly sells for $200 or less, is a better deal. Both devices run the same software and have nearly all the same features, so users may be better off putting that $50 savings toward an external hard drive instead of the built-in storage.
New look, similar hardware
As with the original Tablo, the Tablo Dual doesn’t connect directly to televisions. Instead, users can set it up wherever antenna reception is best and use an app to connect the device to their home network. Tablo then streams live and recorded TV to other networked devices, including streaming boxes, game consoles, phones, tablets, computers, and some smart TVs