Tablo is Bringing DVR Capabilities to the Xbox One

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Microsoft understands that games comes first for the Xbox-faithful. They announced last June that they no longer planned to add DVR functionality to the Xbox One in order to focus on the gaming experience. Microsoft’s current solution involves spending at least $100 on an antenna and USB device from Hauppauge, and no recording capability.

Many who dreamed of an all-in-one home entertainment solution believed they would have to wait for yet another generation of consoles before that could happen.

Enter Tablo. The free Tablo Xbox One app is available from the Xbox App Store and connects to existing Tablo hardware in your home. The app is free, but the required hardware is not cheap and starts at $219.99. However, when Paste reviewed the Tablo network DVR we found that a full set up including Tablo OTA DVR, antenna, and the $4.99/month subscription pays for itself less than a year after cutting the cable.

The built-in dual band WiFi means the Tablo can be positioned anywhere in your house to get the best antenna signal. This is important for those who do their gaming in the basement where an antenna is unlikely to pick up many stations.

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The DVR functionality does have some limitations, however. It doesn’t record any paid cable channels (like Comedy Network), nor does it record to the Xbox One itself (a separate USB drive is required). However, one Tablo OTA DVR can stream simultaneously to multiple devices including Android, iOS, Roku, or any Chrome browser.

When asked about plans for other consoles, Nuvyyo responded, “we’re always looking to expand our list of supported devices so we may look into the feasibility of supporting other platforms in the future.”

We also asked about Tablo Connect, which lets you view live and recorded TV when away from home. Though it’s not supported on the Xbox One, it continues to be a feature on more portable devices “including smartphones, tablets, PC/MAC and Android-based streaming devices like the Amazon Fire TV and Xiaomi Mi Box.”
Microsoft understands that games comes first for the Xbox-faithful. They announced last June that they no longer planned to add DVR functionality to the Xbox One in order to focus on the gaming experience. Microsoft’s current solution involves spending at least $100 on an antenna and USB device from Hauppauge, and no recording capability.

Many who dreamed of an all-in-one home entertainment solution believed they would have to wait for yet another generation of consoles before that could happen.

Enter Tablo. The free Tablo Xbox One app is available from the Xbox App Store and connects to existing Tablo hardware in your home. The app is free, but the required hardware is not cheap and starts at $219.99. However, when Paste reviewed the Tablo network DVR we found that a full set up including Tablo OTA DVR, antenna, and the $4.99/month subscription pays for itself less than a year after cutting the cable.

The built-in dual band WiFi means the Tablo can be positioned anywhere in your house to get the best antenna signal. This is important for those who do their gaming in the basement where an antenna is unlikely to pick up many stations.

Screen Shot 2016-11-15 at 12.25.25 AM.png

The DVR functionality does have some limitations, however. It doesn’t record any paid cable channels (like Comedy Network), nor does it record to the Xbox One itself (a separate USB drive is required). However, one Tablo OTA DVR can stream simultaneously to multiple devices including Android, iOS, Roku, or any Chrome browser.

When asked about plans for other consoles, Nuvyyo responded, “we’re always looking to expand our list of supported devices so we may look into the feasibility of supporting other platforms in the future.”

We also asked about Tablo Connect, which lets you view live and recorded TV when away from home. Though it’s not supported on the Xbox One, it continues to be a feature on more portable devices “including smartphones, tablets, PC/MAC and Android-based streaming devices like the Amazon Fire TV and Xiaomi Mi Box.”

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