Plug in a $70 tuner into your antenna to watch and record broadcast TV it’s that simple, as long as you have a Shield TV and TV Antenna. Instead of $180 for one of Tablo’s all in one boxes you just need this tuner and the Tablo engine app.
At first, tuner buyers will get access to six months of guide data for free. Once the introductory period is over, however, while they can watch live TV and view up to 24 hours of guide data without a subscription, accessing 14 days of the guide and getting a one-click record option will come at a cost. The price is $4 per month, or $40 paid annually.
Live TV: Watch, pause and rewind live TV in stunning full HD quality
Fast Channel Changes: Tune to live TV in seconds from the live TV grid guide
Recording & Time Shifting: Watch, pause, rewind and fast forward completed and in-progress recordings
14-Day Live TV Grid Guide: Browse and set recordings for shows airing over the next 14 days
5.1 Surround Sound: Enable Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound pass-through for a premium audio experience
Tablo Engine will also work with the ‘Hauppauge WinTV-dualHD USB tuner stick. The dual-tuners built into Tablo Tuner allow for watching and recording a different channel at the same time. Naturally, to record TV, you’re going to need plenty of storage depending on what SHIELD model you have, so I hope you have an external hard drive. On the Shield TV Pro it’ll store its MPEG2 recordings on the internal hard drive first, on the 16GB model you’ll need external storage attached. There’s also a web app to help you manage recordings when you’re not in front of the TV.
The Tablo Tuner is available starting today for $69.99 USD/$89.99 CAD from the Tablo store. The Tablo Engine app is a free download from the Play Store, and buyers of a Tablo Tuner will get a free 6-month subscription to the guide data package. After this you’ll be paying $3.99 USD/$4.99 CAD monthly or $39.99 USD/$49.99 annually for this package.