Nuvyyo's Tablo DVR has long offered cord-cutters the means to record and view over-the-air broadcasts, but the viewing options were somewhat limited -- especially if you wanted to watch recorded shows on your TV. There was a Roku channel, but with an interface that was a far cry from the traditional DVR.
That changes today with the release of Tablo's newly updated Roku channel, which delivers a familiar-looking guide and improved overall navigation. And it accompanies new apps for Android TV boxes (such as the) and Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.
The new Roku channel (which is designated Tablo TV Preview and must be installed separately from your existing Tablo channel) brings a wealth of new features to your box, many of them based around a live-TV channel guide:
- Browsing and setting records for the upcoming 24 hours.
- Pausing and rewinding of live TV.
- Browsing and watching recorded shows (also with pause, rewind, and fast-forward).
- Deleting recordings
According to Nuvyyo, forthcoming updates will extend the program guide to a full 14 days, add a scheduled-recordings view and provide search options.
Interestingly, the Fire TV app hews more closely to Tablo's Web app, giving you a 14-day schedule, search functions and access to box settings.
I was able to get a quick peek at both apps, and they're a huge improvement over the original Roku channel. Now it feels more like you're using a DVR, though I had mixed results with different boxes: on a Roku LT, the channel was painfully slow and wouldn't tune in live TV, but it was fast and functional on a Roku 3. Your mileage may vary, of course.
The two-tuner Tablo DVR starts at $219.99, while Tablo's upcoming Metro (which offers a built-in antenna) will sell for $249.99 when it ships later this month. A subscription to Nuvyyo's electronic program guide (EPG) costs $4.99 per month.