Review: Tablo Dual vs First Gen Tablo DVR

This week Tablo, the popular DVR for over-the-air TV, announced a new version of its popular DVR called Tablo Dual. Now, thanks to Tablo, Cord Cutters News got our hands on the new Tablo DVR and have put it side by side with the first generation Tablo DVR.

What Is a Tablo DVR?

The Tablo DVR lets you take your antenna and stream it to all of your media devices and even access it outside of your house. It also allows you to record your favorite over-the-air shows to watch when you want to.

Here is our video review:

So let us start by taking a look at the Tablo Dual vs the 1st Gen Tablo DVR.


  • Dual: 512 MB
  • First Gen : 512 MB


  • Dual 802.11n Dual Band
  • First Gen: 802.11n Dual Band


  • Dual 64GB
  • First Gen: No onboard storage.
  • *Both support up to 8TB USB hard drive


The performance of the Tablo Dual is similar to the first gen Tablo DVR.  The inclusion of 64GB of storage to save about 40 hours of HDTV is nice, but you will still want an external HD. If you own a Tablo DVR already I wouldn’t rush out and buy a new one. We did not notice any performance change that would make us go buy a new one to replace older Tablo DVRs.

With that said, Tablo has once again delivered a solid, stable DVR with great features for cord cutters, making Tablo one of the best DVR options for cord cutters. If you want a DVR that will allow you to access your content anywhere at anytime this is the DVR for you.

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11 Responses to Review: Tablo Dual vs First Gen Tablo DVR

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    Richard smith June 3, 2017 at 8:20 am #

    That’s the main reason I went with the Hdhomerun. Way too long to load a channel. It’s has nothing to do with your internet or home network. The Tablo
    has to transcode the stream which takes a lot of processing power.

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      Gerry Allen June 3, 2017 at 4:19 pm #

      Tablo transcodes the stream (from MPEG-2 to H.264), in part, because current streamers cannot handle MPEG-2. HD connects through HDMI like Tivo so no transcoding is required.

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    b_e_q June 3, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

    Too bad Tablo couldn’t get their internal fractal antennas to work and had to cancel the Tablo Metro model. Would be nice to have everything inside the box (antenna storage, wifi) for a plug ‘n play gift.


    – Is the 64 GB flash storage?

    – Which OTT live TV service has the most local stations in Houston?

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    FranchisePlayer June 3, 2017 at 3:03 pm #

    Question for any Tablo owners.

    If your antenna gets sometimes spotty reception, is this reflected in the DVR recordings? Some days my antenna works well and other days it can’t seem to get a signal or has pixelated images. My assumption is that Tablo would record everything your antenna picks or, or nothing if the signal is weak or the picture is pixelated.

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      Gerry Allen June 3, 2017 at 4:11 pm #

      FranchisePlayer, you are absolutely correct. The Tablo DVR records what the antenna receives. If a plane disturbs the signal, Tablo records that disturbance. That said, our machine tries to “bridge” the drop-outs so that the viewing experience, while choppy, is not too distorted. All in all, an excellent DVR.

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        FranchisePlayer June 3, 2017 at 4:52 pm #

        Thank you for confirming.

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    Sean Berends June 3, 2017 at 10:33 pm #

    I’m interested, but a little too pricey for me.