Over-the-air DVR: An illustrated guide for cord-cutters

    Although I’ve tried on many events to articulate the distinction between TiVo, Tablo, HDHomeRun, and different over-the-air DVR options, one can solely accomplish that a lot with written descriptions.

    Over-the-air DVR can shortly develop into sophisticated. If you need to document free broadcast channels from an antenna, you may have to string collectively separate tuner bins, arduous drives, antennas, and streaming gamers. While I’m a wordsmith at coronary heart—a truth that ought to quickly develop into obvious from my drawing abilities—the idea is admittedly simpler to clarify with photos.

    So let’s just do that. Below is an illustrated information to the best and most popular DVR options for cord-cutters, with some further textual content descriptions the place relevant.


    Jared Newman / IDG

    TiVo DVRs such because the Edge and Bolt OTA are the simplest to grasp: Just plug in an antenna, then join them to your TV with an HDMI cable, identical to you’d with a cable field.

    The downside with TiVo’s strategy is twofold:

    • As a streaming gadget, TiVo solely affords a small choice of apps, together with Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. That means you’ll want a separate gadget (resembling a Roku player or Amazon Fire TV Stick) for many different streaming sources, together with Disney+, Tubi, Pluto TV, or Peacock. Also, you’ll be always switching forwards and backwards between inputs.
    • Accessing your TiVo DVR on extra televisions requires a TiVo Mini extender linked to every TV. The present TiVo Mini Lux prices $200 per field and have to be hard-wired to your Wi-Fi router except you spend an additional $60 per extender on Wi-Fi adapters. This type of funding is ill-advised given TiVo’s fading interest in DVR.

    Illustrated beneath are some trendy whole-home DVR choices that remedy each issues.


    tablodrawing Jared Newman / IDG

    Here’s the only solution to describe Nuvyyo’s Tablo DVRs: They’re whole-home DVRs that you simply entry by your good TV or streaming participant. Instead of connecting on to your TV, the Tablo streams video over Wi-Fi to the Tablo app, which you’ll obtain on a wide range of devices.

    With this strategy, there’s virtually no restrict on the place you may entry your DVR. And as a result of the Tablo app is offered on streaming gamers and good TVs, you don’t want to change inputs to make use of different streaming companies, resembling Netflix or Disney+.

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