Last updated date: April 3, 2019

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 62 expert reviews, the Tablo Tablo Dual LITE OTA DVR placed 5th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
430 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
All told, you'll spend about $400 for the Tablo DVR, a hard drive, lifetime service, and a streaming TV device to watch on. That's cheaper than any roll-your-own solution, and comparable to TiVo's Roamio OTA DVR, which only works with a single television.
- TechHive
The Dual Lite OTA lets you watch six shows simultaneously.
- Top Ten Reviews
The Tablo Dual OTA DVR still does its thing without a subscription, allowing you to manually set recordings and view a guide, albeit without the artwork, improved filtering, or remote viewing.
- Digital Trends
It does this by connecting to an HDTV antenna to grab over-the-air signals from your local station, and storing any show you select to an external hard drive - though, in the case of the new Tablo Dual Lite, it’s on you to provide both the external hard drive and the external antenna. Once your show is recorded, you can then stream it to any of the devices listed above.
- Tech Radar
March 27, 2018 | Full review
It has 2 built-in Over-the-Air ATSC Tuners, and has both wireless and wired network capability. Add a USB hard drive of your choice, and a storage capability that is incredible, since it supports up to an 8TB hard drive.
- The Gadgeteer
May 10, 2018 | Full review
The new Tablo Dual Lite comes without any internal storage. You can connect an external hard drive to store your recordings or use the Tablo cloud DVR.
- Cord Cutter News
March 29, 2018 | Full review
I didn't need an external hard drive for this Tablo review, thanks to those 64GB. I also didn't need an Ethernet cable, because the Tablo comes with one. It also comes with a power supply.
- Cord Cutting
February 12, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Video and audio streams are inferior to broadcast quality
- TechHive
It lacks internal storage.
- Top Ten Reviews
It would be one thing if they squeezed in a 500GB or 1TB drive inside, but the included 64GB storage will do little for most enthusiasts looking for such a product. We figure most will need an external hard drive to make this viable longer-term.
- Digital Trends
The only thing missing is, of course, the antenna. Thankfully, I had a few lying around – it's an occupational hazard.
- Cord Cutting
February 12, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Tablo is a network-connected DVR that streams live and recorded over-the-air (OTA) HDTV from your digital antenna to any screen, anytime, anywhere using the Tablo app. Tablo DUAL LITE can stream or record up to two OTA TV channels like ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW or PBS, simultaneously. A whole-home DVR for cord cutters, Tablo is the only OTA DVR that allows you to use either Ethernet or dual-band AC WiFi to connect your HDTV antenna to your home network so you can place the DVR and antenna in the best location for OTA TV signal reception. Tablo apps are available for iOS/android mobile phones & tablets, computers, Smart TVs, streaming media and gaming devices, including Roku, Fire TV, android TV, Nvidia SHIELD TV, Apple TV, and Xbox as well as support for Chromecast.

Overall Product Rankings

1. TiVo Bolt OTA
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 11
2. TiVo MINI VOX Streaming Media Player
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 2
3. Amazon Fire TV Recast
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 11
4. Tablo 4-Tuner Digital Video Recorder
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 4
5. Tablo Dual LITE OTA DVR
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 7
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 9
7. TiVo BOLT VOX 500 GB
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 7
8. AVerMedia EZRecorder
Overall Score: 6.7
Expert Reviews: 3

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