The race isn’t over, but for now my favorite DVR for over-the-air TV is Tablo. At my household, it has replaced by Dish Hopper for OTA recording, thanks to Dish giving me a price break for getting my locals that way. And today, it just got better.
Tablo has added some of the advanced recording features for OTA that I have for satellite channels on my Hopper. Now it will let me adjust the start and end time on each recording, keep only a specified number of episodes of a show, and specify which channel I want to use to record an ongoing series.
(My Hopper still has problems with that last one, because sometimes I want to watch a CW show early from a superstation East Coast feed in standard definition and sometimes I don’t get around to it until later, when I want to see its full local HD glory. Although there aren’t many grandfathered Dish superstation subscribers left, and I get the feeling that the percentage of all Dish subscribers who watch OTA locals is still pretty small. But I digress.)
The new features roll out with the 2.2.18 firmware for all standalone 2- and 4-tuner Tablo boxes. I got to see what it looks like with a beta version, and it’s pretty much like the Hopper’s. The Tablo already was the best OTA DVR as of yesterday, and I’m glad to see that it’s not standing still.