Tablo

When it comes to recording over-the-air television, it doesn't get much easier than Tablo. You just plug in an antenna, plug in an external hard drive, do a little setup, and you're up and running. Of course, firmware updates are also part of the game, and Tablo has announced that 2.2.20 is on the way via a staged trollout. (Erm, rollout.)

Here's what you have to look forward to in the new Tablo firmware:

  • Corrects issue with 'orphaned' recordings
  • Additional speed optimizations for channel tuning
  • Fixed rare situation where Tablo Connect could stop working, if ports were manually configured
  • Other reliability and performance enhancements

Probably the bigger user-facing thing, though, is that you now have separate bitrate settings for watching live TV and recording shows — they're not longer tied to each other. That means you can watch live TV at a higher bitrate and record at a lower bitrate, if that's how you want to do things. Or go the opposite route. Your call.

Again, this is a staged rollout, so you might not see it right away. (And Tablo says the Dual Lite tuner update is more like a few weeks away.) So check back early and often, as once does for this sort of thing.

Tablo OTA DVR

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The best over-the-air antennas

Who doesn't like free TV, right? And it turns out that in 2018 there's still plenty to watch — free and legal — if you've got a decent enough over-the-air antenna. For the cost of a decent meal at the Sizzler you can get an antenna that pulls in stations from dozens of miles away, piping free 1080i content straight into your TV.

All you have to do is pick the right one for you.

The best OTA antennas

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