Last week’s cord-cutting column brought a lot of follow-up questions from readers. Most of them were about how to record over-the-air, or OTA, shows for later playback.
It seems most people want to cut the cord, but they don’t want to be tied to a live TV schedule to watch their favorite shows.
So let’s talk about OTA digital video recorders.
There’s a second type of DVR that doesn’t connect to your TV.
The antenna connects to the DVR, which contains the hard drive and tuners, but instead of connecting to your TV, the DVR box transmits its live and recorded shows to your TVs wirelessly using your home’s network.
To watch the shows, you’ll need a streaming box like Roku, Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV.
The big benefit of these DVRs is that they can be placed in a spot in your home where your antenna gets the best signal, which might not be anywhere near your TV. Also, you can watch on multiple TVs with only one antenna feeding these DVRs.
Nuvyyo Tablo QUAD ($199.99) has a hard drive and tuners and it can be placed anywhere. It can connect wirelessly or via ethernet cable to your home network.
You’ll load the free Tablo app on your Roku, Fire TV or Apple TV to watch the content on a TV.There is also an optional subscription fee of $4.99 per month, $49.99 per year or $149.99 for lifetime service.