With the development of the Apple TV and similar devices alongside streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, more users than ever are looking to ditch traditional cable subscriptions and access their content through online services. Unfortunately, a need to access things like news, sports and local content will still be a barrier for many users who haven’t quite cut the cord yet. Although you can connect an over-the-air (OTA) antenna directly to your TV, it lacks some of the integrated features like guides that modern cable boxes provide, not to mention the ability to record shows without resorting to a third-party DVR. Fortunately, a new breed of devices such as Nuvyyo’s new Tablo ($199-$299) are filling this gap, bringing the last missing piece of the television experience to the Apple TV and iOS devices. This network streaming box connects to an OTA antenna to capture any local broadcast channels that are available, streaming them to your Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, providing features like a TV guide service and DVR recording all integrated within companion tvOS and iOS apps.
All in all, we’re quite impressed with what Nuvyyo has done with Tablo. It’s already become an indispensable part of our home entertainment system, allowing us to watch things like the Rio Olympics that wouldn’t have been as easily available on the big screen through other sources and all without having to leave the Apple TV interface that has become our “home base” for everything else. While it’s obviously an upfront investment, if you’re considering cutting the cord, the cost of the Tablo hardware and guide subscription will easily pay for itself in the long run.