Meet The New Xbox One DVR. . . Kind of

Today Tablo announced the launch of their Xbox One app; this is very good news for Xbox One owners who are also cord cutters and I’ll tell you why. Microsoft originally announced their plans to integrate a new Xbox One DVR engine back in the summer of last year. Since then, there have been no reported movement on the project until this past June when (to the dismay of many gamers)  Microsoft confirmed that their plans of bringing over-the-air DVR functionality to the Xbox One were on hold indefinitely, that’s where Tablo comes in.

Xbox One DVR

Tablo is a next-generation DVR that allows users to watch and record content on networks like The CW, ABC, and CBS without the need of being a cable subscriber. There is a catch however and it’s that the recordings aren’t stored on the hard drive of your Xbox but rather another piece of hardware which is the Tablo DVR device that costs around $180 for the base model. The Tablo DVR device streams content to your Xbox via WiFi meaning that in order to utilize the app, you’ll need to invest in the Tablo hardware first. Here’s an excerpt from their official launch announcement:

When Microsoft axed its OTA DVR plans, we were putting the finishing touches on support for two new devices (Apple TV and LG Web OS Smart TVs) and were considering what to tackle next,” A few Tablo users had already suggested we take look at gaming platforms, but the gaming community’s reaction to this news cemented the decision.”

While Microsoft in the future still may opt to revive their plans of bringing their own next-generation Xbox One DVR into fruition and though consumers will need to invest in new hardware to take advantage of Tablo’s app, cost wise cord cutters cold still end up paying less than if they had a cable box.

What do you think of this third-party DVR? Are you disappointed about Microsoft’s decision to abandon their in-house project? Let us know by joining the conversation in the comments below and as always don’t forget to leave a tab open on Don’t Feed The Gamers for all the video game news you need to know.

C.J. Havens80 Posts

C.J. is a self-proclaimed Nerd/Geek culture expert with a passion for writing, gaming, movies, food, and beards; not necessarily in that order. When he's not writing editorials for DFTG you'll most likely find him in the kitchen or on his gaming console. If you eat, he will feed you!


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