Tablo Is the Most Popular Cord Cutting DVR But The Fire TV Recast is Catching Up




, ,

DVRs are a great way to take full advantage of your antenna by accessing all the free content available over the air when and how you want it. We often get asked what the best DVR for cord cutters is, so we decided to take that question to our readers.

Last week we asked over 4,000 of our readers a long list of cord cutting questions. One of the questions was “What DVR do you use for your antenna.” Tablo DVRs were the most popular DVRs with our readers for the second year in a row.

Here is the breakdown of the top 7 DVRs for cord cutters:

  1. Tablo
  2. TiVo
  3. Fire TV Recast
  4. Plex
  5. HDHomeRun
  6. Channel Master
  7. AirTV

What is maybe most interesting is the jump of the Fire TV Recast from #5 up to #3 behind Tivo just one year after it was announced.

Tablo has been working hard to make their DVR #1. Recently they added built-in automatic commercial skipping. Tablo has also rolled out a new four-tuner DVR with the option to add an internal hard drive. Tivo and Amazon have both reportedly been working on a commercial skipping feature but it has not been officially released to all Fire TV customers at this time.

What was maybe most surprising was the fact that most antenna users do not use a DVR with their antenna. Most cord cutters seem happy either watching live or not at all. This likely points to how a growing number of cord cutters see live TV as something for live events, sports, and news. Beyond that, many cord cutters seem to want their programs on-demand.

What do you think of this list? Leave us a comment and let us know what DVR you use.

Did you know we have a YouTube Channel? Every week we have a live Cord Cutting Q&A, and weekly Cord Cutting recap shows exclusively on our YouTube Channel!

Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more news, tips, and reviews. Need cord cutting tech support? Join our Cord Cutting Tech Support Facebook Group for help.

Disclaimer: To address the growing use of ad blockers we now use affiliate links to sites like, streaming services, and others. Affiliate links help sites like Cord Cutters News, stay open. Affiliate links cost you nothing but help me support my family. We do not allow paid reviews on this site. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

* indicates required

Please select all the ways you would like to hear from :

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp’s privacy practices here.