How Much Space Does Tablo Require to Record a Program?

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The amount of space a recording uses depends on the Tablo model you have.



Recording Storage Space Usage for Network-Connected Tablo DVRs

Depending on the recording quality setting you have selected for your network-connected Tablo, you'll use between 2 and 4 GB per hour of recorded TV. For example, a 1TB drive can record up to 700 hours of HD programming.


 Recording Quality

HD 1080

HD 1080

HD 720 

 HD 720


SD 480


10 Mbps

8 Mbps

5 Mbps

3 Mbps

2 Mbps


4.6 GB/hr

3.7 GB/hr

2.4 GB/hr

1.5 GB/hr

1 GB/hr

Recording Storage Space Usage for TV-Connected Tablo DVRs

Since TV-connected Tablo DVRs deliver and record Over-the-Air TV in its original, uncompressed MPEG2 format, its recording files can be MUCH larger than those of network-connected Tablo DVRs.


 MPEG2 Native

HD 1080

HD 1080

HD 720 

Max Bandwidth

20 Mbps

15 Mbps

3 Mbps


9,2 GB/hr

6.9 GB/hr

1.4 GB/hr