In short, I can’t decide between the two. I’m looking for something easy to use, without a monthly fee, with an on-screen guide, to be used with Apple products. Having a native or decent 3rd party AppleTV app is important (I’m not interested in Airplay). I believe I’d have to use the Channels app with the HDHomerun, which is $25. I’m okay with that as long as it’s worth it.
I don’t DVR much at all so I’m less concerned with that, but if I changed my mind in the future, I think Tablo would be the easiest because it uses USB storage. But I’ve read the Tablo can be kind of slow at switching between channels and the quality isn’t as good, which could be a deal breaker.
– Edit – Thanks for all the feedback. Decided on a refurbed 2x tuner HDHomeRun from Amazon. It was $70 but I’m 99.9% sure it was brand new (came in a sealed box and looks flawless). Got it today thanks to same-day shipping and also bought the Channels app for AppleTV and so far so good. I didn’t like the InstaTV app at all. Picture quality and the overall service are just what I wanted and loading channels is similar to loading channels with streaming TV like YoutTubeTV.