When you say you are impressed with its ability to keep up with sports. Is it good or as good as OTA HDTV? I expect the picture to be just as good a my Verizon DVR, which for local sports is perfect.
Good to hear. I have gotten to the point that I watch the Eagles (Philly) at least a 1/2 hour behind so that I can fast forward between plays and commercials. Reliable physical button on a remote skip forward and back are important. Also, video skip. Skipping doesn't do me any good if I can't see where I am.
As far as Apple TV control there are two ways after you start the AirPlay stream:
1. You can use the Apple TV remote to fast forward, play/pause, rewind. You are doing this blind as there are not preview pictures as you scan.
2. You can use the iPad for 30 second skip / 20 second rewind, and play/pause. You also have the ability to use the scrub feature by moving the play back indicator across the timeline.
The tablo sends its signals through your in-home network through your router. Each TV must be attached to a Roku 3 (for example). The Tablo is downloaded as a channel onto your Roku(s). Each TV is connected with a wire only to the Roku. The Roku communicates with the Tablo wirelessly through your in-home network.
For example. I have our Tablo connected directly to our indoor HDTV antenna where the Tablo receives the OTA signals. Our Tablo is also connected directly with a wire to my router (get a better signal when connected wired.) The only wired output from the Tablo is to your in-home network through a CAT-5 cable. It can be connected to your in-home network wirelessly but I recommend you connected it wired directly to your router. In our home, we have a large screen TV located near our router. The only thing connected by a wire to the large screen TV is the Roku 3. (HDMI cable from back of Roku to HDMI in back of TV) The Roku that controls this TV is also connected by CAT-5 cable to back of my network router. You access the Roku 3 through the selection of the correct TV input. You move through the channels on the Roku (like netflix, etc.) and select the Tablo icon. The rest is gravy.
Now for another HDTV I have in another location: No antenna is connected at all. Just the Roku 3 connected to the back of the TV with an HDMI cable. This Roku 3 communicates wirelessly through my in-home network to the Tablo where I can watch either Live TV or Recorded TV or netflix, etc.
Hope this helps.
I would imagine the constraint on recording the native HD OTA signal would be the USB interface. Transcoding the signal before it hits the USB interface would eliminate that constraint. NOTE: I have not attempted to do the math see if it is an actual constraint.
I am assuming the device is using USB2 not USB3?
I think viewing only requires a tuner if the stream is of lessor (and or different?) quality than the recording itself. This is why they recommend the 720p setting (5Mbps) for recordings. Although SD streaming would still require a tuner. As such if you are streaming at 1080p (10Mbps) a tuner isn't required if it was recorded at that setting. I simply wish a tuner wasn't required and the hardware handled it elsewhere.
A search should turn up a related post from them.
Far too much overhead and risk. Much better is how WMC's app handles the process. You set whether you want commercial skip scanning while recording and up to the number of scans (say one to four based on your tuners and PC's horsepower) or either you want it to scan after the recording is completed. You don't export a commercial free copy for two reasons. Rather you simply create a file flagging the commercials start and stopping times - during playback the file controls what's streamed. There is also an option to turn off the feature if it becomes too much work correcting what it screws up (one button on the remote turns it on and off).
This way you don't have the overhead of creating a new file and if the process guesses incorrectly you can fast forward or rewind and still catch what you would have missed. And you would miss quite a bit from my experience. It's more art than science.
This process takes horsepower and based on its chips it might not viable at all and even more so a good portion of the time it will guess incorrectly and you'll find yourself rewinding. That is if you figure out you just missed the last minutes of a show coming out of a break. With one show I only realized it because I knew it existed from watching the show for years.