Oh well, you'll have to imagine the awesome dinosaur eating a cable box drawing that my grade 9 art class skills would have provided to you.
Ok so an external HD i have died i think and I need to get one for Tablo anyway so I was planning on buying two 1 TB drives. I was reading the hard drive list and it said no NAS drives. They don't work at all? I figured I would just buy 2 NAS compatable devices one for Tablo and one to replace my dead one. But if this isn't going to work I will have to buy 2 different models. Any advice?
We don't currently support NAS. I assume you've read this blog post? http://www.tablotv.com/blog/back-away-from-that-flash-drive
Well, that's a cute image alright but I think you guys have your symbolism backwards;
Surely it's the guys still Selling/Renting/Using the cable boxes that are the dinosaurs here!
Think deeper. Dinosaur is OTA / Antenna's ("You mean I can get HDTV with an antenna?"). The dinosaurs are back with a vengeance and consuming their threat = Cable. And who doesn't like dinosaurs and hate cable?
If you can connect it via USB and it's USB powered (not externally powered) and under 2 TB it's generally OK with the exception of a few versions that randomly show up as 4k sector sizes or have disconnect issues. Just know that the 'tried and tested' list are the safest options for use with Tablo.
I haven't read of any other Tablo user's experience with the Roku stick, so it might work better for you.
That being said, some people are using it successfully. It seems to be a bit hit or miss.
Can't wait for my doodle of a Dinosaur eating a cable truck....Oh wait, no, not getting that. I can't wait for my 4-Tuner Tablo!
Got my Amazon Basic Antenna yesterday and my usb powered 2TB Seagate drive will be here tomorrow.
Hopefully I receive a tracking number though the USPS tracking system kinda sucked the last time I used it-nowhere near as informative and up to date as UPS's tracking system web service...
No worries. So this will sound a bit primitive and will be quite revealing in my lack of knowledge here but I am intrigued by this device and possibly running it in my system. I understand that it will use the HD antenna and not internet data to get the signal, thats awesome! No do I have to have a smart phone or tablet to act as the remote? My wife and I actually made a decision to downgrade from iPhones and sell our precious retina display iPads. It was more of a relational decision over anything else. So if I need one I can always order one to have around. I think there was an app correct that acts as the guide? What systems is it capable on?
If the answer is yes, the do you want to record the show to view them at a later data, if the answer is no, the just get an antenna and connect it to your TV.
If you do want to record TV shows, the can can buy the Tablo tuner, there is 2 models, 2 tuners and 4 tuners.
2 tuners enable you to record 2 shows at once and the 4 tuners... I am sure you know the answer. Also this device does not connect directly to your TV. It stream the content of the channel or recorded shows over your local network, you will need a box like the Roku 3 to send the content to your TV and because it does not come with a remote, you need a tablet or smart pĥone to control it.
so to recap you need:
An antenna, coax cable and possibly a preamp to boost the signal.
A Tablo device (2 or 4 tuner), an external hard disk to record the show
A device to stream the content to your TV like the Roku 3
a smart phone, tablet, PC, or laptop to control your Tablo.
It is a big investment, but you will recoup, your investment in about a year
No HDMI Output.
No Component Video/Audio Output.
No S-Video, RCA, DVI, Displayport, nor VGA output.
You cannot directly connect this to your AVR or HDTV.
You need one of the following to view the material it records:
(4) Chromecase / Roku 3.
It WILL use your internet connection for:
(1) Guide date - small amounts of bandwidth (negligible)
(2) Cover artwork (images) - still likely small amounts of bandwidth.
Only if you watch recorded content OUTSIDE of your home will it consume large amounts of internet bandwidth.
Honestly it sounds like you are looking for a Tivo, which can be directly connected to your HDTV / AVR-but also entails a monthly subscription fee for guide data.