snowcat, wouldn't it be possible to have an HDMI out, while still having the same network connectivity that makes Tablo very alluring? If it were to be detrimental, besides being more expensive, I understand of course. Maybe just another model, with an included remote control, that users can easily fold into their existing systems without having to buy another box and having to dork around with another control module (phone, tablet, computer).
Maybe I'm in the minority, but as much as I like Tablo and what it affords, I'm really turned-off by the need to use a networked device. And, it's nothing against networked devices of course, just the need to use another controlling unit to accomplish all AV needs. In other rooms in the house where those TV's are not surrounded by an AVR, amps, gaming devices, karaoke machine, 9 speakers, etc..., Tablo seems like a better solution from a control perspective.
There are of course virtues to having a wired, physical connections; and I prefer a combo of wired and wireless. If I had a Tablo, I'd make use of the Ethernet port (to the router), as an example. I'm glad Tablo allows for that option, to transmit & receive through both means. For delivery to the screens, namely the TV, it would be nice to have that option there too.
We shall see what happens in the coming months...