Originally Posted by snowcat
When you say "connected device", you are meaning a web browser, right? Since you have to have an internal network to use a Tablo anyway, is there anyone out there has a network but no browser handy?
Once you have the Tablo set up, you only have to use your web browser to update the Tablo's firmware. Everything else can be done from the Roku (though obviously some functions are better suited to the browser). As the Tablo folks get their Roku development going, the Roku will be able do even more. Since the Roku remote's functions can be programmed into a universal remote, you can do about everything through it.
It doesn't make any sense for the Tablo to have its own remote control. It's like saying Netflix needs to send it's own remote control when you subscribe. The Tablo is just a mini-server that can be used on a variety of platforms.
I you have any more questions, please let me know.
Handy, as in nearby, or even the same viewing room, I'd venture to guess that there would always be a tablet or browser available, or handy.
It could be on my lap, that kind of "handy", but if that device has to be used in addition to the universal remote to accomplish desired requests, I find that unfortunate. I believe it was you snowcat who assisted me before better understand what to expect. Actually, you helped a lot. I just found one of your many helpful posts:
"The one big advantage the Roku has over AppleTv and Chromecast is that the Roku doesn't need anything besides the remote (and you can use the Roku or a universal remote).
With the Roku, you can pause, rewind, FF, and play live TV and recordings. You can browse by category (TV Shows, Movies, and Sports) to find shows (14 day guide) and then set up recordings (single show, all of series, or all new episodes of a series). You can also delete shows and unschedule programs.
The one thing the Roku doesn't do that is available through the tablet apps or the web app is show a 24 hour live tv program grid. When you go to liveTV on the Roku, all you will see are each channel and what show is currently on. This also means that if you don't have a guide subscription, you would need another device (like a PC or tablet) to set up recordings by date/time/channel. Right now, everyone had a guide subscription, because the manual recording option is still not available, and even when it is available, I highly recommend the subscription (monthly, yearly, or lifetime)."
source: Official Tablo thread
As I replied or in response to that commentary, I stated that pulling-up such a live grid is the first thing we do upon firing-up the TV, to see what's on at the moment, or soon to be. If there's nothing desirable to watch live, then we proceed to recordings or a Roku channel... So, in that scenario, we'd be needing more than just the remote control to see the lay of the land (current and upcoming live OTA programming).
When you say that "When you go to liveTV on the Roku, all you will see are each channel and what show is currently on", is there a screenshot somewhere of that looks like? Maybe more than a couple channels at a time are visible, as opposed to one channel per scroll? I'm trying to visualize what it would be like for us to still survey all live programming with a Tablo in the mix...
Thanks much for your help.
EDIT / ADD: "TabloTV", I concur. That video is very good and makes things quite clear (no direct connection to the TV).