Originally Posted by Bakes33
Looking to cut the cord and go with a OTA + DirecTV Now combo (with Kodi filling in any other blanks). I'm down to considering the Tablo or a Tivo Roamio OTA + Tivo Mini(s) soultion.
What I'm looking for - be able to record and watch my basic local networks live on any of my 3 TVs (NBC,CBS,ABC,FOX). How is live TV viewing through the Tablo? My wife will lose her mind if she can't watch her morning news / Today Show without interruption.
I was leaning towards the Tivo but given my home setup I'd need to purchase 2 Minis in addition to the Roamio and also likely get MoCa filters as one of my TVs does not have an ethernet connection easily available. With the Tablo I could set it up conveniently to my indoor antenna and router and have everything available through FireTvs / AppleTvs that I already own (plus no input switching with DirecTV Now).
In the end is the convenience of set up with the Tablo worth it over the (supposedly) more stable / faster performance of the Tivo system in my case?
Let me see if I can answer your questions, Bakes33.
The quality of live TV is great, though there is a 15-20 second wait time to switch to an untuned channel. It is just one second usually to switch to a tuned channel (so you can go back and forth between two channels fairly painlessly.
The Tablo certainly is convenient when it comes to streaming devices. Assuming you have the new AppleTv boxes, they work well, though there is some functionality missing compared to the FireTv and web-based apps. The programmers are working on making all the apps work the same, but it takes quite a bit of time.
I have had the Tablo for over two and a half years now.
1. Flexibility to use a wide variety of streaming devices. I use Rokus, FireTv, PCs, iPad, and smartphones.
2. Built in remote access. Not every device works, but most do.
3. Subscriptions are account based, not device based, so one subscription can support many devices and any future devices.
4. Cheaper than the Tivo system, especially if you own other streaming devices.
1. Channel tuning takes a while. Also can't switch channels with just a click (have to to to the guide, which stops viewing of the current channel, and then select a new channel).
2. Each Tablo app is a little different. AndroidTV, FireTv and web based apps are very close to each other, but Roku and AppleTV are different, and Chromecast has its own issues.
3. High dependency on antenna placement and strength of home network. If either one is poor, then the experience will be poor.
4. UI doesn't have all the features of Tivo. (can't fine tune start and stop times, can't record X episodes, can't set a show to use a particular channel if on multiple channels, etc)