Originally Posted by randmprecision
I really want to like the Tablo, and these firmware updates sound great, but I still can't picture how it would work to record/playback anything other than say PBS. Hoping Tablo owners can clarify.
I understand when you're watching live TV and you change the channel, it takes 15-30 seconds to buffer and start playing. But does Tablo buffer playback of recorded TV also? In other words, when you fast forward over a commercial break, does the Tablo have to re-buffer the stream? How long does that buffering take (on a Roku)?
How does commercial seek work for you? I've read there is no FF/RW preview. Is there at least an option to skip ahead 30 or 60 seconds? If you have to fast forward when the commercials start, wait for it to buffer, and repeat until you finally get past all the commercials, I can't see Tablo as very practical for watching the big game.
Sorry to take so long. I am on vacation this week and haven't been on the computer much.
Let me see if I can answer these questions.
1. The 15-30 second buffering only happens on live tv when tuning an "un-tuned" channel. There is no buffering if you switch to a channel that is already tuned or if you watch a recording. Fast forward and rewind do not require buffering either.
2. On the Roku, there is just no preview window when you fast forward or rewind (Netflix has one, while WatchESPN does not). With the current software, hitting the right arrow on the d-pad is a 10 sec FF, and hitting the left arrow is a 10 sec REW. You can also hit the FF button up to three times for slow, medium, and fast fast forwarding (Rewind button does the same going the other way). To judge how far you have moved, use the timeline (it shows where you are timewise on the recording). One of the big requested features is to be able to modify the 10 sec buttons to longer periods on the Roku (using the tablet or web apps, FF is 30 sec and REW is 20 sec).
When it comes to the NFL, I use my Tablo to record the game, but I watch it OTA directly to the TV (I have two antennas, but you could split one). The main reason is that I like to post on my Titans message board while the game is live, and the Tablo-Roku combination is about 15-20 seconds behind what I see going straight OTA. I don't like others posting a result before I even see the snap.
(WatchESPN has the same the problem).