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Spoke too soon. Still getting buffering about every minute or two. The buffering lasts almost as long as normal playback. Have it set on 720 (3mbps), and get at least 15 Mbps over WiFi in the room with Tablo. Going to try plugging it into main router today to see if that helps, if not it's going back. Airtv on sale, may try that.

Edit:. After moving router and switch around and rebooting everything, I have 40mbps in Tablo area. Hard wired it, and buffers every 30 seconds with Roku2, no buffering at all with Ultra. Definitely a Roku issue, time for a new one! (Actually it's a Roku1 not 2)
 

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Got an interesting question been thinking about putting this in my home as the only thing we watch on local channels is football and sports. Was wondering how the live tv and pause play rewind work on these? And also was wondering if you can watch a game when traveling or is blocked out somehow? I live in Denver and travel quite a bit, would I be able to pickup the game live say in Phoenix or is there some kind of restriction put on this by Tablo?
 

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Got an interesting question been thinking about putting this in my home as the only thing we watch on local channels is football and sports. Was wondering how the live tv and pause play rewind work on these? And also was wondering if you can watch a game when traveling or is blocked out somehow? I live in Denver and travel quite a bit, would I be able to pickup the game live say in Phoenix or is there some kind of restriction put on this by Tablo?
No BO restrictions when you travel. The one caveat is you do need decent bandwidth up to enable usage.

The Tablo works as a streaming server that connects through an app that is loaded on your Roku/Phone/AndroidTV, there is NO HDMI connection, meaning you can locate it anywhere in the house as long as you can get an antenna connected to it.

Pause/Play/Rewind is based on thumbnails that are automatically created as the recording is made.

I've had mine for 2+ years and do not hesitate to recommend to anyone, my most common use is football/hockey and soccer.
 

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No BO restrictions when you travel. The one caveat is you do need decent bandwidth up to enable usage.

The Tablo works as a streaming server that connects through an app that is loaded on your Roku/Phone/AndroidTV, there is NO HDMI connection, meaning you can locate it anywhere in the house as long as you can get an antenna connected to it.

Pause/Play/Rewind is based on thumbnails that are automatically created as the recording is made.

I've had mine for 2+ years and do not hesitate to recommend to anyone, my most common use is football/hockey and soccer.
After reading this review decided to go to Best Buy and Walmart to get this setup. Its working fantastically! So glad I didn't spend money on a TiVo. Looking forward to Sunday and see how this works on with football.
 

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DVR+ to TABLO

My beloved DVR+ gave up the goat this week. I got my new TABLO yesterday, it is connected to a new Sony Bravia tv with the best remote control I have every used. Setup was completed using the remote control, a cell phone or tablet was not needed. The remote controls all Tablo functions including Sony DVD. After years of 3 or 4 remotes I'm down to ONE remote and a new great DVR.
 

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My beloved DVR+ gave up the goat this week. I got my new TABLO yesterday, it is connected to a new Sony Bravia tv with the best remote control I have every used. Setup was completed using the remote control, a cell phone or tablet was not needed. The remote controls all Tablo functions including Sony DVD. After years of 3 or 4 remotes I'm down to ONE remote and a new great DVR.
The Tablo TV DVR is an excellent OTA option. Coax to the antenna, hardwire to an AC router, and AC streamers put broadcast television on your TVs for a couple hundred bucks and minimal effort.

I am a HUGE fan of the single remote solution. I'm also a HUGE fan of the single input solution. The streamer meets that goal -- albeit inelegantly is most cases. Which streamer are you using?
Hopefully, Tablo TV will integrate ATSC 3.0 into their current app...

Nuvyyo says they will continue to make their current line of DVRs but are looking into a device that would support both the current over-the-air TV standard and the next-gen ATSC 3.0 standard. Nuvyyo even went as far as to hint that they may have something to show off at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2021.​
Given the way TTV integrates two ATSC 1.0 units, I am not sure their ATSC 3.0 solution will satisfy a one remote guy like yourself...


You will need to switch between Tablo A and Tablo B (using the disconnect button in your Tablo apps) to set recordings or view recordings since each Tablo will maintain its own separate database. That’s why two-Tablo families often dedicate a DVR to a specific family member, group, or content type.
 

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DVR+ to TABLO

My beloved DVR+ gave up the goat this week. I got my new TABLO yesterday, it is connected to a new Sony Bravia tv with the best remote control I have every used. Setup was completed using the remote control, a cell phone or tablet was not needed. The remote controls all Tablo functions including Sony DVD. After years of 3 or 4 remotes I'm down to ONE remote and a new great DVR.
Could you also post your feedback on your DVR+ vs. Tablo experiences over in the Former DVR+ Users forum:


so that folks that frequent there could also benefit.

Thanks,

Scott
 

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Can manual timers be set, (users setting the channel, date, start time and end time) and recorded, and watched with the Tablo disconnected from the internet?
 

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Sucks that they're not offering lifetime sub with the new Tablo however. Would've bought it otherwise as it records in RAW MPEG2.
 

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Sucks that they're not offering lifetime sub with the new Tablo however. Would've bought it otherwise as it records in RAW MPEG2.
If you already have a lifetime sub shouldn't it also cover the new Tablo? That's how it worked before when they dropped the lifetime sub.
 

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I just bought a Tablo Dual HDMI to replace my failing DVR+. This is my first Tablo unit. So this is my first post here in this thread and I wanted to pass along my initial impressions and also a comparison between the Tablo receiver and the DVR+ receiver.

Here is my new Tablo Dual HDMI:
  • the latest firmware 2.2.31 (2033219) as of Dec 2.
  • Western Digital Purple WD82PURZ 8TB hard disk in an OWC Mercury Elite Pro USB3 case.
  • I have a Stacker antenna on the roof (from dennysantennaservice).
  • the Tablo connects to my Denon 3600 AV receiver via HDMI.
  • Tablo audio is set to Passthrough (the HDMI to my Receiver).
  • ethernet connection (Tablo WiFi is turned OFF).
  • my antenna is pointed at the Walnut Grove, California, antenna farm (near Sacramento).

The installation process was straight forward and the Tablo came up quickly. The setup process was fine, but it saw that new firmware was available and downloaded it. I had to re-turn off WiFi after this firmware update. Note sure if that is typical, or just due to the firmware update during initialization.

The initial 24-hour guide population process took 8 minutes. The rest of the 14-day guide was populated in the background. I assume there is initial overhead for this first acquisition since 8 minutes seems really slow for simple text info.

The Tablo found 58 channels. Of those, I selected 34 channels to go into the Guide. See my channel comparison comments below about DVR+ vs. Tablo. The bottom line is that both units found the same channel portfolio and signal strengths seem comparable. A viewing test of some of the weaker Tablo channels demonstrated that they were indeed watchable so to first order the Tablo receiver seems comparable to the DVR+ receiver.

The Tablo CH+ remote's channel-to-channel flip time is 4-7 seconds and feels painfully slow. The DVR+ time using CH+ on its remote control is 2-3 seconds.

My lowest RF channel is RF9 (6.1, PBS) which corresponds to the 2nd longest elements on my antenna. On the DVR+ recordings, this channel is sometimes blocky/pixelated due to signal issues. In watching the Tablo for a bit on this channel, I did see an occasional pixelation. So the Tablo seems consistent with the DVR+ on this channel.

The Guide scrolling of the Tablo is very responsive, but it doesn't pre-populate the entire Guide. It only populates when you get to a blank portion of the Guide.


Conclusions:
At this point, I am happy with my Tablo Dual HDMI. It seems like a lateral move from my DVR+ and is functional. Compared to other products that I considered (Tivo Edge, Amazon Recast, etc.) I especially like that the Tablo has an HDMI connector and outputs the full-resolution broadcast stream. And I like that it works with my 8TB hard disk. Colors are vibrant and the picture is sharp. The sound is good but I wish that the Tablo would map broadcast stereo into 5.1 (or the 7.1 that I have). It sounds hollow just in stereo.


Action items for the Tablo developers:

> How do I disable the Screensaver? There isn't a choice for OFF. There should be.
> The 14-day guide needs a Search function. As-is, trying to find shows is a treasure hunt.
> Need to add the "name contains" function that the DVR+ has for specifying recordings. This is extremely useful.
> the Guide should pre-populate the entire 14-day window with text. Not wait to populate until someone scrolls to a blank portion of the Guide.

Here is a comparison of the Channel Master DVR+ (135R) receiver with the Tablo Dual HDMI (2.2.31) receiver with my antenna and distance from the broadcast antenna farm. The DVR+ quotes signal strength (0-100) and signal quality (0-100). The Tablo quotes number of dots (1 to 5).

Each channel is shown that the units auto-scanned. The DVR+ was measured from 4:00 to 4:40pm (it took awhile to write down all of the numbers). The Tablo was measured from 5:20 to 5:35pm. Same RF cable, antenna, etc. since I moved the various cables from the DVR+ to the Tablo then went through its initial start-up sequence.

Both units found the same channels and the signal levels seem to correlate.

Code:
    DVR+               Tablo Dual HDMI
    3.1 100 100        3-1 *****
    3.2  100 100       3-2 *****
    6.1  100 52        6-1 *****
    6.2 100 59         6-2 *****
    6.3 100 62         6-3 *****
    6.4 100 62         6-4 *****
   10.1 100 59        10-1 *****
   10.2 100 59        10-2 *****
   10.3 100 58        10-3 *****
   10.4  100 59       10-4 *****
   13.1 100 100       13-1 *****
   13.2 100 100       13-2 *****
   13.3 100 100       13-3 *****
   19.1 100 100       19-1 *****
   19.2 100 100       19-2 *****
   19.3 100 100       19-3 *****
   19.4 100 100       19-4 *****
   23.1 94 100        23-1 *****
   24.1 81 79         24-1 *****
   24.2 82 79         24-2 *****
   24.3 80 83         24-3 *****
   29.1 100 62        29-1 *****
   29.2 100 59        29-2 *****
   29.3 100 57        29-3 *****
   29.4 100 62        29-4 *****
   29.5 100 65        29-5 *****
   29.6 100 62        29-6 *****
   30.1 71 38         30-1 ***
   30.2 71 41         30-2 ***
   30.3 72 39         30-3 ***
   31.1 100 100       31-1 *****
   31.2 100 100       31-2 *****
   31.3 100 100       31-3 *****
   31.4 100 100       31-4 *****
   31.5 100 100       31-5 *****
   33.2 100 73        33-2 *****
   34.1 100 49        34-1 ***
   34.2 100 50        34-2 ***
   38.1 77 0          38-1 *
   38.2 80 0          38-2 *
   38.3 81 0          38-3 *
   38.4 84 0          38-4 *
   38.5 85 0          38-5 *
   40.1 100 100       40-1 *****
   40.2 100 100       40-2 *****
   40.3 100 100       40-3 *****
   40.4 100 100       40-4 *****
   51.1 81 61         51-1 ***
   51.2 80 62         51-2 ***
   51.3 81 55         51-3 ***
   51.4 77 58         51-4 ***
   58.1 100 100       58-1 *****
   58.2 100 100       58-2 *****
   58.3 100 100       58-3 *****
   64.1 100 100       64-1 *****
   64.2 100 100       64-2 *****
   64.3 100 100       64-3 *****
   64.4 100 100       64-4 *****
Note that the various 38.x and 38-x channels had a black screen on both the DVR+ and the Tablo. There is no channel 33.1 nor 33-1.

The one that stands out are the 6.x channels. I feel that the DVR+ metric is more appropriate than the Tablo metric (based on my previous viewing experiences). This channel can sometimes be problematic for me and Tablo's 5-stars doesn't jive with DVR+'s more appropriate signal quality metric of 52 to 62. Regardless, watching a little of 6.1 shows a little pixelation once or twice.


Update at 8:16pm: channel 6.1 has broken up on the Tablo and it suspends viewing and presents a popup box. I keep hitting Resume and it keeps presenting the popup box. The DVR+ was always more graceful and would just keep trying automatically. The Tablo's popup box seems useless...

Scott
 

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Conclusions:
At this point, I am happy with my Tablo Dual HDMI. It seems like a lateral move from my DVR+ and is functional. Compared to other products that I considered (Tivo Edge, Amazon Recast, etc.) I especially like that the Tablo has an HDMI connector and outputs the full-resolution broadcast stream. And I like that it works with my 8TB hard disk. Colors are vibrant and the picture is sharp. The sound is good but I wish that the Tablo would map broadcast stereo into 5.1 (or the 7.1 that I have). It sounds hollow just in stereo.

Scott
The Tablo has a setting so you can record the OTA 5.1 stream. Unfortunately if the OTA audio is only stereo to begin with you are stuck with that. Quick question, why did you opt for the HDMI version of the Tablo? I've had the non-app version for several years and love it.
 

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The Tablo has a setting so you can record the OTA 5.1 stream. Unfortunately if the OTA audio is only stereo to begin with you are stuck with that. Quick question, why did you opt for the HDMI version of the Tablo? I've had the non-app version for several years and love it.
I'm coming from a Chanel Master DVR+ (that failed). So the Tablo Dual HDMI is a drop-in replacement for the DVR+ (ethernet cable, HDMI cable, and USB hard disk). With a direct HDMI output, it connects directly to my receiver, doesn't load my home's network, and no network dongles to deal with.

For people with existing network infrastructure and good network bandwidth and internet, then a network streaming-centric solution sounds great. But I'm one of those folks that you hear about that live in "the country". Gee, I'm only 2 miles outside of city limits. But no cable and DSL is less than 3Mbps, so internet comes via the TMobile cell tower. So an OTA solution is my TV source.

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I'm coming from a Chanel Master DVR+ (that failed). So the Tablo Dual HDMI is a drop-in replacement for the DVR+ (ethernet cable, HDMI cable, and USB hard disk). With a direct HDMI output, it connects directly to my receiver, doesn't load my home's network, and no network dongles to deal with.

For people with existing network infrastructure and good network bandwidth and internet, then a network streaming-centric solution sounds great. But I'm one of those folks that you hear about that live in "the country". Gee, I'm only 2 miles outside of city limits. But no cable and DSL is less than 3Mbps, so internet comes via the TMobile cell tower. So an OTA solution is my TV source.

Scott
I'm in the country too, 7mbps DSL, but yes I have an excellent home network infrastructure (network geek by trade). Fortunately the Tablo only uses my home network for replay on local devices. As with your HDMI version the only Internet used is for download of the guide.
 

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I have a Channelmaster DVR that I am having issues with. So, I ordered the Tablo with HDMI. I run everything through a Marantz receiver, then on to a JVC 540 projector. Projector calibrated by Chad B. Set up the Tablo and everything seemed okay. Picture quality was not quite as good as Channel Master. Then after about an hour, lost the signal. So, I set both recorders to record a hockey game. After a period and a half, the Tablo lost signal, and quit recording. The Channel Master never missed a beat. So I guess I stick with the Channel Master and just use the Tablo as a back up. Pretty much disappointed in the Tablo. I had high hopes, since it was HDMI connected.
 

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Hey Guys, just ordered my Tablo OTA DVR. I'll be using it with a Harmony 900 Remote (similar to Harmony One) and an Apple TV 4K. Has anyone successfully enabled number input from the Harmony to the Apple TV. The Guide is fine but I'd like to jump to a channel directly. Thanks for any advice
 
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