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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 2014-01-06, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Hi guys!

Just wanted to let you all know that Tablo is now available for pre-order at www.TabloTV.com.

All pre-orders include a FREE 1 year subscription to guide data, a $49.99 value.
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post #2 of 41 (permalink) Old 2014-01-06, 11:55 PM
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Tablo Guide vs. Channel Master

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Admittedly, I'm not a fan of Channel Master. But their upcoming DVR offers free guide data for the life of the device. Free is better than $50/annum...even if Tablo offers the first year free (pre-orders only?).

Realizing that Tablo's product differs from a typical DVR, can you comment on why someone would prefer to pay for guide data vs. the free offering from a competitor such as CM?

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Hello Jase88,

Also don't forget Tablo is a "hub-style" DVR, it streams your OTA signal to multiple devices on your home network, unlike the CM DVR+ which connects only to one TV (well, unless you're investing in a SlingBox for more $$$ up front).

If you were to buy the Tablo Quad tuner, the subscription guide data would be available for all four devices making a $50 charge once a year probably worth it.

Besides this, I must admit I am a little dissappointed that a basic program guide (like HD HomeRun) isn't available for free and the $50/year guide is a "premium" option. The problem with paying for mandatory guide info is nothing gaurantees the cost won't go up in future years, and then you're kind of stuck as you invested in the hardware.

But besides this small hiccup, Tablo does seem like a cool product, and better yet is Canadian!
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Lightbulb Tablo For OTA DVR Streaming

Hello,

has anyone had experience with TabloTV yet? Looks like they started pre-selling this week as they launched the device at CES, got some pretty good reviews from CNET.

It's a home-grown (Canadian, out of Ottawa) OTA tuner that can stream DTV from an antenna to up to four devices on your home network (depending on which model you purchase).

Just wondering how heavy this would be on my home network router ... I would stream via WiFi to a Roku 2 XD using the default Bell Fibe internet WiFi router (2Wire 2701)

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Sounds very similar to the HDHOMERUN boxes.

Maybe someone who has one of these, might be able to shed some light on how much those devices use (would think it would be similar)

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Not sure whether to try the CM DVR+ or the Tablo. The CM DVR+ is nice in the sense that it comes with a remote control, a direct HDMI connection and no monthly guide fees. On the other hand the Tablo supports multiple devices concurrently (including Roku and ATV) without having to purchase a slingbox.

I guess the cost of the slingbox would match the Tablo lifetime subscription price.

I don't know - too bad no-one can make the "ultimate" box. Add free guide info to Tablo and they're pretty close.
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North_Of_Calgary, if you read further back in the thread, you'll notice that I received confirmation from Channel Master that their new DVR's guide will work in Canada for Canadian and American stations.

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^ Ok, sorry Jase - I went back prior to the DVR+ release date but I didn't notice that. I didn't go through all 500 threads.

Anyway, as much as there were some nice features with this I decided to order the Tablo instead.
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Finally received my Tablo. Initial comments:

Pros:
+ PQ is fantastic - playing back on a 65" LED so far - great HD
+ Interface is great on the iPad/browser
+ Native Roku app
+ Easy setup

Cons:
+ Can't install the Android app and hence use it with the Chromecast on my Nexus 5 (requires a tablet with Android 4.2+)
+ No DD5.1 pass-through
+ Roku app is kind of basic (can't erase or create new recordings yet)

Overall it's pretty good though considering that it's only their first week of GA. Certainly has potential if they keep up the development/updates. Particularly if they add some native TV apps for the leading smart TVs.

For day 1 I'll give it a big thumbs up.
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My concern with Tablo (the more I see of it, the more I want it) is commercial skipping. How quick on the Roku and is it adjustable? I like to set up for 1 min per press, 20 seconds back.
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Playback on the roku of recorded content is very snappy. Live TV a little less so.

Roku doesn't have a skip forward at all for anything. Hence not the tablo either. It does have a skip back 10 seconds though.

On the iPad the Tablo had a 30 sec skip forward and a 20 second skip back.
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Tablo in Journal de Montréal

This morning, there's an article in Le Journal de Montréal about Tablo.


Original article in French => CLICK HERE <=

Google translate in English => CLICK HERE <=
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This morning, there's an article in Le Journal de Montréal about Tablo.


Original article in French => CLICK HERE <=

Google translate in English => CLICK HERE <=
CLICK HERE for the link in English (Google translate).
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I wish Tablo's site would stop saying HDTV content received thru OTA is uncompressed.
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I wish Tablo's site would stop saying HDTV content received thru OTA is uncompressed.
Espicably since the Tablo transcodes everything to H.264 compression.

Link to my TVFool results is in my profile Homepage URL. I suggest others do the same.
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