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Tablo 4 Tuner DVR for HDTV Antennas SPVR4-01-NA

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Learn more about the Tablo SPVR4-01-NA

Model

Brand
Tablo
Model
SPVR4-01-NA

General

Color
Black
TV Tuner
Four Tuners

Features

Features
Tablo DVR Features:
-Watch, pause and record live TV
-Skip commercials
-Schedule recordings
-Manage existing recordings
-Record up to 4 shows simultaneously
-Watch on up to 6 devices simultaneously
-Watch on PC/Mac or iPhone/Android smartphone via browser
-Stream live AND recorded shows anywhere in the world
-Streaming to TV via AppleTV/Roku/Chromecast
-iPad & Android tablet app interface

Tablo DVR Hardware Features:
-4 OTA ATSC tuners
-WiFi included: 802.11n dual band 2.4 and 5Ghz with MIMO
-2 USB ports for flexible USB HD storage
-No remote - controlled by tablet, web-based or Roku app

Tablo Electronic Program Guide (EPG) Subscription Features
-14 days of guide data
-Rich cover art
-Series and episode synopses
-Schedule recordings by time, episode or series
-Schedule full series recordings

Please note - Tablo requires an HDTV antenna and a USB Hard Drive to work. USB Hard Drives must be USB 2 or 3 and have a storage capacity of 2 terabytes or less. Tablo does not currently support USB Flash storage or Networked (NAS) storage.

System Requirements

System Requirements
an HDTV antenna

an iPad running Apple iOS7+ OR an Android tablet with a 7”+ screen running Android 4.1 OR a computer

an internet connection

a USB hard drive (Max 2TB capacity) this is required both for watching live TV and recording programming If you'd like to watch programming on your big screen TV, you'll also need an AppleTV (which uses AirPlay from an iPad), Roku or a Chromecast dongle. You can also use the web-based app with an HDMI-enabled computer connected to your TV.

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  • 11/25/2014 7:51:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: Easy to set up with tablet, set it and forget it

Cons: Maybe the cost of an external drive...

Other Thoughts: We live on the edge of a large metropolitan area. We were using OTA antenna (we've been off cable for 4+ years) in the attic and were super happy with Aereo since often our signal was weak and channels wouldn't come in during inclement weather. Tablo doesn't help with our signal strength issue, but it's been awesome. The advantage over Aereo is that you can enable your devices to access Tablo from anywhere, whereas Aereo was blocked away from home. We love, love, love this little device. We have 2 Roku 3's upon which we watch, plus our tablet and phones. I have not done much troubleshooting to get it to work with our Roku 2, but I've seen some people on the Tablo forums have some success. We plan to use this for a long time, so we bought the lifetime channel guide plan.

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  • edhall1044
  • 11/21/2014 10:35:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat DVR

Pros: Very simple to install. The tuner appears to be very sensitive, meaning the way it finds channels. Streams data very well, very little spooling.

Cons: The Roku app good be better and you have to furnish your own hard drive

Other Thoughts: I am thoroughly enjoying the experience and happy to be done with sat tv.

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  • disappointed
  • 10/15/2014 7:44:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsgood on paper but unreliable

Pros: On paper the Tablo has everything I want. Two tuners. Reasonably priced guide service. Ability to stream to variety of devices. Roku app.

Cons: Unfortunately Tablo is buggy and unreliable. Sometimes my scheduled recordings work perfectly. But I've had many recordings just not record at all. And even more often I'll sit down to watch a recording only to realize Tablo just stopped recording in the middle. Very frustrating. My reception is good, but even if the reception was interrupted momentarily, the software needs to keep the recording going.

The web interface is also unreliable. Many times the guide information just doesn't show up in my browser--an empty matrix. The Roku interface does not even offer a guide interface--it's clunky and unintuitive. There is no app for my Nexus 5, only tablets.

Other Thoughts: Tablo has the right idea on what the hardware and software should offer, and the prices of each. Unfortunately, Tablo is a ways off from a worthwhile consumer product. I'm selling mine until Tablo or another company can fill this void with a reliable product.

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  • mickeyd
  • 10/6/2014 5:39:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsRight product at right time

Pros: -Compact, simple design
-Setup was "by the book"
-Tablo interface within a desktop browser is clean and easy to navigate
-Playback quality is great so far (but have yet to add streaming box for TV playback).
-Monthly/Annual/Lifetime subscription fees extremely reasonable, in my opinion. [I don't expect the guide & info that makes navigating so easy to be free. It beats the $15/month that the major DVR competitor charges.]

Cons: Thought I had done my research, but disappointed to see no Tablo app for Xbox.

Other Thoughts: Very intriguing product that hit me at just the right time, as I am slashing media costs in the household. Seems the best "bang for the buck" in a household with multiple viewers and multiple viewing devices.
Still need to choose one major streaming box which will get Tablo up on the "big screen" in our home.

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  • 10/3/2014 11:19:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis is a great product and company

Pros: - Perfect replacement for Aereo. It actually has potential to be much better.
- Great customer support. These guys listen to you and are serious about implementing your ideas.
- Great functionality with Roku and computer
- Beautiful picture on HDTV

Cons: - No phone apps yet, the mobile browser can be a little troublesome
- Roku interface has a lot of room for improvement
- 4.99 a month for guide data (The device is still functional w/o it though!)

Other Thoughts: I am very glad I made this purchase and would highly recommend it. While there have been a few issues I am confident they will get worked out. Thanks Tablo!

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  • 9/26/2014 8:18:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsTablo SPVR2

Pros: Great Idea but not there yet. Based on the way the company is working on the software and communicating with their users, the device should exceed expectations in the future. I'm just to busy to participate in what is essentially beta testing the product. I was looking for a product 100% out of the box.

Cons: -To much reliance on configuiration with other devices to be plug and play (Roku, external hard drive... ).
- Company is activly developing as software I would still consider software beta. My expectaion for hardware/software devices that it works as well as an Apple device out of the box.

Other Thoughts: Great idea, A company needs to start somewhere. I'll let the early birds work out the bugs and may be back when the device is 100%. For now I'm buying a Tivo.

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  • psychic99
  • 9/11/2014 6:47:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot ready for prime time

Pros: This product has great promise, however I am skeptical that they will be able to stream in HD (720/1080) wirelessly over the long term to Chromecast/Roku. The interface is nice, some UI issues. Transcoding without a fan works quite nicely. The tuner is better than the HDhomerun which has silicon issues (studdering, etc). That product is unusable. I returned.

They don't charge for their apps yet (silicondust, sling) do. Sling apps really suck, and silicondust is getting much better.

Their support is great and they are engaged. They want to make this a better product. This is maybe 6-8 months from a 1.0 product.

Cons: This is certainly a beta product at BEST. There are numerous bugs and streaming wirelessly is not seamless at all. The android app force stops, for newer Android there is a studder issue (not Tablo fault but google), initial buffering you can brew a coffee, they format their drives in a way that all newer 4k drives will be mis-aligned. ipad app is pretty stable but no casting to CC. I bought this for parents to watch on TV, but clearly this is nowhere near stable for that. Expect tablet only at this point and occasional casting, but do with wires if possible. Chromecast will just freeze and not recover.

Other Thoughts: Going back a forth with support I found out that the recording quality setting is not only the recording quality transcode, but also the quality for CASTING. So if you set to 720 recording, it will cast at that resolution. I had to set the recording to DVD quality to get stable casting and I am afraid that that is a limitation of the hardware (chromecast) and wireless throughput so I am not sure this can be fixed in current generation products.

If you are going to hook up a hard drive, go to forum and see which ones work. They should have an updated list and qualification, but I originally used a drive which does not work and it caused great initial dissatisfaction.

The HDhomerun products (inc simple.tv) have lots of issues and I don't believe the current generation they will be able to fix because its a silicon issue. The Tablo looks to be software at this point, so there is hope.

Put plainly this is still a beta product and I will not be paying the monthly fee for a beta product. This has promise, but this is NOT ready for you living room yet.

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  • Cory
  • 9/8/2014 9:51:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSuper Disappointed

Pros: The idea is a great one, and the actual Tablo looks great.

Cons: Constantly disconnecting from the network/device, buffering/loading about every 2-3 minutes, the picture wasn't nearly as crisp as the signal straight from the antenna.

Other Thoughts: I was really looking forward to this product. I cut the cord a few months ago, and there's no way to watch NFL and college games without a TV subscription or NFL subscription other than OTA broadcasts. I live in a 80 year old home that has the coax plugs in really weird places far from the TVs, so I was excited about the wireless aspect of the Tablo. I did a lot of research and everyone seemed to rant about it, so I gave it a shot.

Setup was pretty straightforward on my Nexus 7 (2013) and the Tablo was up and slowly crawling within about 10 minutes. The Android app is painfully slow. It found a few channels in my area and showed the signal strength/picture quality. It takes 15-20 seconds to navigate to and start watching something. After I got the Tablo set up and ready, I had to download some new software to get it to work with my Roku Streaming Stick. I was excited to watch some college football on my big screen.

Once everything was ready to go, I navigated to the channel I wanted, which on initial setup showed 1080i strength, and was immediately disappointed. The picture quality was 720 tops, not true 1080HD. I decided I could live with that, but then the app kept "loading" every 2-3 minutes, which I assume is the Tablo buffering the signal to send over my network. I know that this isn't a network issue, since I have an Asus Dual-Band RT-AC66R router.

I decided that the combo of subpar picture quality, mixed with constant buffering and a terrible Android app was just too much. I'm returning the product today.

I don't know if it's Nuvyyo or Newegg's policy, but I'm getting charged a $30 "restocking" fee. I'll never buy anything again from Newegg. (My favorite internet company named after a Brazilian river doesn't charge restocking fees, so...)

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  • DAZ
  • 8/27/2014 1:06:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: For cord cutters Tablo TV is an unbelievable alternative to cable. It takes no time to connect - I like that it does it wirelessly too - no network cables to run at all. After getting connected I had Tablo do its channel scan with a decent HDTV indoor antenna connected, pointed it north to downtown Cincinnati - I'm about 9 miles away - and Tablo discovered 38 FREE channels up to 60 miles away!

The IOS interface is intuitive, easy, and fun to use making scheduling programs a snap. I use it with the Roku as well and nothing could be more cool in viewing great FREE over the air content.

I had a few questions about Tablo's operation after a day or two. Customer service was quick to respond and followed up with me to be sure all was well. It is the best new device I've found for viewing live TV anywhere as well as time shifting other shows for later viewing. Two thumbs way up for me for Tablo TV!!!

Cons: None at all.

Other Thoughts: This is just the most fun new device my wife and I have acquired and has really added to our TV viewing experience!

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  • 8/17/2014 2:53:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOUTSTANDING! I love it!

Pros: First off, if you're sick of cable, but not impressed with over the air, this changes everything. I'm not kidding! I want to drop my $135 per mo. basic Comcast Cable service and I looked at everything. I considered all options and bought a HDTV antenna and it was OK. The problem was, I couldn't tell when shows were coming on and I don't like LIVE TV. I like to forward though commercials, thus I felt stuck. Well, I bought this unit, added a 1 TB drive and it has changed my total outlook. Comcast is gone tomorrow!!!!!! With this unit and Apple TV, I got everything I need. Granted, I watch a lot of Netflix, but I want to see the Superbowl, Big Brother and Survivor, so I keep Cable. It's GONE!

I can't say enough good things about this unit. If you're confused on what unit to buy, what work, what your wife will understand, this is it. I could not be happier with my purchase.

Cons: The first unit I got was dead on arrival. I call Tablo support, did a few troubleshooting steps and they shipped me another one right away. Took a few days to get it, but it was worth the wait. The new one worked perfect.

Other Thoughts: I'm in Atlanta and get about 65 channels. I'm actually about 50 miles north of Atlanta, Woodstock GA. I would spend the money on a good antenna. I tried a cheap one and could only get about 30 channels. I bought the ClearSteam 2V Long Range VHF/UHF DTV Antenna and it works great.

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