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Tablo Digital Video Recorder SPVR2-01-NA Wireless Interface

  • Watch, pause and record live TV
  • Skip commercials
  • Schedule recordings
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Learn more about the Tablo SPVR2-01-NA

Model

Brand
Tablo
Model
SPVR2-01-NA

General

Color
Black
TV Tuner
Dual Tuners
Remote Control
No
Interface
Wireless

Features

Features
Tablo is a 2-Tuner Over-The-Air (OTA) DVR for Cord-Cutters using HDTV antennas to have access to broadcast TV signals. Browse, record and stream live and recorded HDTV programs on any device, anytime, anywhere in the world - without the expense or commitment of cable or satellite contracts.

A Whole-Home-DVR and placeshifter combined, Tablo streams HDTV to all connected devices on your home network or anywhere you have internet.

One touch of Tablo's interface on your tablet and you'll never settle for a remote control again. It's visually rich and colorful, intuitively organized and easy to browse by genre, channel and time.


Tablo DVR Features
-Watch, pause and record live TV
-Skip commercials
-Schedule recordings
-Manage existing recordings
-Record up to 2 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
-2 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

Specifications

Specifications
2 OTA ATSC tuners

RAM 512 MB (2 Tuner)

Flash 1 GB

WiFi included - 802.11n dual band 2.4 and 5Ghz with MIMO

2 USB 2.0 ports for flexible USB HD storage

Bluetooth 4.0 (for future features)

Width: 174 mm (6.85")

Depth: 116 mm (4.57")

Height: Dual Tuner: 36 mm (1.42")

Weight: Dual Tuner: 0.81lb

To use Tablo you need the following things:
-an HDTV antenna
-a tablet computer with a 7” screen or larger running Apple iOS7 or Android 4.2 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 Apple TV (which uses AirPlay from an iPad), Roku or a Chromecast dongle or a computer with an HDMI-out attached to the TV.

Packaging

Package Contents
Tablo Digital Video Recorder
AC adapter (100-120V, 50-60Hz)
Ethernet Cable
Quick Start Guide

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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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

This review is from: Tablo Digital Video Recorder SPVR2-01-NA Wireless Interface

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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  • N/A
  • 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!

This review is from: Tablo Digital Video Recorder SPVR2-01-NA Wireless Interface

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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  • frank00
  • 8/14/2014 9:14:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great!

This review is from: Tablo Digital Video Recorder SPVR2-01-NA Wireless Interface

Pros: Easy setup.
Intuitive menu.
Easy to schedule recordings.
Conventional guide view as well as prime time and recording views.
Can watch on Roku, iPad, tablet, or PC.
Silent.

Cons: The only con I can think of is there is no app for the game consoles yet.

Other Thoughts: I have been weaning my family off of cable TV for the last month or two and going with this and a few subscription online services (hulu plus, netflix, and prime of which I already had subscriptions before considering dropping cable) plus magicjack for home phone. We will officially be "cord cutters" in two weeks.

90% of what everyone watches in my house is available on over the air. I'm saving 80% by dropping cable.

Tablo makes the transition easy. It's really easy to use. I have it installed on my network. Setup is a breeze, but you need to use Chrome or Safari for full functionality. Setup doesn't even work in IE, but I don't necessarily consider this a con since more and more newer web-standard pages are not totally functioning in IE these days.

You do need a Roku box, Apple TV or a PC with video out to get the programming from your Tablo to the TV. The Tablo app works much like other Roku and iPad apps which makes it much easier to convince other family members that everything will be 'OK' when you drop cable TV.

It's a great product I would recommend to anyone looking for an over-the-air DVR. They have a support team that is very active on their community forum. They take suggestions for improvements and those that get implemented are sent out in firmware updates to the device.

There are two competing products in this space. I chose this one because of the many complaints that the other unit was noisy. I'm glad I did choose the Tablo.

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  • Galroc
  • 8/4/2014 12:33:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery promising start

This review is from: Tablo Digital Video Recorder SPVR2-01-NA Wireless Interface

Pros: This is the product I have been waiting for: Roku-compatible inexpensive, energy efficient, networked and silent DVR OTA Tuner.

People over look the energy efficiency of appliances, but when something is on 24hrs/day, then it really matters and costs money. My Roku 3 + Tablo TV is below 12 watts. You could build a PC to mimic what a Roku 3 and a Tablo TV does, but then the costs to build it, maintain it, and power it would be substantially higher.

I love the fact that I have ROKU 3 as the center of Netflix, Youtube, Tablo TV and other channels. I don't have to switch TV inputs to access my various content. This makes it wife friendly.

Video playback is outstanding, OTA HDTV is much better than the compressed version you get via cable or satellite tv. That alone makes it worth it to get a Tablo TV.

Tablo TV is silent, because it is fanless, unlike some competitors.

You only need one Tablo TV to service your entire house.

Tablo TV has a ton of promise and a great start.

Cons: You can't use Desktop USB drives that have 4K sectors. Hopefully they fix this major oversight soon. Buy a portable USB drive for now.

The Roku 3 app is very crude and has limited functionality. I would like to see a return to where I left off, 30 second skip, better TV guide and a on screen guide over laid across the live tv.

Also, the guide data is based on zip code. I am able to pick up stations in another state, but the Tablo isn't providing guide data for those stations. I changed my zip code to something closer to that state, and now I have guide data.

The station scanning should show signal strength numbers instead of 5 circles. It should also remember stations from a previous scan in case you have a Antenna that rotates. I use my TV tuner to tune my antenna, and then I switch back to the Tablo TV.

Other Thoughts: You do need a playback device like a Roku, Apple TV, Android Tablet, or a Web browser. Reportedly, the Apple TV's app is the most mature, The Tablo TV doesn't have HDMI, which isn't really needed, unless you like switching inputs on your TV. I prefer to have one control device, like a Roku, and the Tablo TV just provides the backend. It makes everything simplier.

My setup is Antenna's Direct DB8e with a 2 tuner Tablo, and Roku 3s.

One set of stations is 66 miles away, and the other set is about 40 miles away.

I am able to pull in most except stations except one that has co-channel interference.

It would be awesome, but unrealistic, if the Tablo TV could rotate a TV antenna automatically depending upon station.

The company appears to be working very hard to update all their apps. If small issues get in the way of enjoying a Tablo TV, perhaps you should hold off until they get everything sorted out but it has passed the wife test.

Can't update a previous review. Newegg sent me a replacement for a broken Tablo fairly quickly. I gave the Tablo TV a 5 star review to offset the 1 star I have earlier. I would give it 4 stars now and 5 stars when they fix their Roku app.

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  • Al
  • 8/4/2014 12:41:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsI really love this product.

This review is from: Tablo Digital Video Recorder SPVR2-01-NA Wireless Interface

Pros: Very easy to setup and link with my Roku and now Plex; pics look great; lovely interface; responsive team of Customer Service Reps. and technical support.

Cons: It took a long time before the guide data downloaded, but a few days later it did with the help of tech support. Live in metro DC area so who knows what. Also, I was constantly disconnecting it to reattach it to my network. Latest update seems to help that better.

Other Thoughts: The ease of use of the guide data sold me on this; plus the one thing I'd missed about cable was DVR. This is more than enough, and I love it! 1 TB wallet sized HDD has me sooo happy!

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  • Miketablo
  • 7/26/2014 11:45:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTABLO

This review is from: Tablo Digital Video Recorder SPVR2-01-NA Wireless Interface

Pros: My new Tablo helps me record HDTV over air broadcast with playback as good as
the original broadcast. The recording quality is excellent. It is simple to setup and use.
I use a ROKU and PC for the TV interface.
I have a 2 tuner Tablo, I can record 2 programs at the same time.
The subscription Program Listing provides excellent listing of current and future shows.

Cons: The model of the Hard Drive used is critical for good Tablo performance
but Tablo support has much info regarding this.
The user manual is minimal , but my experience
with the support department has been great, quick and
complete response to my concerns.

Other Thoughts: Tablo has solved my desire to record broadcast HDTV
since the VCR, used in the previous Television World ,
became obselete.

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  • Galroc
  • 7/22/2014 7:20:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDidn't even plug it in and it has to be returned..

This review is from: Tablo Digital Video Recorder SPVR2-01-NA Wireless Interface

Pros: None yet. I haven't even powered it on.

Cons: Heard a metallic sound inside case when I lifted the Tabloo out of its box. Something is loose inside.

Sending back....

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  • N/A
  • 7/17/2014 10:27:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsGreat DVR

This review is from: Tablo Digital Video Recorder SPVR2-01-NA Wireless Interface

Pros: The setup took a while since, but this was due to not having a great HDTV antenna. I actually purchased a mohu leaf 50 antenna which gave. I used to have aereo but this is much better. I'm able to record 4 shows at once and be able to see it any where, which is something i really enjoy.

Cons: The company is working on the cons. 1. No iphone app to watch or set you tablo to record to watch later. 2. If you have selected to record multiple episodes of a tv show and watch an episode there is no way to tell which episode you watch. Aereo was able to do this by adding a blue dot next to the episodes that you have not watch. 3. Extend recording when a sporting event or show goes over for some reason. 4. Click on a record button on live tv to record immediately. 5. Select multiple episode of tv show to delete or delete all episode at once.

Other Thoughts: While this dvr is missing some features that we have become used to in other dvrs it is still a great dvr. I like it better than aereo, i don't have to worry about the government taking it away. I hope to see some of the missing features in the near future. If you used to pay for aereo ($13), this device (4-turner), plus 1 2TB hard drive and monu leaf antenna should pay for itself within 39 months. If you had basic cable it will pay for itself within a year.

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  • N/A
  • 7/17/2014 8:18:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSo far so good

This review is from: Tablo Digital Video Recorder SPVR2-01-NA Wireless Interface

Pros: Records what I want to. Once you get the hang of the interface, it works pretty well. I can view it on my ipads so far.

Cons: 1. The initial setup is not as easy or user friendly.
2. So far, I have not gotten it to work with the roku.
3. The web interface on my computer takes a lot of cache memory on safari. I wish it would work with firefox but it does not.
4. So far, recording two shows at the same time cause the signal from my antenna to degrace.

Other Thoughts: I am still working with the device to see if I can improve it. Since Aereo was disconnected and I do not want to go back to cable, I will see if I can work around it. If you have a great antenna signal, it might not be an issue. Right now in NYC, I can't get 11 and 13.

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  • millsdmb
  • 7/17/2014 3:45:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMy Perfect Aereo Replacement

This review is from: Tablo Digital Video Recorder SPVR2-01-NA Wireless Interface

Pros: Box is silent, which was a concern for Simple TV.
Fastest channel scanning ive ever seen
Clean interface on Roku, Plex, or Web
Passed the wife test
I control it and am not at the mercy of a server getting hammered on Superbowl Sunday.

Cons: Requires your own antenna
May require tuning of your network for optimal performance, or streaming from remote (Hotels, etc)
Still receiving many updates, which I consider a Pro. However someone looking for a "seasoned" device may be disappointed as even the more mature Simple TV 2 has terrible reviews regarding customer service and inability to return.

Roku does not yet work from remote networks.

Other Thoughts: I found it easiest to first setup my antenna (Clearstream C2) and connect it directly to the TV so I would know channels and quality to expect through the Tablo.

Use the shortest coaxial cable possible to connect antenna to tablo. Ive heard folks with the four tuner model have difficulty, as it splits the signal regardless of what is being watched - - resulting in degradation of quality

The folks that make the Tablo are incredibly active on their blog, taking suggestions from users and implementing them. You can tell they really love OTA TV. I am very exited with each update and know that they are passionate about their product.

Some might see it as "beta" product, but there just hasnt been any demand for this kind of stuff up until Aereo showed us what we could get for free over the air, and even more so when the Supreme Court ignorantly took it away from us. Although I am much happier with this system in the long run as I feel I control it, a bunch of people in black dresses.

I would buy again most definitely.

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