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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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  • N/A
  • 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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  • 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!

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!

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

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.

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

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..

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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