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

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  • Chris
  • 2/23/2015 12:49:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsBuyer Beware

Pros: Does over-the-air recording and you can playback from anywhere.

Cons: Extremely buggy equipment. I am now purchasing my third hard drive because the company keeps telling me the hard drive I have is the problem. If I continue to have problems after this hard drive, I will dispose of the Tablo.

Other Thoughts: I purchased the Tablo directly from the company in September 2014. I was a huge supporter of the product. Unfortunately I have had numerous issues with the device and have lost all of my recordings numerous times. The latest problem I am having is the device indicates that I have poor reception when I try to tune into a channel. It will not record or show live TV. When I disconnect the hard drive, live TV will display. This has been a recurring problem. So far the only fix I have found is factory resetting the system, which causes the system to reformat the hard drive and I lose all of the recordings. Tablo support wants to blame the hard drive, despite the fact that the drive meets the criteria on their web site and the hard drive will play recordings without any problem. If you buy this product, be prepared for the frustration that comes with very immature products.

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  • BDubb
  • 1/30/2015 8:01:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest OTA DVR So Far

Pros: Totally independent and separate from PC
Plays on almost any device - PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Roku and others
Company committed to continuous improvement
Regular updates and improvements
Guide fee is minimal compared to savings of cord cutting.
Makes cord cutting feasible. Netflix, Hulu, Vudu are great but you really must have local channels to feel connected to community.

Cons: No native Xbox apps. Workarounds to this are clunky
Updates can cause problems and are not seamless
Remote viewing requires moderate level networking skills to configure ports.
Wife frustrated when updates caused hiccups.

Other Thoughts: Best solution so far to DVR free OTA TV. Really great device and overall concept. Updates are regular and have offered improved features but have initially caused problems. I just had to reformat drive and reset Tablo to factory and all was well again...with new update installed. This sounds extreme but takes about 5 minutes. Would totally recommend.

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  • 1/21/2015 4:51:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks Great

Pros: Easy setup and use.
Dual tuner for mutiple show recording.
Works with my Roku's.
Small and easy for remote setup.
Hooks to router and setup is a breeze.
Have router, disk drive, and antenna in bedroom closet so no mess for entertainment center.

Cons: Must buy hard drive, antenna.
Roku Chanel is being upgraded but current Roku chanel is not ideal.
Runs pretty warm.
Not all harddrives are compatable.
Monthly fee for guide.

Other Thoughts: This is great for cable cutters. Been using it for a while now and srteam my local chanels through the house.
Records smartly and playback is great quality.
Have had a couple hickups with live TV playback, but firmware releases are making it smoother.
I can't wait for the new upgrades to the Roku chanel. (Due 1st q 2015)
Currently have to log in using a laptop, or Ipad to change settings and see the live TV guide.
Even with the kinks being worked out, I use my Tablo daily. With Hulu and Netflix, I have more TV than I know what to do with.
Would recomend for cable cutters.

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  • 12/29/2014 8:41:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA bit quirky but really a great device

Pros: Great device support, good connectivity, clean interface, good customer support, nice picture quality.

Cons: Setup didn't work very smoothly, streaming video has occasional "buffering" hiccups, TV Guide service is too expensive.

Other Thoughts: I really love my Tablo. It really is the perfect device for the cordcutter. Tablo+Netflix is a wonderful, complete solution for most TV watching needs. Perhaps you prefer Hulu Plus or Prime. You need an external hard drive, a Roku (optional), and a good TV antenna, so the complete investment is a bit pricey, but it is a one time deal. You will definitely save money in the long run.

The Android app works well as well as the Chrome app on the desktop. They have also recently added Chromecast support, which is really nice. Apparently they also support iOS and Plex, though I've never used them. The best thing about the Tablo is the support for a wide variety of devices.

I have a home network using NAT behind a cable modem and I'm able to stream my TV signal outside my home to my phone or whatever. That is a nice feature.

The Tablo is basically a Tivo that only tunes over-the-air broadcast (and streams to your tablet, get it?). If you don't already know, modern TV broadcasts are digital HD (1080 or 720) and look great. With the included TV guide, you can schedule shows and movies to be recorded and streamed later. It works exactly as you'd expect a time-shifting device to work.

I'd say that the streaming performance is okay. There are pretty regular "buffering" glitches on my setup, however they've been releasing a lot of software updates recently that are apparently addressing the issue. They have several video quality settings, perhaps I should play with those since my home wifi is a bit flaky. There was formerly an issue where the recording would stop if the broadcast signal was temporarily lost however that has been fixed.

In conclusion, I'd say that this is a must-have for the modern cord-cutter, however those of you that insist on a 100% perfect picture will probably not be able to handle it unless you live in a city (strong TV reception) and have a rock-solid network (abundant bandwidth).

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  • Larryg4b
  • 12/4/2014 9:05:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove the savings

Pros: Ease of use, easy set up, can use with many devices

Cons: Only con is I would like a native app for AppleTV but not the fault of Tablo but Apple.

Other Thoughts: I am really enjoying using this device. I have cancelled cable and saving money every month. My wife was able to adapt without problems which was a big help in cutting the cord.

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  • N/A
  • 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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  • N/A
  • 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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