Tablo App for ATV 4

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by colodane, Jun 17, 2016.

  1. colodane macrumors 6502a

    colodane

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    Saw today that Tablo is announcing an app for the ATV. App is free. As I understand it, it allows for recording of OTA programming on the Tablo DVR box ($200) with easy access via ATV. The schedule info feed from Tablo is $5 a month.

    This could be an interesting option for some cord-cutters. I'd like to hear feedback on this forum from anyone who gives it a try, as well as general opinions on Tablo.
     
  2. jdag macrumors 6502a

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    Just installed the ATV app, and the 1st thing I noticed was that it is FAST and SMOOTH! Such an improvement over every other streaming device Tablo app I've used (FireTV, Roku). I've watched a few different channels, and have had zero buffering. FF/Rew is super quick and fluid. I very rarely use voice control in general, but even a quick check of "go back 30 seconds" worked perfectly.

    You are looking at a pretty sizable investment to get started, but of course, you are paid back in a handful of months by forgoing cable/satellite bills. Also, I am sure most people already have at least some of the needed hardware. When I set up my system, I believe I spent about $400 or so. Considering I've had it for ~20 months now, I've saved ~$2,000 in DirecTV charges, so no complaints whatsoever. The new ATV app completes the circle.

    Here are the startup costs:
    1) Tablo 4-tuner ($300) or 2-tuner ($200)
    2) USB HD (~$60) (Tablo has specific recommendations, so assume you need to buy a new one)
    3) OTA antenna ($40-$150+) (this is very much based on what you need for your specific installation)
    4) Coax cable ($0-$100) (again, depends on your situation, you may not need any new wiring)
    5) AppleTV(s) ($150/ea) (often on sale for $125, and you can use other streaming devices if you want, although seeing the performance of the new ATV app, don't skimp!)
    6) Programming guide is $5/mo or $150 lifetime (and, unlike TiVo, the lifetime is on your account, not on the specific Tablo box, so you can replace the box and/or add additional boxes and still have lifetime guide service) (note: technically the programming guide is not mandatory, but you would lose a ton of functionality by not having it)

    Tablos are pretty readily available on eBay. My cousin just bought a 2-tuner box last week for $120, including a 2tb external HD and shipping, so saved ~$140 off of new.

    This finally makes Tablo something I'd recommend. In the past, I would always give 100 different gotchas to people that asked about my setup.
     
  3. colodane thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you, jdag, for the very useful post. I understand everything except #2 - the "USB HD". Can you please explain in more detail what that is? Thanks!
     
  4. jdag macrumors 6502a

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  5. colodane thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Aha - HD = Hard Drive! Makes sense. I was thinking "High Definition". That does sound like a straight-forward setup, and I like having the storage separate from the tuner. Thanks again!
     
  6. satcomer macrumors 603

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    Here is the first review from AskUncleDave.

     
  7. 2manygs macrumors newbie

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    Does anyone know whether this will work in the UK?
     
  8. FreeState macrumors 68000

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    "Tablo is currently only available for residents of the United States (including Alaska & Hawaii) and Canada. You can buy Tablo direct from www.tablotv.com or through our trusted Online Retail Partners."

    https://www.tablotv.com/faq/
     

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