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

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Anonymous
  • 6/8/2015 6:23:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsonce great but now busted

This review is from: Tablo SPVR4-01-NA 4 Tuner DVR for HDTV Antennas

Pros: Used to work quite well

Cons: Latest firmware causes me 7 month old Tablo to constsntly crash and reboot when viewing with Roku. Worked great for 5 months until firmware was supposedly upgraded. My system went from very usable to being basically useless. My investments for Tablo 4 tuner DVR, lifetime subscription, big hard disk and OTA antenna installation are $770 of mostly wasted money. Tablo takes absolutely no responsibility and blames problem on Roku. Roku points to Tablo and takes no responsibility. Consumers get no remedy whatsover. Two months later the Tablo support website has many unhappy users but no hint whatsoever of any solution. Tablo support merely states: "We hope Roku finds a solution soon".

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  • William E.
  • 5/4/2015 3:53:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBEST OTA DVR

This review is from: Tablo SPVR4-01-NA 4 Tuner DVR for HDTV Antennas

Pros: I cut the cable cord a year ago, and was searching for a DVR when I found the Tablo. I already had a Roku 3, so the Tablo sounded like what I wanted. The cost for the EPG is for ALL the Tablos you have and not per device.

Cons: pretty new company and some basic features are currently lacking, but they are coming. Example: Ability to delete all recordings of a show, or keep the last so many recordings of a show.

Other Thoughts: The EPG is not required, but if you have it, you can watch your TV anyplace you are that there is internet connectivity. Firetv, Roku, or other device required to watch.

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  • Donald R.
  • 4/23/2015 11:26:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: Tablo SPVR4-01-NA 4 Tuner DVR for HDTV Antennas

Pros: the Tablo has recorded all of the shows and movies I have chosen. Works very well with my Roku 3 and an older roku 1. Tested running both at the same time and found no problems(I do run very high speed access). Setup was quick and easy. Used the PC app for setup and have setup many recording using the adnroid app also. All and all I am very happy with my Tablo.

Cons: It does run very hot. See other coments

Other Thoughts: I have a 1.5 TB drive pluged in the one of the USB ports and in the other I have pluged in a laptop cooling pad and placced it under the Tablo and Hard drive. It is never more than warm now. very nice fix. Cooler is USB Powered. Found a nice deal on Newegg. Very quite and keeps the Tablo cool.

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  • Robert K.
  • 3/18/2015 7:19:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGood but with quirks

This review is from: Tablo SPVR4-01-NA 4 Tuner DVR for HDTV Antennas

Pros: You get to buy your own antenna and hard drive to dictate storage size, and have less points of failure on the actual tablo device. Also great if you already have those things laying around like i did.

It's running very fast for me (the interface, live tv and recordings). They all take about 3-5 seconds to initially load and you're up and running.

The support is awesome (which is very important, as you may need it setting this thing up). It looks clean and runs smooth. I got replies almost instantly.

Cons: The setup took a bit of time as the web app for chrome wasn't working on my desktop. I had to pull it up on my laptop and it ended up working after a couple restarts of the tablo device. After that's its been smooth sailing.

Fast forwarding and rewinding is kind of a pain because it doesn't always show the snapshots so you can't see where you're at.

The live channel list is kinda dull. I had to memorize what all the 4 letter channel names were (they don't list there as ABC, NBC, etc). but it's functional so whatever.

Sometimes the lists don't load on my Roku and sometimes the apps don't sync immediately. Give it a restart and/or some time and it eventually connects.

It runs hotter than any other piece of hardware i have. It has 4 tuners and a lot of stuff to do so whatever, just be sure to give it good breathing room.

Other Thoughts: If it doesn't break in the next 4 years then it's worth the money. Very solid device. 4 tuners is amazing so we can watch in 2 rooms and still be recording at the same time.

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  • William H.
  • 2/19/2015 5:36:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe best DVR system available

This review is from: Tablo SPVR4-01-NA 4 Tuner DVR for HDTV Antennas

Pros: Roku, Chrome cast, Apple TV integration

I can now use the Tablo app on my Android phone or tablet and set recording schedule, watch recordings live tv and view the guide, or watch on my TV using the Roku app(channel) works great with the Roku 3.

You can also watch or access your recordings remotely.

I have been cable free about a year and this fills that last empty space, free at last :)

Cons: Monthly, yearly or lifetime guide subscription after 30 day free trial

Other Thoughts: You won't be disappointed, if you have an internet connection and want an easy to setup OTA DVR system that integrates with other TV devices. Tablo is your one device.

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  • Soren S.
  • 1/22/2015 12:46:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTablo - Cut that cable! Save money on your TV Viewing.

This review is from: Tablo SPVR4-01-NA 4 Tuner DVR for HDTV Antennas

Pros: *record HD over-the-air TV and play back anytime
*watch TV from you computer - Ipads - Tables
*easy set up
*Tablo is STILL being improved - young company that listens to it's customers and does it best to meet their needs
*GREAT for Cable and Satellite Cord Cutters!

Cons: I cannot complain much about my Tablo. The only thing my wife complains about is that there is NOT a clock on it's interface.

I wish the Tablo schedule would project further into the future... right now I can only see what is scheduled for about 24 hours in advance

Other Thoughts: We could no longer afford to pay DirecTV $90+ a month to watch the local channels and a few shows on other channels. Since we were addicted to the DVR functionality of the Satellite system, we were very worried that we would NOT sit down in time to watch our shows live. Sure we could get Hulu or one of the other services to watch those shows on OUR time... but then we would be spending MORE money. The plan was to cut the satellite cord and start using that money elsewhere.

I had already purchased a Roku 3 and an indoor (hang on the window) HD Antenna a few months before so the ONLY costs to move over to the Tablo was the purchase the Tablo itself and a compatible external harddrive. So for the same amount we would have paid in 3 -4 months worth of DirecTV bills we picked up the necessary hardware we needed for the Tablo. At this point, watching our favorite shows is a BREEZE, skipping commercials isn't quite as easy as DirecTV, but you catch on very quickly.. and what do I pay for TV service every month now? $4.99 for Tablo's Guide. I'm saving about $90 a month. It really was a no brainer for us to make this move.

Now if you are into all the specialty channels or the sports channels on cable/dish, then this move make not be a good one for you.

For what we are missing, we sure are enjoying the savings more.

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  • Rob R.
  • 1/19/2015 8:57:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat device - saves $$$ - getting better with each tweak!

This review is from: Tablo SPVR4-01-NA 4 Tuner DVR for HDTV Antennas

Pros: I was an early 4 tuner adopter (pre-ordered and online since July 2014). I could not be happier - it's easy to setup; saves money for local FREE OTA programming (which was 85% of what I watched), and is multi-device friendly (I use it on Roku, iPad, laptop and smart phone). The iPad interface is very nice to view content on. The Web app is also good. Roku interface is not the best but we've been promised a new ground up Roku app - actually shown a glimpse of the upgraded interface at CES which looks to rival TiVo.

Cons: There are some folks that don't like that you need to buy the hard drive and antenna separately - it's not hard to do and allows you to use legacy gear in your house to save a couple of bucks. There were some early glitches but Tablo support was great in getting resolution to it. There's still some tweaking going on with firmware updates and polishing up the interfaces - not quite as slick as TiVo yet but it's getting there quickly. Check the hard drive compatibility forums to make sure you buy a compatible drive. Currently Tablo doesn't support anything larger than 2TB and you need to make sure it's not using 4K sector sizes as the Tablo won't address those drives yet.

Other Thoughts: I think it's a great device and definitely the way to cut your cable/satellite bill out. Initial cost is steep but you can walk out with a workable solution with lifetime subscription for less than $550. The online forum is extremely helpful and folks are very helpful in getting your problems resolved. For reference, one hour of recorded programming on the 720p setting takes approximately 2.2GB of space.

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  • Gustavo M.
  • 12/28/2014 6:14:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTablo TV 4 tuners

This review is from: Tablo SPVR4-01-NA 4 Tuner DVR for HDTV Antennas

Pros: Great concept some what easy to use for average user.

Cons: The Tablo buffers the video too much when viewing over any device at home. I have connected the Tablo via Ethernet wire to see if that would improve the streaming, but it just buffers too much. I am very dissatisfied with the performance of this product. I don't think this product is ready for replacing your cable box until the video streaming quality has been improved.

Other Thoughts: I don't think this product is ready for replacing your cable box until the video streaming quality has been improved.

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  • Devon M.
  • 12/11/2014 6:30:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect device for cutting the cord

This review is from: Tablo SPVR4-01-NA 4 Tuner DVR for HDTV Antennas

Pros: Tablo is easy to use, iOS interface is great, Roku is promising, picture quality

Cons: Need to purchase hard drive seperatly, minimal subscription fee

Other Thoughts: There is still room for improvement but they are rolling out updates often. iOS platform looks and works great. Looking forward to the roku update. The HD picture looks great on iOS and roku with the exception of sports. When watching football, the ball is a little choppy looking. Hopefully that will be fixed later on with an update. Overall a great product if you are cutting the cord.

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  • Joseph R.
  • 12/4/2014 1:39:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

This review is from: Tablo SPVR4-01-NA 4 Tuner DVR for HDTV Antennas

Pros: Can use your own hard drive (and easily swap or replace them). 4 turner ability. Works with Roku3 perfectly. Built in amp. Only needs the internet for guide updates. Works well in chrome on phones (I'm on 4.4; ios has dedicated app).

Cons: needs subscription for the guide - but thats understandable. It does work without it, but you really should get it to complete the package. I would go with the lifetime. Some people list not having a TV output as a con, but being on the network has many advantages (can watch on your tablet, phone, pc, or tv - instead of just tv). You should force your router to N wifi (not mixed) if you're going to use wifi, however to eliminate wifi issues (most likely caused by poor quality routers) - I *HIGHLY* recommend using the LAN port on the tablo to your switch (or router) to eliminate the use of having to upload the signal over wifi while downloading to a device for watching also on wifi - this seems to stress out wifi routers (especially if someone else on the same wifi starts uploading to a local media server). Keeping the source tablo on LAN cable keeps it very good quality).

Other Thoughts: Many updates have improved this device, especially after NFL started this year. Any review you read - make sure that its after Sept/Oct 2014. So many stability and other improvements have been made that make old reviews obsolete and often list cons that are no longer an issue. I had some frustrating moments, the biggest one was not realizing you *MUST TURN OFF SLEEP MODE* of whatever hard drive you are using. I'm using an old Western Digital 1tb pocket drive. It took me weeks to figure out to go download the WD utility program (from support page) so I could easily update the firmware of the drive, AND make sure sleep/hibernate was disabled on the drive. *note* that i was able to do this on a Windows PC after the tablo had specially formatted the drive and I had shows on there (I did not lose my shows). So while I didnt see any files on the drive (because the tablo uses special format), the WD utility program still saw the drive, and allowed me to update the firmware and shut off sleep mode on the drive. With sleep mode on, I constantly [thought] i had to reboot the tablo, but turns out the USB drives cause hiccups if are set to sleep. Using the Roku3 on each tv, tablo plugged in via LAN cable, hard drive sleep mode set to off, and lifetime subscription - I have successfully cut the cord.

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