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Tablo SPVR4-01-NA 4 Tuner DVR for HDTV Antennas
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great product 08/09/2014

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

Pros: Able to record 4 shows at once. Able to stream to multiple Rokus at once, and to remote Android, or PC with a Chrome browser. Responsive tech support.. Low power requirements.

Cons: none works as advertised

Other Thoughts: I was a 10 year mythtv user, and cut the cable TV cord many years ago. I upgraded to a multiple TabloTV setup mainly to save on the power bill. One year of not paying a cable TV Bill will pay easily for the TabloTV. The lower power bill is a plus. TabloTV is quiet and responsive, record everything. You will end up deleting shows you simply do not have time to watch.

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ADATA 2TB USB 3.0 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Failed when used with a TabloTV 04/25/2014

This review is from: ADATA 2TB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive AHV620-2TU3-CBK Black

Pros: Inexpensive for a 2TB USB drive

Cons: I tried to use this for video storage with a TabloTV. Initially it worked OK. The Tablo detected the drive and formatted. But after scheduling several back to back recordings all the recordings failed.

Other Thoughts: I suspect some sort of power-saving spin down mode. But that is only a guess on my part. A Seagate backup plus works fine with the Tablo.

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Simple.TV STV2-2US Power by SiliconDust The Ultimate Network Dual Tuner & DVR Records Free-to-Air HDTV & Streams to All your Favorite Devices Anywhere in Anytime
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: low power so the greener solution

Cons: I returned my simple TV. I have been using mythtv as a DVR since August
2004. I installed a HD antenna in the attic as soon as the local stations
switched to HD broadcast, and I cut the cord. So I know a little about the
subject.

I was looking for something that did two things.
1. Was a little greener to operate. My mythtv backend and frontend each
has a 450W power supply.
2. Was a little easier for my wife to operate.

I thought SimplteTV was the answer. But it has the following issues.

1. Some recordings simply fail. The reason is “Failed to tune the
station”.
2. Those that fail you cannot delete. You can delete them and they appear
to to be deleted, but later show back up as a recorded show. Eventually
the “My Shows” will be filled with zombie recordings.
3. Time jumps back 15 minutes and you end up with the last 15 minutes of a
show you didn't want to record and you loose the last 15 minutes of a show
you did want to record.
4. The only way to fix #3 is to reboot. But when you do that you it fails
to record for the next two hours “because the system rebooted while
recording”.
4. Fast forward a show via the chrome browser and a recording gets into a
state where it play a few seconds and stops you have to exit out and
restart the playback and it plays a few more seconds and stops. Exit out
start again. Well you get the picture.
5. Some recording do OK via chrome but Roko it gets into a loop and plays
a few seconds stops re-synch's plays the same few seconds and just loops
that way.
6. Watching the router firewall logs this thing sends has an enormous
amount of traffic to/from the internet. Why? Based on my experience with
MythTV all this need to do is down load guide data once every 24 hours or
so an operation that takes 30-60 seconds max. It does not need to
communicate with the “Cloud” each time you click on an icon on the Web
interface. Way to much over head in my opinion..
7. No control over the device it has a open port on port 80 and 23 (yep
telnet not ssh hint this is the 21's century). But you cannot access the
device locally you have to go through the my.simple.tv web page to access
your local device. Again too much overhead.

Other Thoughts: Any bottle neck getting to the "Cloud" will stall this device. It simply
needs to record a show on time to a local file system not check in with
the "Cloud" for every little thing.

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Display Name: Alan A.

Date Joined: 09/14/04

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  • First Review: 03/08/14
  • Last Review: 08/09/14
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