This is a stand-alone DVD recorder from Panasonic that I’ve had for over 10 years. It has an 80GB hard drive that can store about 100 hours of programming recorded at LP speed. It has the built-in hard drive PLUS a DVD recorder.
With this machine, I can dub off a commercial supported program onto the hard drive, edit out the commercials and then dub the commercial-free version onto a blank DVD.
As such, I have my Tablo – along with my Roku and Amazon sticks – connected directly to the Panasonic so that everything can be recorded to the Panasonic if desired. So far, through OTA channels, via the Tablo, I’ve recorded hundreds of episodes of classic shows such as Have Gun Will Travel, Sea Hunt, Gunsmoke, etc.
In doing it this way, I do have to sacrifice HD for SD because everything is channeled through the Panasonic, then to my big TV. Since the Panasonic is not HD, I have to watch everything in SD on my TV – but it also gives me the ability to record stuff.
As for my original question, I usually just play back a recorded TV episode at live speed from the Tablo as I’m recording it on the Panasonic DVD recorder. I simply pause the recording and FF through the evil commercials to make the commercial free episodes. The problem is that I have accumulated 70 Sea Hunt episodes and it will take forever to do them one at a time.
If I could set the Tablo to play the ENTIRE list of Sea Hunt episodes, I could let the Panasonic hard drive record them all as one big recording. This will free up space on the Tablo and I can then edit out the commercials on the Panasonic hard drive, separate them, and then dub them onto a blank DVD at high speed.
That’s why I am trying to find out if I can set the Tablo to play the entire contents of a recording folder. Doesn’t sound like this is possible though.