I have a Tablo Quad, which I have spent the last week-plus trying to get set up. I’m getting weary of trying to watch programs that pixelate to the point you can’t figure out what’s happening, and the audio is broken and not understandable. The situation is severe enough the automatic commercial-skip doesn’t work.
I live in a valley with mountains over 2000 feet either side. My elevation is 80± feet while the transmitter locations are both over 3000 feet. One transmitter site is 6 miles away, while the other is 11 miles. The are separated by almost exactly 90 degrees, which means I need an antenna panel for each. My antenna is mast-mounted above my roof (about 20 feet above ground). That should pretty much guarantee decent reception. However, looking at my Tablo station listing, and picking a channel with four green dots (which means, I suspect, I should get a good picture), the picture is so fractured, you really have to pay attention. I even have one channel showing four green dots and then showing low signal when I try to connect.
The Tablo is supposed to be replacing a Tivo Bolt 4-tuner. I had very little problems with pixelization with the Tivo (other problems, you bet, just not pixelization.) If this pixelization problem can’t be resolved, however, the Tablo is going to be returned and I will just have to live with the Tivo. I’ve already been told the Tablo uses a different scheme to resolve the TV signal than Tivo, which is OK by me, but if it can’t resolve signal as strong as I receive, it proves nothing.