My name is Alan. I live in Cheshire, Connecticut (USA) and I am considering making the “Quantum Leap” from cable to OTA. We have used DISH, Comcast, and most recently AT&T U-verse for as long as I can remember. However, AT&T sold their cable service to Frontier and everything went drastically downhill. This has had me considering cutting the cord for over a year now. However, I want to make sure I have all my bases covered.
To give you an idea of our TV usage, we have three adults and two children who use six televisions in our home. We almost exclusively DVR our programming (why wait for commercials?). Since the change from AT&T to Frontier we have completely stopped using the On Demand functions. I went through the list of shows we record and input the networks, date, and time into a Google Sheet. We record as many as 4 shows at the same time. Therefore, I am considering the Tablo 4-Tuner OTA DVR. As I understand it, If it is recording 4 shows at the same time, I can still watch the recorded broadcasts on 6 WiFi devices. Can I also still watch live TV on those WiFi enabled devices?
I also discovered that almost every show we watch is from network television like ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW. Any recommendations for watching shows on AMC, TNT, Cartoon Network, Nick, and Disney’s Channels?
I plan on purchasing a number of antenna to test signal reception in my wooded and hilly region of the New England. I would ideally like to use an indoor amplified antenna. However, I would not be opposed to using an outdoor or attic receiver if necessary. Do you all watch live television through the Tablo? If not, do you split the signal from your antenna or purchase separate antenna for each television?
In order to watch our recorded and live television through the Tablo, we will need a Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, etc. This device will have to be universal throughout the house so that my mother-in-law, wife, and children all understand how to access their shows. My mother-in-law has a Roku 3 connected to her television and feels comfortable navigating her way through it. I believe we will choose this device unless someone has an overwhelming reason to go with Apple TV.
In terms of a HD, I plan on purchasing a Seagate Expansion 5TB HD which was recommended on the Tablo website. I have heard that there is the ability to take videos on the Tablo and play them on your computer. Is there a way to take video from the computer and convert it to play on the Tablo? I would love to take “movies” on my computer and put them up on the big screen
Once I have made sure that everything about my plan is up to snuff, I will purchase the equipment and test it for at least a month before the big reveal to my family. I want to make sure that I understand every aspect of the operation of this equipment before officially cutting the cord.
Any thoughts and recommendations from current users would be most appreciated.
I appreciate your help,