If I was planning on staying with cable (will be making that cord cut leap soon) I would probably go with a device like this since some big-name-national-cable-providers-who-were-recently-in-the-news-regarding-customer-service (and wont be named) dont always roll out their top products in markets like mine that have little to no competition and we are still using the previous decade’s DVR technology… heck my old and god rest its soul REPLAY TV was more advanced than the cable company provided DVR …
Totally interested in this as an option!
cable card support is a good thing and should be viewed by all Tablo owners as such. Cable card support for Tablo allows it to attract a huge new pool of potential customers which means more development for all the features everyone wants. I say bring it on!
Thanks for the explanation @TabloTV.
@RFSox That’s the idea
I personally would love this product. Tablo provides a convenience that is useful for people with cable as well. Having a simple solution to access to all channels on every device with dvr features would be great.
No plan to go back to cable, now that I have my Tablo.
Looks like something similar to the Slingbox M1, unless I’m missing something…Is that right?
@napercort, yes… at first it doesn’t make sense. If you’re paying the huge cable bill, then shouldn’t you be using what they provide? And why would you need a Tablo?
However, cable companies do not carry (I know, it’s weird) all of the available OTA channels. They may carry the “main” frequency, but not those sub channels where all of the good content is at.
So… yes… I do think it’s weird going back to paying a ton of money to cable, but I can understand why those with big bucks would still want a Tablo.
I’d be interested. In the process right now of getting better OTA for my current setup and when I do Tablo will be the next step I think.
Cable DVRs cost extra. HD costs extra. Multiple TVs cost extra.
@snocat I hate HD cost… what??? I mean does that even make sense anymore? But yet all (I think all) providers charge you for HD. Ridiculous!
With that said, at least for US providers, you can’t just get a cable card without paying for the normal fees… so all a cable card does it save you (maybe) the cost of a DVR (but sometimes it’s included anyhow).
In general a provider cable card gets you all the high cost of cable minus many convenience features you’d have if you used their DVR. (just saying)
But I guess we’re talking about their “basic” package which is primarily just OTA (minus many OTA channels)… IMHO, better if you just cut the cord…
This would be an ideal product for me. We don’t have great OTA reception here, although I think I could make it work. But the bigger thing is the increased WAF in cutting the cord in stages. We’d still get the cable channels we “need” while losing $40/month in equipment rentals and terrible interface. After she’s used to the setup, I can convince her that it’s not worth $50/month for the handful of shows we’d be losing. (Assuming the cable card version also supports OTA. Having to buy a new Tablo and ditch the old one to go OTA would be a dealbreaker.)
And yes… certainly of OTA doesn’t work, you are sort of forced to buy cable… though possibly reduced cost by using a cable card.
Question: Is Tablo going to charge a premium for the ability to use SiliconDust tuner?
Now, this would be something!!!
Yes! I’m in an area where I could get some OTA broadcasts, but having a cable option would be the way I would go. Charter is moving to all digital here and I just setup a HDHomeRun Prime + Cable Card to work with my current SageTV system. So I’ve got part of the system already working.
Thanks for all of the feedback everyone!
This is very early days so there’s still a lot of details we need to address like content restrictions, form factors etc.
We’ll keep you posted as things progress.
I know Tablo knows this but in case anyone else wonders. No go for us Canadians. Cable card are not supported by the big cable companies.
Regardless, like many here I went with a Tablo because of OTA.