Is there any device out there that is not a DVR but will give me a much better guide experience with OTA channels than what the TV gives? I have samsung LCD that’s about 5 years old so it only shows the guide after you tune to the channel and it’s not a grid so you can’t easily see what’s coming on soon.
I wan’t this because sometimes its just easier to watch live tv - think kids cartoons - that we don’t need/want to record and therefore I don’t care to use the tablo for.
I like how actual AndroidTV devices (Using Google Live Channels and the HDHomerun Connect) does theirs. If we are fortunate they might make a new version of the Nexus Player…Since the original NP is only really findable for over $100 on Ebay, and many balk at the cost of the Shield.
Your speaking of a true android TV…a TV with android on it - right. None of the nexus players/rokus can change the channel of the TV right (meaning my coax from the antenna is currently plugged into the TV).
I think I need a tuner device that can overlay a guide screen (that presumably) pulls guide data from the internet.
With a network tuner (AFAIK just the HDHomerun stuff right now) you CAN get a guide + change channels.
look here: Lon Seidman clip
(you would move the coax from the TV to the network tuner)
I do this now with my NP and Shield, by using a HDHomeRun Connect ($99 OTA 2-tuner without onboard transcoding). I am hoping that if/ when Tablo gets around to it they can tie in to the same functionality of Google’s Live Channels app…
There are also some actual TV’s with this function built-in from Sharp and Sony, but that would be the whole TV.