Browsing around in a BestBuy, spotted a Tablo on the shelf, pulled it off and read the box. Looked interesting, the concept was great. So I put the box under my arm, grabbed a mohu antenna and headed to the register.
My plan … slap the Mohu in a window upstairs, screw it into the Tablo and I can get antenna channels up there and in the basement as well! Simple plan, exciting idea. Thinking to myself "Nice cute little gimmick, I can get five or six little antenna channels in any room. Worth 160 bucks, as a novelty if nothing else.
Got home, hooked it up and found my first surprise: Nine channels and they looked great! Second surprise was how beautiful the UI / Interface was and how much better it looked (to my eye) than the Tivo (for cable), and this is where things began to unravel.
Seeing how good these channels looked and how beautiful the Interface, I began wondering how much better it would be if I invested into a quality Antenna. Logged onto Amazon and ordered an Antop AT-400B (with next day delivery), which cost almost as much as the Tablo itself.*
Now I was pulling in 16 stations, they all looked beautiful, SO … wondered how much better this would be, if installed properly on the roof … went to Home Depot the next morning, bought Poles, Brackets, Cabling, Splitters, Line Amplifier and a Coke Zero, SPED HOME.
Spent half the day up on the roof and since I was now doing a proper install, why not do some drilling and lead into the basement (and a bedroom) as well? Went back inside, did a Re-Scan & went to make coffee. Returned to the living room and WOW. 50-PLUS Stations and they looked fantastic.
Did some channel checking and began to discover a whole new world of stations, shows and programs, most of which I’d never seen or heard of. I had no idea there was this much floating around in the open air: Justice TV, Comet (quirky, hilarious), Cozi, Decades, Antenna TV, Laff, Charge, Me TV, Escape, Ion, H&I and so much more.
Realizing how much great programming there was to be harvested, went back to BestBuy to pick up a (One Terabyte) external hard drive, back home and plugged it in. I then set up about twenty or thirty recordings, programs that looked fun and interesting. Logged immediately into my Tablo account, plucked down my credit card number and signed up for DVR services.
After a month or so, I’ve found about ten or twenty new favorite shows, given up cable, put the Tivo in cold storage and learned all about Dick Cavett, Corrupt Crimes, Svengoolie, Glen Campbell, Sonny & Cher, Godzilla, Megallon and Dominique Dunn’s Power Privilege & Justice.
Time to leave well enough alone? No, time to start thinking about a four-tuner Tablo and see where THAT might lead, and how much more to unravel.