You’re talking about two different things now… Streams VS Tuners
Recast does this:
Record up to 4 programs at once;
Watch up to 1 live and 1 recorded program on different devices, while recording up to 3 other programs in the background;
Watch up to 2 recorded programs on different devices, while recording up to 4 programs in the background; OR
Watch up to 2 live programs on different devices at once while recording up to 2 other programs in the background.
Yes, it’s less than what Tablo can do as far as viewing goes – but is honestly not an issue for anyone in reality. But, they both have the same number of tuners for simultaneous recording. We have 5 OTA channels, it’s not as if we’re going to need to watch/record more than 4 streams at once from that. There isn’t that much great television! If we were talking about OTA + Cable channels, then this would quite possibly not be sufficient…
Now, Tablo allows you to watch up to 6 devices at once (recorded content) – HOWEVER, if you’ve ever actually tried to do this, the playback is choppy. We’ve tried to have 4 different playbacks at once from recorded content and the experience is not great. And my house is running the top of the line Eero Mesh Routers which do support that kind of heavy internal traffic. This is never an issue when we have multiple users streaming content from services like Netflix, Hulu, Sling, etc. (we’ve tested this to determine if it was a router issue or Tablo issue). To me this signals that the issue is more than likely a Tablo issue.
Again – the need to have more playback than 2 devices at once is likely a rare need considering that this is only for OTA programming. The fact that it’s not supported by Recast and doesn’t really work as advertised by Tablo isn’t problematic for me.
The real issue, as actually indicated by my original reply in this post, is that there is no ability to downmix 5.1 audio locally. Remote playback isn’t a solution. I don’t even use the remote capabilities of Tablo. All I’m concerned about is being able to record the best quality video/audio and be able to watch it from whatever platform I’m using at the moment in my home. This should be a native functionality, not requiring users to hunt through forums or install codecs to make it work. This is not an unreasonable expectation.