I just got a Simple.tv dual tuner and it seems to be working fine.
- Yes, it works in the same way.2) If you are playing from a Roku or a tablet app, you can watch live TV or a recording from the Tablo when the internet is down. If you are using the web browser, it won’t work, since it has to go to http://my.tablotv.com to initiate the connection.3) Good question. I had two shows recording right now, so I tested it. If you just try to go to another channel, it says “no tuner available”. But it is very easy to stop a recording. Just go to the scheduling tab, select the show and episode that you are recording, and click on the REC button (which turns it from orange to blue, meaning it is off). Then go to live TV and select the channel you need to watch. It takes the typical 15-20 sec to switch to an new channel, and it comes up. It doesn’t cancel your series recording as long as you click on just the episode.4) true5) The Roku app will very likely be improved to be more like the web and tablet apps over time.6) There definitely seems to be a lot of activity on the Tablo front. The company is hiring programmers and support personnel, and they are listening to the customers for improvement suggestions.
I am also a recent Simple.tv owner - now a VERY Happy TabloTV owner.
To clarify on my question #2, since there is not a phone app, if the internet is down, I will not be able to play back content on my phones even when connected through my own wifi at home? That’s disappointing, but it isnt a deal breaker.
oh, and another question @TabloTV (or whoever)
Do we know that to be true? I haven’t tested, but it stands to reason that with the TabloTV device registration process (which allows you to view outside of the home) that you may be able to connect to the my.tablotv.com when inside your network and your internet is down. I could be wrong but its def possible… your router could store the DNS translation.
Guide subscription follows the user account not the device… I asked that same question and support answered me via email
Folks - if your session is already established with the web-based app, you should be able to continue with it over your home network’s WiFi.
@TabloTV So you are saying that each session (for browser-based streaming such as phones, desktops, notebooks, chromebooks, etc) requires an active internet connection to establish and begin, but that if the devices are in the same LAN network, that the session will be passed directly to the device to continue without any further need for the internet (WAN/ISP) communication?
Another line of questions while I’m at it… for whoever can answer… about manually scheduling recordings:
You will NOT be disappointed with your decision? And NP on the help. Happy to help where I can.
@j321cordcut - Thanks for your business!
@j321cordcut - yes we need internet connectivity in order to talk to the external server (what we call the Association Server), which we use to know what your external/internal IP addresses are (for Tablo Connect) and also as a means to verify that you are actually local (so authentication). This is only needed on connect though – once your connection is authenticated, you’re good to go until you refresh or close your browser. I suspect that hibernating your PC may cause the websocket connection to close, which will be handled as a disconnect. That will in turn try to reconnect and thus reach out to the AS again for auth. HTH
@matb33 just to be clear, for devices on the local lan, that internet connectivity is only required for browser access (desktops, android/ios browsers).
@j321cordcut I’m not clear on if it’s the same for the Roku app, but I know for the iPad and Android apps, they have lower-level networking privileges so they can speak directly to the Tablo via TCP for the local auth check. The web app is sandboxed in the browser and I have zero idea what your internal network looks like (hence the need to depend on the external server, which the Tablo communicates with)
I pulled the network plug on my router, and I was still able to use the Roku app just fine.