Recent Cord Cutter.
(2) Tivo Bolts, (2) Tivo Minis. Outside antenna (Antennas Direct ClearStream4) with preamp.
Antenna coax goes to wiring closet in the basement and is distributed from there.
Whole house wired ethernet.
100Mb internet (cable), with 2Ghz and 5Ghz wireless.
We bought a Roku Streaming Stick+ and subscribed to PhiloTV to get our Viacom fix (HGTV, DIY, FOOD, etc)
I’m looking at waiting for and then buying the Tablo Quad when it becomes available. And then the guide subscription.
#1 Because paying for 2 TiVo annual service plans (the Minis don’t require a plan as they each run off one of the Bolts) is expensive. The last billing for annual service was $162 EACH for the Bolts.
#2 Because when ATSC rolls out, replacing the TiVos will be expensive
#3 Because it will enable me to cut down on the number of devices to which the antenna signal is being distributed. This would cut down on signal loss from distribution.
I think what I want to do is…
1.) Connect the Tablo to the cable router using ethernet. (router is in the living room, Quad would be right next to it.
2.) Add Roku Streaming Sticks to the bedroom and kitchen TVs.
- still considering possibly putting a Roku Ultra in the living room so it’s hard wired and not wireless.
- also looking at Fire Cube for living room for the same reason. Hard wired capability.
In the living room I have a Yamaha AV receiver and Samsung 50", 4K TV. With both the TV and Receiver using ARC, I can pick up the Roku remote, hit the Home button, and it turns on the TV, sets it to the Roku’s HDMI input, and the receiver switches to the correct input because it senses the signal.
1.) Using Tablo, can we pause a program in the living room and then continue watching in the bedroom?
2.) If the Tablo Quad is recording 4 things, I assume we are then restricted to watching one of those 4 things. Correct?
3.) Assuming question 2 is correct, If recording 3 shows, how likely are we to run into an issue where Tablo has encumbered that remaining “free” tuner? Or is that just a matter of having the record settings not set to maxed out quality?
4.) I’m seeing conflicting reports of how long it takes to simply change channels. How long does it take? Are there settings that can improve performance here? Several places cited 15 to 30 seconds. That would be a deal killer for us. But that also sounds like transcode lag.
This will be under heavy scrutiny by the wife. She’s not into having to fiddle with things. It just needs to work. And, of course, I’m the one expected to make that a reality.
Any and all input on what I’m planning, answers to question, or suggestions for a smooth transition are welcome.