NEW - Tablo Firmware Release 2.2.28

Happy Tuesday Tablo family!

A new Tablo firmware update is coming your way. There are no huge features included in this update, but it does have many bug fixes and stability-focused improvements.

Like all Tablo firmware updates, this is being distributed in a staged rollout over the next couple of weeks. A small number of customers will receive the update today, with more added to the rollout every weekday.

All Tablo DVR units are now eligible for the 2.2.28 update and should receive an update prompt within the next 4 hours. If you’d like to update immediately, quickly press the blue reset button on the back of your Tablo.

When your DVR is eligible for the update, a notification will pop up in most Tablo apps.

Here’s what you can expect…

Tablo Firmware Release 2.2.28

• Video streaming improvements for Tablo Connect
• Improvements for Automatic Commercial Skip retry
• Fix for playback of very long recordings on Roku
• Many other reliability and performance enhancements

NOTE: Post-upgrade database processes (if needed) may take several minutes to complete. During this time the LED will be blinking. Do not power down the Tablo until the LED is solid again.

A few additional details…

This firmware adds support for the GENRES filter to the newer back-end communication method that Tablo’s apps on Roku, Apple TV, and Tablo Preview (for Fire TV & Android TV) use.

Roku users can enjoy GENRES as soon as they update to 2.2.28 and users of the other apps mentioned can expect to see this feature added in upcoming app updates.

There are also a number of smaller enhancements that will improve performance for those who have channels with marginal or problematic reception, tweaks to the algorithm behind what is marked watched, and MUCH more.

For tips and tricks on successful firmware updates head over to the Knowledge Base.

If you have any feedback or questions about this release, please post them below.

If you need support assistance, place a ticket and we’ll be in touch soon.

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I’m still using 2.2.24. I hope the improvements for marginal signals will make it worth updating this time for me.

I just posted about commercial skip and thumbnail issues, let’s hope this helps my issues as well. Crazy annoying trying to skip commercials without any assist. Feel like I’m back in the 80’s or early 90’s.

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There’s a notice about a firmware update 2.2.28.

My Tablo shows “Tablo Device 2.2.26” which I take to be the firmware version.

There is not notice to update when I connect to Tablo.

How do I update to 2.2.28?

It’s a rolling release. Your unit will come up on the list at some point in the next few days and then you’ll get the prompt. They do it that way to make sure the update servers don’t get slammed.

Update servers slammed from a firmware update request. Pretty weak servers IMO, even if it were millions of people which it wouldn’t be requesting manual check for updates. But umm OK.

I would assume it’s more for monitoring to make sure no major issues that would necessitate stopping the rollout are reported. Shouldn’t be a likely scenario as beta testers have been testing this beta for a while but…

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I don’t think it’s just a matter of the servers getting slammed. If there’s an early indication of a problem with the release, they can still stop the rollout early enough so that only a percentage of the user base is affected.

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This one was a real nail-biter. One of my Tablos got the notification and I updated. After a little while, I got the message that it was done (with the wrong picture) but the unit was unresponsive. I waited 20 minutes and finally had to check on the actual unit. The blue light was flashing once per second so I waited a while longer and yanked the power. It went back to flashing every second and I waited another 20 minutes and was pretty sure it was bricked. Powered down once more and it immediately came back to life with 2.2.28 installed. That was very scary and I doubt I’ll update my other unit for a few weeks.

FYI, it could have been performing some post update activities, this was noted at the top of the thread. Glad you got it up and running ok!

NOTE: Post-upgrade database processes (if needed) may take several minutes to complete. During this time the LED will be blinking. Do not power down the Tablo until the LED is solid again.

Sent you a direct message so we can take a look at your logs.

Ok, maybe not so much so the servers don’t get slammed as much as the tech support…

  • I can’t find my update button.
  • My tablo says to update… should I click on the button to update?
  • I have 2 tablos, only one says to update, is it ok to update just one? Will they both still work if they aren’t the same?
  • I think I clicked on the update button, but now the light blinks. Yea, I unplugged it when I clicked update - wasn’t I suppose to?
  • Hows come only one tablo has an update button? How do I update the other one? … But I can’t wait, I already updated the one.

Maybe something like that.

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Please tell me more about improvements to “channels with marginal or problematic reception”. I have pixelation issues with one VHF PBS channel at a tower only 3 miles away in a group of towers with which I have no issues. Pixelation goes away if I connect the antenna direct to the TV and not the Tablo.

The tweaks we made there weren’t around boosting signal strength or cleaning up pixelation. The changes specifically focus on giving Tablo more stability when dealing with weird (modulating) or bad signals.

Is your antenna designed to receive VHF signals?

Hopefully this means no more crashes due to a weak signal. I haven’t noticed that happen for a while.

This genera feature should be nice!

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My Tablo still says it’s up to date when I try to do a manual install. Kind of annoying, if I want to brick my device I should be allowed to :slight_smile:

Yes, I have a proper antenna. I have had a request (72306) and my Tablo was monitored for errors. I put my attic antenna on the roof, but no improvement, so put it back. There seems to be some seasonal aspects. The Phoenix Arizona mountain slopes between me and the towers are now green with brush, so perhaps preventing reflections and multipathing. Reception from this shorter tower is now better but suspect it will deteriorate when summer bakes the green away. That’s my hypothesis anyway.

It’s been rumored if keep the stock aluminum plates and run it without supplemental cooling, it’ll be to hot to work - end it’s life way too early.
Just wait, you’ll hear a lot of complaints… soon, about short life expectancy occurring, before long. They should all be getting too hot 'forlong.

Any chance you can elaborate on the comment “Many other reliability and performance enhancements”? Wondering what specifically was addressed.

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It would be nice… but they wouldn’t elaborate on the 2.2.26 update NEW - Tablo Firmware Release 2.2.26