With more recent firmware releases, I’ve noticed that if my internet connection is down, Tablo will not let me watch OTA channels. I recognize that Tablo needs internet connection to pull guide data, or to provide the commercial skip feature - BUT - the viewing client software shouldn’t be as aggressive about internet connectivity as it currently is.
Why? I live in a community that was hit by a tornado. Internet service was down for several days due to storm damage. My internal network was not harmed. I needed to be able to watch my local OTA stations for updates regarding road closures and other public information. It is also common for ISPs to have routine maintenance windows - sometimes for hours overnight.
Instead, Tablo would error upon startup saying ‘no internet connection’ Ultimately, I resolved the issue by connecting one TV set directly to the antenna, bypassing Tablo - but it shouldn’t have to be that way. Perhaps give the users the error and option to acknowledge limited functionality, but continue to enable viewing. Once internet connectivity was restored, the connection to the TV created enough signal loss that Tablo wasn’t usable until I disconnected the set.