Tablo 4th Gen & Tablo Tools

Will Tablo Tools support the Tablo 4th gen unit?

TabloTV already answered that question in this thread:

Saving time (TL;DR)… the answer is “no”.

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It sounds like, since it can record streaming services, they decided to block any video access other than through their official apps. I don’t see why they couldn’t design it so ATSC 1.0 and unencrypted 3.0 recordings could still be accessed with 3rd party tools.

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Sounds like that should be technically possible w/rules or flags for antenna recordings vs. streaming. The bigger problem for now is poor tuner sensitivity. The app, home screen design, and guide are all great however.

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Question is… will the older units still be allowing the 3rd party apps if using the updated firmware.

There is no PC/browser access, this is largely the same process 3rd apps use.

Fundamentally they all stream an HLS playlist through fmpeg and same as mp4. If you can generate an http steam it’s good to go, other wise it something completely different.

This support article still says it’s on their roadmap.

amazed they still have this stuff around.

Which hasn’t been updated in 8 years. I’d say that since the Scripps acquisition, it’s no longer on the road map.

Well, it’s good to know that there won’t be a way to export recordings from the 4th Gen, so I’ll never buy one.

4th gen is to prior gen, as tomato is to field hockey.

Just the way it is. You need to look at the 4th gen for what it is, on its own.

With that said, I guess it’s selling well.

Don’t bother buying one it has way to many bugs that needs to be worked out and then it might be a decent device but right now it is not. I took the one I bought back

The new Tablo uses different encoding that is also why it takes a little longer when changing channels with it. The new white Tablo is the best one ever I think and I have used 3 other older models before. Even the performance and snappiness is a huge improvement over the Quad.

I’m planning at some point to write some shell scripts for my own purposes that will work with the files on the hard drive, but so far I haven’t even looked at it.

The idea I have is to use a docking external drive enclosure (which I have) and every now and then, power the Tablo off, swap drives, power it back on again, and then use FFmpeg to get the files from the drive into a more usable format (I believe each recording is several short pieces)

The fun part will be things like figuring out chapter break points for the eventual mkv files. Football games, I’ll probably do each drive as a chapter. Carol Burnett will obviously be done by skit. That’s probably all manual work so only the most important recordings (I actually have quite few Carol Burnett DVDs - I love her sense of humor).

I’ll put a github up if there isn’t something else by the time I get to it, but it’ll mostly be bash scripts. Maybe some python that is more portable.