I work as an IT professional. I worked in television for 15 year.
Tablo’s policy on not allowing their hardware to work without an internet connection is straight up DUMB.
Sure, you cannot get the guide, but that isn’t entirely necessary in the short term. My understanding is the guide downloads to the device, so for a short time, it would be correct.
The time could be… off. Again, not a huge deal. the box stays on 24/7, and time slippage would be minimal in the short term.
Future scheduled recordings could not take place. Again, that only affects long term outages.
Why do I bring this up? My neighbor’s dog decided to dig in the corner of his back yard, into mine and discovered the fiber i had buried. and he ate it. I was without internet all or this week until today. But I figured, “no problem… I have a Tablo”. My wifi router is fine, and I can get into the programs I have DVR’d.
I have a plex server set up. I was able to stream movies from it minus the online offerings from Crackle, podcasts etc.
Everytime i tried to connect to Tablo I got a message stating Tablo is not connected to the internet. No option to continue, go to channel lineup, or go to DVR.
Fix this please. It’s fairly dumb.