Tablo Ripper - Automatically download new recordings


Thanks. I’ll send you a PM.


Wow, this is such a great, app, simple to use and works perfectly for me!

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I do have a question. With the release of a commercial skip feature on the Tablo, would you be able to include their commercial markers in the ripped mp4? That would be awesome (especially if it does a good job detecting commercials) because then mcebuddy could use the chapter markers to remove the commercials … much faster, easier processing.

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This would be an awesome option!


I don’t believe Tablo Ripper is being actively developed at this time.

Doesn’t directly address your question but there is a third-party developed Android app that is planning on supporting the commercial skip functionality…


At the risk of repeating myself:

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@CycleJ , do you think @llavalle would be willing and able to implement this feature? Not sure how the PMing went


TabloRipper isn’t open source due to the Nuvyyo NDA I signed to gain API access (which was well worth it IMHO). So @llavalle and I aren’t collaborating.

But I’m under the impression he is going to do their own thing, so stay tuned and see how that goes.

Honestly, I had very few (if any) issues with how MCEBuddy/Comskip performs. Not perfect, but is plenty good enough for my purposes.


Hi! Just for clarity (thanks for the mention @Nilex!) ota2GO fits a very different target than TabloRipper, which is excellent at doing what it sets out to do! - ota2go is not really geared at ripping to fill one’s library - more geared at taking a few shows on the go as you travel. Though of course the patient users can rip a few at a time and move them off to a library elsewhere.

The commercial skip support in ota2go is that in the internal video player, it will automatically skip commercials as it is playing (like the Roku app etc). This is the case for downloaded shows or ones streamed from the Tablo.

I haven’t implemented stripping of commercials on the downloads themselves, for 2 reasons: 1) If the comskip markers aren’t accurate, you’re hosed if you rip and trust them, and 2) I dunno, it kind of feels like cheating to me - the commercials are largely what pay for us to get this content OTA (along with gov’t requirements, of course). #2 is subjective and that’s just me :slight_smile:

In any case, in the short term, ota2go will give android users a free option to watch on their phones/tablets with comskip until Tablo builds that in to their own android app.


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@CycleJ and @arskiracer - you guys are both correct. I was under the impression that an opensource version would be possible but was informed of the NDA. Because of that - it complicates thing. Thought about adding some features (for myself then release them) but that’ll be weird.

Went thru the NDA process but I’ve been traveling for work for the past 2 days so I only glanced at the documentation - briefly.

Unsure of my current path forward right now - I may want to discuss with @CycleJ on a possible collab but I’m not even sure that’s an option (for both of us or the NDA or else). Oh, and I’m an “He” :slight_smile:


@llavalle I’ve been thinking of starting the NDA process myself but haven’t yet, so I don’t know what restrictions it might place on collaborations, but perhaps you and @CycleJ could set up a private repository on GitHub or Bitbucket to share the code for Tablo Ripper between just those who’ve signed Nuvyyo’s NDA.

Has the Tablo DVR API even been updated to provide access to the EDL file (or whatever other commercial marker format Tablo might be using)?


@Joltarin @llavalle
There’s nothing (as far as I can remember) to prevent collaboration in the NDA, assuming all contributors sign it. And several years ago, I’d have been interested. But that time has passed as I’ve moved on to other projects.


OMG I can’t believe it took me this long to try the Tablo Ripper. Easy to figure out and I have no questions about using it. But I do have a question about MCEBuddy for editing out commercials. Is it something you have to pay the $30. to make it fully functional?


True, MCEBuddy isn’t free, but it can do a more than strip commercials. For example, it can boost the volume and produce multiple “versions” of the same show, transcoded for your various devices (TV, tablet, and mobile). They occasionally have a sale if you’re cost conscious…


No it’s not a cost thing. And it sounds like it’s worth the $30. Thanks for the reply.


Looked thru systems setting on MCEBuddy and didnt see the boost the volume…can you point me toward the volume boost?


MCEBuddy does have its own documentation and support. But here’s a snippet to get you started.

You’ll want to boost the “volume slider” more than you’d expect to get it to match other video sources on your TV. I didn’t find the “volume levelling” option to be useful.


Sorry that I’m multi-tread posting, but this was suggested :

I got the 2.2.26 update. Since then, my tablo2go downloads have been HUGE !
I have it set to 480 SD, and it looks like it is really recording in 16K HHHHHD.
Is it just me ?

P.S. I use tablo2go because it was the first one available many years ago, and I’m running on a linux box.


It’s probably the same issue that caused SurLaTablo to go a little nuts. The contents of the segment play list have changed, which causes the ripper apps to break.


I have been using firmware version 2.2.25 for several months and what I have found is that a program that has been processed for commercial skip takes approximately 50% longer to download than a similar program that hasn’t been processed when using Tablo Ripper. Both of my Tablo’s are currently running 2.2.26 and I turn commercial skip on just for shows I don’t want to download. I do wish that @TabloTV would implement an option to set commercial skip on a per recording basis. It would certainly help me to schedule only the recordings I want to have commercial skip processed on.