Thursday, November 4, 2021

Tablo Connect update

A couple of weeks ago, I talked about Tablo Connect. Briefly, it's a feature with Tablo that lets you watch your Tablo content from a different network.

Tablo, is of course, an over the air (OTA) antenna DVR that also makes your antenna and DVR be viewed anywhere on your network with a compatible device. And the compatible devices are Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Google/Android TV devices, so that means most streaming setups.

Tablo Connect works on three of those four platforms. Roku doesn't support Tablo Connect, or Tablo Connect doesn't support Roku. Either way, you can use Tablo with Roku, but only on the same network.

Tablo Connect lets me use my Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast/Google TV devices on other networks. That means the antenna I put up at one house, I can watch it at another house with Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast/Google TV.

I was using my Chromecast for it, but I've not been happy with the device lately. The Chromecast has had occasional issues with watching TV via Tablo Connect as well. Well, I pulled out my Fire TV Stick 4K and made sure it was set up for Tablo Connect. I watched the World Series from Fox local channel from my house, using the antenna that is at my mother's house (where I put up the antenna some months back).

The reception and experience has been good. The picture is great, and there is only occasional buffering. I think it's the network, not the stick. It's not stuttering, just maybe once every 20-30 minutes taking a few seconds, 1-3 seconds at most, then pick up with the stream.

I will likely box up the Chromecast/Google TV and have the Fire TV Stick 4K as my secondary device. Or primary if I'm watching TV antenna.

I'm a little disappointed with my Chromecast, but very happy with my Fire TV Stick 4K. And I'm very very happy with Tablo Connect. I still wish the Out Of Home Streaming feature of Tablo was  was available on Roku, but I have Fire TV to have that feature as a part of my Streaming Life.

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