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Review: Tablo DVR Working On ChromeOS


The Tablo DVR is possibly the best DVR for cord cutters who travel. The ability to watch your content around the world works smoothly with little setup. Past the ability to cast content on your DVR and watch live TV worldwide, it is a solid and beautiful DVR.

The user interface is consistent across multiple devices, and the performance is smooth across all platforms. Only the Roku had a different interface, similar to most Roku apps. With easy to use categories for finding movies, sports, and TV shows, the user guide is amazing.

The real benefit to the Tablo is its ability to sync with a laptop or tablet so you can stream your content around the world. All you have to do is enable “Remote Access” in the settings, and connect to the DVR on your home network one time. After that, the laptop or tablet will automatically sync to your Tablo DVR each time you launch the application. No passwords or registration needed; it just simply works. I was able to travel cross country with my laptop and keep the connection for over 30 days without reconnecting it to my home network.

Even though ChromeOS is not listed as an officially supported OS, the “My Tablo” app works smoothly on ChromeOS.

These features make Tablo DVR the ultimate DVR for cord cutters who travel.

Pros:

  • Works great with ChromeOS
  • Super simple set up
  • Consistent UI across platforms
  • Great UI overall
  • Still synced cross country a month later

Cons:

  • No ability to remote access the Tablo with a Roku
  • Quality is limited to your upstream, so DLS users may have issues with that

Here are some screenshots of the Tablo DVR working on ChromeOS:

The Movies tab that allows you to see all upcoming movies:

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The Sports tab that shows you all upcoming sports:
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The prime Time tab that shows you all prime time Shows:Screenshot 2015-03-17 at 10.32.19 AM

Conclusion:

The Tablo DVR is attractive and delightfully easy to use after set up. It’s super simple ability to cast content on your DVR and watch live TV on a tablet or laptop, while traveling around the world, is really the stand out feature of this DVR. The straightforward and beautiful UI is a close runner up for its most enticing feature.

The Tablo DVR is a rare beauty; it delivers a smooth interface with high quality performance in a solid, well-made, and easy to use DVR.

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  • Aimee

    Hello, Thank you for the super helpful review. Am I to understand that the Tablo DVR could be installed on one of my TVs and I could use an AppleTV on my other TV for what is similar to my current “whole house DVR” setup? If so, that would be amazing! Additionally, is this compatible with an Amazon Fire Stick, or do I need the more full-featured model?

    Note: I am currently a cable subscriber paying over $1500/year for the privilege. The information you are providing on your podcast and this website are invaluable to me.

    • Admin

      Yes the Tablo DVR works with AppleTV, Roku, and Fire TV to bring you a whole home DVR service.

  • Richard

    Does it mean if I have Amazon Fire connect to the Tablo, and now if I’m on travel, I can watch streaming content from Fire via the “remote access” without carrying the Fire stick with me ? Thanks !

  • Bill Eastman

    Tablo is not connected to any TV. It connects (either wired or wireless) to tour router and every TV you want to watch on requires Roku, Nexus Player, Apple TV.