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Tablo Q&A – Why Does the 4th Generation Tablo Not Support Out-of-Home Streaming?

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Man in kitchen using Tablo app on his tablet

Today’s question is from Garrett who asks, “Why does the new 4th gen Tablo not support Tablo Connect?”

One of the Tablo features not supported on the new 4th generation Tablo device is Tablo Connect for out-of-home streaming.

This is because the technology in the new Tablo device is different than the legacy network-connected Tablo devices which are able to support that feature.

Legacy network-connected Tablo units transcode all live TV and recordings in real-time at several different video quality and bandwidth settings. This ensures that you can get a smooth stream at almost any connection speed.

The new Tablo device however streams and records everything in full MPEG2 quality. This creates a fairly large and bandwidth-heavy file.

Most modern home networks can handle streaming this content between rooms. However, streaming such a large video file over a mobile network is more difficult and may result in a poor experience. This is the same reason why Tablo Connect is not supported on TV-connected legacy Tablo devices.

While we don’t have the ability to offer out-of-home streaming today, we are still exploring options that could enable the enjoyment of content while away from your home network with the 4th generation Tablo, so stay tuned!

Have a question about watching TV that you’d like answered? Send us a note and you may see your question on the Tablo blog and in an upcoming issue of our newsletter, Stay Tuned!

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