To save space when using onboard storage on the 4th generation Tablo, recordings from over-the-air (OTA) channels will be archived when the recording is complete.
During this process, recordings will be converted automatically in the background from the original MPEG2 broadcast format into MPEG4.
It takes approximately twice the length of the airing to complete the archiving process.
NOTE - To allow the archiving process sufficient time to function, it is not possible to record more than 8 hours of content within a 24-hour time frame without an external hard drive.
Archiving is not performed on recordings of free streaming channels that are delivered over the internet.
What Happens When You Use an External Hard Drive?
The archiving process and the 8-hour limit of over-the-air recording within a 24-hour period do not apply if an external hard drive is connected to a 4th-generation Tablo.
In that case, all recordings will be stored on the external drive in MPEG2 without being archived.
Can I Still Watch or Access Recordings After Adding an External Hard Drive?
Programming recorded on the 4th generation Tablo's onboard storage will remain accessible for viewing and deletion if you choose to add an external hard drive at a later time. However, any future recordings will be stored on the external drive and will not be archived.
How Much Can I Record Using Onboard Storage?
The following chart is an approximation of how many hours of over-the-air TV can be recorded when using onboard storage on a 4th generation Tablo vs. a 1TB external hard drive.
|GB Per Hour for Over The Air (OTA)||Total Hours|
|Onboard Storage||1.35GB/hr||70 hours|
|External Storage (1TB)||4.05/GB/hr||245 hours|
The following chart is an approximation of how many hours of free streaming programming can be recorded when using onboard storage on a 4th generation Tablo vs. a 1TB external hard drive.
|GB Per Hour for streaming channels||Total Hours|
|Onboard Storage||2.0GB/hr||44 hours|
|External Storage (1TB)||2.0GB/hr||500 hours|
NOTE - The above figures are approximate. OTA and streaming channels are stored in the same place. As a result, recording OTA content will reduce the available space for streaming content, and vice versa which is why stated recording space limits may differ from the information above.