Blog Post Archive for Category Tablo FAQs

Smart TVs vs. Set-Top Boxes - Five things Cord Cutters Should Consider

One of the key decisions to make when you’re considering cutting the cord, is how to best get content from streaming services, networked DVRs and other gear to your big screen TV.

Cord cutters have two main options for this today - connect a streaming set-top-box like Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV or Nvidia Shield to your existing television, or buy a new all-in-one Smart TV.

We’ll look at what you need to consider before making a choice, as well the benefits and drawbacks of each.

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Tablo FAQs - What Streaming Set-Top-Box Should I Use with Tablo?

Tablo set-top-box shopping cartWondering what set-top-box streaming media devices you should use with your Tablo OTA DVR in 2016? 

The ‘best’ set-top-box for you really depends on your needs and budget, but we've compiled a list of things to keep in mind while shopping for a Tablo-supported streaming media device as well as our recommendations for Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Nvidia Shield, Xiaomi Mi Box and Xbox devices. 

 

 

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Getting Technical with Over-the-Air TV Reception (AKA: Why Can’t I Watch This Channel?)

Mohu sky roofAn excellent Over-the-Air TV signal is critical to enjoying free live HDTV with Tablo. However, there are some far more technical considerations when we talk about OTA TV signal quality. These technical considerations include signal-to-noise ratio, the digital cliff effect, tuner overdriving, and signal interference – all of which can mean the difference between a great cord cutting TV viewing experience and a less than perfect one.

 

 

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Tablo OTA DVR vs. TiVo Roamio OTA – Cost & Feature Comparison

One of the most difficult parts of transitioning away from cable is selecting the correct ecosystem of products and streaming services for your entertainment needs. This can be difficult to navigate for those new to cord cutting as new pricing and options are announced daily, and not all services are available on all devices.

If you’re trying to decide between a Tablo DVR and the TiVo Roamio OTA for the antenna DVR portion of your cord cutting ecosystem, hopefully this cost and feature comparison will be helpful.

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Cordcutting 101: Ten Ways to Ensure Your WiFi Network is Ready for Streaming

WiFi RouterWhether you’re just embarking on your cordcutting journey or you’re a long-term member of the cordcutting revolution, getting the most out of your WiFi network (AKA: the backbone of your entertainment system) is critical. Here are our 10 tips for making sure your streaming media flows is swift and smooth throughout your home network.

 

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Tablo FAQs – Where Should I Place my Tablo?

Tablo DVRIt can be confusing to choose the best location in your home to put your device since your Tablo DVR isn’t a traditional set-top-box. Since it doesn’t have to cozy up to your TV, let’s talk about the dos and don'ts of choosing a home for your Tablo.

 

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Tablo FAQs – Why Don’t I Always See Fast Forward Preview Thumbnails on Tablo?

I hate commercialsWith the exception of the million dollar budget spots that air during the Superbowl, people generally hate commercials. Thankfully, about a year ago Tablo added support for Fast Forward Previews which makes it easy to quickly speed through commercials and get back to the show you were trying to watch.

However, some users have been confused as to why they don’t see Fast Forward Previews on all Tablo video playback.

 

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Tablo FAQs - Does Tablo Support Closed Captioning?

Tablo Closed CaptioningWhile closed captioning may not be the most 'sexy' feature, it's certianly critical for many people, and not just those that are hard of hearing. This is why Tablo supports closed captioning on the majority of its platforms including iOS smartphones and tablets, Android smartphones and tablets, Roku, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV. 

 

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Tablo FAQs - What Streaming Media Set-Top-Box Should I Use with my Tablo?

Roku 3Over the last few years, the streaming media set-top-box market has exploded and cordcutters have more choice than ever before when they're looking to add internet connectivity to their TVs.

As the holiday season approaches, we wanted to provide an overview of the streaming media set-top-boxes Tablo currently supports so you can choose the best streaming device for your needs.  

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Tablo How To: Setting a Manual Recording

Tablo Manual Recordings SquareWith a Tablo subscription, it takes just a single click or touch to set something up to record. But sometimes, you might need more granular options for setting recordings which is why all Tablo DVR users have access to settings for manual recordings.

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New Tool: What Can I Watch on OTA TV?

Big Bang What's OnWe created a ‘What Can I Watch OTA’ tool. Just enter your zip code and we’ll show you all of the great prime time shows you can see in your area for FREE with an antenna.

While you're there, check out our other great cordcutting tools.

 

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Tablo FAQs – Can I Use Satellite Dish Equipment as an OTA Antenna?

Dish birdbathWhile cordcutting articles tend to focus on users getting rid of cable, there are just as many people anxious to ditch their satellite dishes. Folks new to the concept of Over-the-Air TV may wonder if they can reuse their dish for something other than creating a birdbath.

 

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Tablo FAQs – Can I Record Streaming Services Like Sling TV or Netflix with Tablo?

Sling TVOur friends Sling TV launched their popular TV streaming service in February. While a lot of cord cutters have been enjoying watching channels like ESPN and HGTV without a cable subscription, many have been wishing for a way to record live content from Sling TV and watch it later since a portion of their content does not offer an on-demand option. Many people have asked if they can use Tablo to record content from Sling TV, Netflix and other streaming services.

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Choosing the Right Tablo Recording Quality

Just right bowlsTablo offers several recording quality options and today we’ll explain the difference between them so you can make the best choice for your needs and your home video setup. Even if you’ve been using a Tablo DVR for a while now, you may want to check this out to see if there’s an option that may work better for you.

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Cord Cutting with a Data Cap: It Is Possible

One of the ways cable companies are combatting the cord-cutting movement is by instituting bandwidth data caps (or finally enforcing caps) on internet packages. Potential cord-cutters have been warned that moving from a cable package to obtaining all video entertainment by downloading video or through streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu and Sling TV will be just as expensive, if not more, due to potential bandwidth overages.

Despite this propaganda, it’s totally possible to cut the cord on expensive cable TV contracts even if you have an internet data cap.

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Cord Cutting 101 – Four Steps to Freedom from Cable and Satellite

Tablo Cord CutterA recent study showed 2.9 percent of cable and satellite subscribers intend to cut the cord in 2015, which may not sound significant, but in fact represents millions of people who are fed up with the high costs and poor customer service.

With the finales of fall TV favorites over and done with, summer is an ideal time to join the cord cutting ranks. However, some folks may not even know how to get started. For you, dear cord-cutting noobs, we’ve put together a handy four-step cord-cutting guide.

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Tips & Tricks for Using Tablo on your Smartphone

Tablo smartphone primetimeDid you know that you can use the Tablo web app on your smartphone and watch live and recorded content from your Tablo OTA antenna DVR anywhere in the world?

Yes, it might be a tiny screen, but when you’re missing the game, on the bus, or waiting in line at the DMV, it’s a great option to watch content, or if you’re running late, to schedule a recording so you don’t miss a show.

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How Warm Should My Tablo Be?

Tablo fans everywhere know us for our responsiveness and warm fuzzies on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and our community forums; but some of you are wondering, 'How warm is too warm?' particularly when it comes to your 4-Tuner Tablo DVRs.

As always, we’re here to answer your questions and we want to assure you that the warmth you are feeling from your Tablo device is okay. It’s normal and completely safe. 

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Tablo Tuner Math

Another quesetion we get asked frequently is about the difference between the 2-Tuner Tablo DVR and the 4-Tuner Tablo DVR.

Well, the short answer is 2 extra tuners but the real question is what’s so great about having more tuners? 

Well, the tuners inside your Tablo take the digital signal from your HDTV antenna and convert it into a digital file that can be played back on your screen.

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Can I Use Tablo Without a Subscription?

Tablo Subscription FeaturesTo enjoy the full Tablo experience, a subscription to our guide data service is recommended. For just $4.99 US a month, our guide data provides the beautiful cover art, episode and series synopses and metadata that make it easy to browse content and set recordings on your Tablo through our various apps. It also enables us to provide some of our cooler features.

 

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Back Away from that Flash Drive - USB Hard Drive Suggestions & Specs

Tablo Bad Time MemeMany people have asked for suggestions on which external hard drives work best with Tablo. As you might know, Tablo uses an external USB hard drive to save recorded Over-The-Air programs but also to enable the pause and rewind features for live TV.

So…. What works?

Tablo currently supports external hard drives with the following specifications:

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