Blog Post Archive for Category Tablo How-To

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 DVR How-To: Power User Tricks for Navigating the Tablo Roku Channel

While interface of the Tablo Roku channel is very intuitive, with the diversity of channels available, there will always be some differences in what one button does in our channel vs. another. So, here are some tips and tricks that Tablo power-users employ for navigating the Tablo channel on Roku...

 

 

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Cancel Cable, Keep your Sanity: How Tablo Works for Cord Cutters with Kids

Kermit Sesame StreetWhen you’ve got a young family, any kind of savings in the monthly budget is very much appreciated. This is why many couples with kids are choosing to cut the cord on cable or satellite subscriptions, especially since they’re usually too busy with everyday life to watch much of their favorite shows live anyway.

That being said, saving money on TV to put towards more critical budget items (like groceries and diapers) doesn’t mean parents need to give up those 20 minute slices of freedom that a kids’ program can provide. Tablo is the perfect balance of immediate and on-demand access to quality kids’ TV programming for cord-cutting parents, allowing them to cancel their cable bill while still keeping their sanity.

 

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Stop Paying for More Than You Need... Five Little-Known Money-Saving Tricks from Savvy Cord Cutters

Counting MoneyFor many people, saving money is the primary reason for cutting the cord on cable or satellite. This isn’t surprising given that the costs of cable are actually rising four times faster than inflation. That’s simply not sustainable for the average family.

Despite the best efforts of the cable industry, you can still save a significant amount of money (often $100/month or more) by becoming a cord cutter and still enjoy all of your favorite shows.

Here are five tricks from your fellow cord-cutters that’ll help you maximize your cord cutting savings... 

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Tablo How-To: Getting Ready for the Fall TV Season

Scream Queens Tablo recordingFall premiere season is upon us and with it comes a raft of new shows and returning favorites. To make sure you don’t miss out on anything, we’ve assembled a few quick tips for discovering new shows as a cord cutter with Tablo.

 

 

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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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Powerline Ethernet Adapters – The Little-Known Secret Weapon for Cord Cutters

Powerline ethernet adapterWe’ve previously mentioned how important the quality of your home network is to your cord cutting success but a great option we haven’t talked about yet is the Powerline Ethernet Adapter. Many Tablo team members and customers are using this technology to connect their Tablo to their routers which are located in other rooms in the house, or to hardwire HDMI streaming devices like Roku to their home networks.

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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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New Cord Cutting Resource: Tablo Cord Cutter Calculator

Cut The CordHere at Tablo, we want to help make 2015 the year that you finally cut the cord on cable. 

With the amount of technology and services available on the market today, cutting the cord is easier than ever and it can save you a significant amount of money.

How much money? Well, we've developped a new resource to help you find out - the Tablo Cord Cutter Calculator!

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2014 Cord Cutter Holiday Gift Guide

Tablo giftWow, the holidays are coming up REALLY quickly! Is it just me or did they sneak up on you too?

Thankfully, my holiday shopping is done but if you’ve still got a cord cutter on your list to buy for, we thought we’d share a few gift giving ideas.

 

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Now Available: Tablo Web Apps for Smartphones

Just over a year ago, we were ramping up to introduce Tablo to the world. We had a product name, a beta-ready product and a handful of assumptions about how people would use it. Back then, we guessed most users would watch Tablo content on tablets and on TVs via Roku or Apple TV... (And eventually this thing called Chromecast that was brand spankin' new...) We also made a web app to be used on computers.

But we never really thought people would regularly use their smartphone to watch TV programs from their Tablo and figured the web app would work quite well for most smartphone users.

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Tablo OTA DVR vs. Cable DVR - How Much Can I Expect to Save by Cutting the Cord?

In a recent survey, 40% of Tablo users said that saving money was their primary reason for cutting the cord on cable. (The second most popular reason was that cable programming wasn’t worth the cost…)

Given the rising costs of maintaining access to those 300+ channels of reality shows and speciality programs you likely never watch, it’s not surprising people are looking for alternatives to cable TV. The average cost of a mid-range cable TV package is between $70-$100 a month. And that’s just for content, not the rental of hardware or extra fees your provider might charge.

Given that 47 of the top 50 shows are available via Over-the-Air broadcast networks, the cost vs. benefit analysis just doesn’t add up for most viewers.

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Tablo Guide Data Subscription Store Now Open

Tablo Subscription StatesOur latest firmware release included several updates which enabled us to officially launch our guide data subscription service and store at Account.TabloTV.com.

Within your Tablo app, you'll now be able to view your subscription status as well as create manual recordings (date, time and channel) – useful for those who choose not to continue with a paid subscription once the 30 day trial period is over as well as for those who want to extend time on regular recordings.

 

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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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Tablo + Plex = A Whole Lotta Awesome!

Plex LogoTablo users can enjoy live and recorded HDTV programs on a wide variety of devices. But as of this weekend, that list grew by leaps and bounds with the launch of a Tablo Plex Channel, lovingly coded by two awesome Tablo fans, Michael Reid and David Van Ronk. For those of you who aren’t in the know, Plex is a very popular home media server software...

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The Tablo Cord Cutting Ecosystem

For those of us who are less technologically inclined, cutting the cord can be intimidating. But fear not! There are a number of user-friendly technologies on the market that can help you to access a similar quality and variety of content that you've come accustomed to with cable, but at a fraction of the cost.

This is why today we’d like to give you insight into different cord cutting technologies on the market and how we’ve designed Tablo to work with them as part of a larger cord-cutting ecosystem. 

Tablo and Roku

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Access Your Tablo Anywhere with Tablo Connect

Angry HomerHave you ever been bored at work (don't worry we won't tell), waiting for a doctor's appointment or in your local coffee shop, and thought to yourself, "Why can't I watch my local news, or last night's episode of the Big Bang Theory, or that awesome Simpsons episode re-run from last month?"

Well, you're in luck! Today we're talking about one of our coolest features that will let you do just that - Tablo Connect.

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Watch Online All the Time with the Tablo Web App

Web App RainbowToday we want to show you yet another way to access your Tablo content: our web app.

Our web app (optimized for Chrome and Safari web browsers) has all the Tablo app features you love in a flexible package. Let’s get into the details…

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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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Tablo on Android

Android logo

Today we wanted to give you a tour of Tablo's native Android tablet app.

Android tablets are priced right and work great which is probably why Android devices now make up 62% of the tablet market and why we’ve designed the Tablo Android app (which works on Jellybean 4.1 and higher and on tablets with a 7"+ screen) to be just as awesome as the iOS app.

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Tablo is Rockin’ on Roku

Roku Logo

Many people have requested a look at how to use the Tablo antenna DVR through our Roku channel.

Here's a video showing the key parts of the interface. 

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What Channels Can I Get? - Introducing the Tablo TV Signal Locator - OTA HDTV Blog 5

ATablo Signal Locators we’ve discussed in our last few blog posts, most North Americans can access High Definition TV for FREE simply by plugging in an Over-The-Air HDTV Antenna. Once people know this concept exists, and that it’s 100% legal, their first question is (or at least should be), “How do I know which channels are broadcast in my area?

Well, we’re here to make this easy for you! Today we’re launching the Tablo TV Signal Locator!

 

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Position Matters – Choosing Where to Place Your HDTV Antenna - OTA HDTV Blog 4

TV Broadcast TowerToday in our blog series for making an informed choice when deciding if Over-The-Air (OTA) HDTV is right for you, we’re going to talk about antenna placement.

The quality of your Over-The-Air HDTV signal reception is highly dependent the placement of your antenna. The ideal location for yours within your home may be on the roof, your garage, your attic, a bedroom window or a myriad of other places.

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Catch The Wave - How Geography, Surroundings and Obstructions Impact your OTA HDTV Signal Reception - OTA Blog 3

Antenna RoofWe’ve already looked at different antenna styles, but one of the biggest factors affecting the quality of Over-The-Air HDTV signals you can receive is your home’s surroundings.

Since local television stations broadcast their programs in the form of radio wave signals, it’s easy to understand how the least amount of obstructions and distance between your HDTV antenna and the broadcast towers, the better reception you’ll achieve.

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Location, Location, Location – How Where You Live Impacts Your OTA HDTV Reception - OTA HDTV Blog 2

Tablo Broadcast TowersFree Over-The-Air (OTA) HDTV is distributed by local broadcasters via radio waves from massive broadcast transmitter towers. These towers are located in most major cities and towns across North America. The closer you live to these towers, the better your OTA HDTV reception will be.

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Move over MacGyver: HDTV Antenna Buyer’s Guide - OTA HDTV Blog 1

Rabbit Ears TVToday’s digital HDTV Over-the-Air (OTA) antennas are not like the rabbit ears of old so keep your tinfoil for wrapping last night’s leftovers. Modern antennas deliver perfectly crisp picture quality in full HD and come in a variety of form factors and prices. Let’s learn more...

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Blog series: Is Over-The-Air (OTA) HDTV right for you?

Tablo TV networksIn order to browse, record and stream free broadcast HDTV on your Tablo DVR, you need both a hard drive (more on that here) and a digital antenna.

Over the next few blog posts we’ll be giving you an overview of all of the factors you need to consider in making an informed choice when deciding if Over-The-Air (OTA) HDTV is right for you, including antenna styles, tower location, geography,antenna placement, and available broadcast channels.

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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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Is Cord-Cutting on your list of New Year’s Resolutions? Here are 3 easy steps to keep it!

Tablo Cord Cutting Success BabyWhat was your New Year’s resolution? Was it quitting smoking? Going to the gym and losing 20 pounds? How’s that going for ya?

For a lot of people saving money was on top of their list…Money for retirement, for a vacation or for something else important. One of the best ways to save a lot of money quickly, is to cut back on those monthly bills that seem reasonable at first, but can add up ...

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Top 5 Cord-Cutting Myths Debunked

Tablo | Cord CutterAs the cost of cable and satellite subscriptions continue to skyrocket (around $85 per month on average), people are looking for ways to continue enjoying their favorite shows, without the bloated bill and long-term contract. It’s for this very reason that an estimated 900,000 households per year become "cord-cutters".

There are still holdouts though, clinging to their remotes because of the fear caused by some myths surrounding cord cutting. Let’s debunk a few of those...

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Free TV = Good TV: How You Can Get HDTV for FREE

Tablo DVR Living RoomFree television programming is back, and unlike the fuzzy reception of yesteryear, it's digital - delivered in crisp, beautiful high definition over the air, directly to your TV. In fact, because the HDTV Over-The-Air (OTA) signal is the only content being delivered through this connection, the picture will be clearer than what you're getting even from your cable provider because they're trying to push internet and phone services through the same pipe as TV, therefore compressing the video signal.

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