Blog Post Archive for Category Tablo Technology

New Year, New Technology, New Ways to Watch OTA TV

CES is the tradeshow where the world’s largest electronics manufacturers unveil the cool new toys they’ve been working on over the past year. As usual, the Tablo HQ team will be in Las Vegas showing off cool new software and hardware.

 

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Tablo OTA DVR App Now Available on Xbox One

Over the past few years, the team behind Tablo has added support for many mobile and streaming media devices so we can achieve our goal of becoming THE app for live TV and recorded broadcast programs on your internet-connected gadget of choice. Today we’re expanding that list to include gaming systems by launching an app for a brand new platform: Microsoft Xbox One.

 

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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 App for LG TVs is a ‘Smart’ Combo

Starting today, if you have an LG Smart TV running the webOS 2.0 or 3.0 operating system you can now download the Tablo app from the LG Store and enjoy live and recorded Over-the-Air TV on your big screen without the need for an HDMI streaming device.

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Woo hoo! Tablo App for Apple TV Now Available

Tablo Apple TVBefore Apple even announced the availability of an Apple TV that would support an App Store, people were asking us for a native Tablo app for Apple TV. Today, we're excited to announce the general availability of the Tablo App for Apple TV. 

 

 

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Now Available - KODI Add-On for Tablo

Kodi logoWe’re excited to announce Tablo now has an Add-On for Kodi which will enable users to access Over-the-Air HDTV content from Tablo from the same interface they use for streaming services and content from their own media libraries. 

 

 

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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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Sneak Peek: New Tablo Apple TV App Interface

Tablo Apple TV recordingsFewf! This week has been quite the whirlwind as we began previewing a new native app for the 4th generation Apple TV at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Tablo booth has been hopping with visits from the media, partners and even Tablo customers wanting to see the new app in action! However, not everyone is lucky enough to be in Vegas this week and many of you have been requesting a video sneak peek.

 

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CES 2016: Previewing New Tablo Apps for Apple TV and LG webOS Smart TVs

CES logoThe first week of January each year, the world's consumer electronics manufacturers converge on Las Vegas to showcase the newest and hottest invovations and once again, Tablo will be there.

This year, we'll be previewing two highly anticipated new native apps: one for Apple TV and one for LG WebOS Smart TVs.

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Tablo Roku Preview Channel Now Public

Roku Tablo’s Roku Preview channel - which we’ve been building from the ground up since last year - has now become our official public Roku channel. 

 

 

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Exciting Apple Updates = More Choice for Cord Cutters

Apple September eventIn case you missed the barrage of news coverage on yesterday’s Apple event, they made several announcements that should make cord cutters very excited including a brand-new Apple TV expected to arrive in October.

In anticipation of a barrage of questions from the Apple fandom about what this means for Tablo, here’s our take on yesterday’s news.

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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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Sneak Peek @ CE Week NY: New Features, More Storage

Excited SheldonThe Tablo team is at CE Week in New York City today and tomorrow giving journalists and industry experts a sneak peek at Tablo firmware and app updates that will be coming to your OTA DVR very soon.

This firmware update (Version 2.2.2) includes support for several new features we know you guys will be VERY excited about that will make a big difference in management, storage and playback of your Over-the-Air content.

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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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Now Available: Redesigned Roku Channel Preview and Apps for Amazon Fire TV & Android TV

Roku square logoToday, we've very excited to announce that the updated Roku channel as well as apps for Amazon Fire TV and Android TV are finally here!

As you may know, we've been working really hard over the last three months to deliver these new apps so you can enjoy the same beautiful Tablo experience you're used to on tablets, smartphones and PC/MAC on your big-screen TVs.

 

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Tablo's Newest App: Tablo Clock

Today we're very excited to announce a brand new Tablo app extension - Tablo Clock! 

Apple watchWith the exploding popularity of smart watches from companies like Apple and the trend of 'retro' design, we wanted to bring this type of experience to Tablo users.

Starting tomorrow, Tablo owners will be able to download the Tablo Clock add-on to all apps within the Tablo ecosystem.

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Tablo Lets You See Through Time - Sort Of…

DeloreanNow don’t get too excited… We haven’t turned Tablo into a Deloran, nor will it help you pick numbers for the next Power Ball draw. We have however added a feature that many users have been wishing for: fast forward and rewind thumbnail support for recordings.

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Sneak Peek: New Roku channel & Amazon Fire TV/Android TV Interfaces

Amazon Fire TV and RokuAs you might know, Tablo recently announced a new Roku channel as well as interfaces for Amazon Fire TV and Android TV would be coming in the first quarter of 2015. 

When we unveiled screenshots for both interfaces earlier this month, people got pretty excited.  

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CES 2015: Tablo METRO, Roku Interface and Much, Much More

CES LogoThe 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) starts tomorrow in Las Vegas. For those of you not 'in the know', CES is the largest tradeshow in the United States and is where all of the newest cool consumer-focused gadgets are unveiled. 

Last year at CES we introduced the Tablo 2-Tuner DVR and this year we want to make an equally big splash.  

That's why we're very excited to finally unveil some awesome stuff we're cooking up at Tablo HQ.

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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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Come See Our Design Project at CEDIA! – Demo of Tablo With Cable Card Support

The Tablo team is in Denver this week at the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (otherwise known as CEDIA) Expo (September 11-13, 2014). At the Expo, we’ll be showing off the Tablo Over-the-Air DVR that you know and love as well as something new we’ve been tinkering with in the lab: cable card support within Tablo.

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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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

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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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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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Why, oh why, no HDMI??? Because it saves you money, that's why!

Tablo - No HDMIWe often have people ask us if Tablo has an HDMI out port that would connect directly to a TV. The short answer is no, which has left a few people scratching their heads.

While it might seem like an HDMI port would be a good thing for a video product, the design team here at Nuvyyo has deliberately chosen not to include one in the Tablo device.

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The making of Tablo - Behind the scenes video and sneak peek!

At Nuvyyo, we know that an experienced team and strong relationships with the right partners is key to the development of a successful product.

We wanted to introduce you to some of team Tablo and demonstrate how far we’ve come with our hardware and app development. We’ll also tell you how we plan to make the most of your support and input through Indiegogo to bring Tablo to your home.

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