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How To Find & Download the Tablo App on your Smart TV

Smart TVs are ready-made for cord cutters, as they allow you to access your main TV functions and streaming apps via a single remote.

And although they sometimes lack the flexibility or features of a stand-alone streaming device, the hardware and the interfaces have improved. App availability has also increased as most TV manufacturers have settled on a handful of standardized operating systems.

This has enabled us to create and distribute native Tablo OTA DVR apps for the majority of Smart TVs on the market today including:

  • ‘Roku’-powered televisions
  • ‘Amazon Fire TV’-powered televisions
  • ‘Android TV’-powered televisions
  • Select LG televisions running the webOS operating system
  • Select Samsung televisions running the TIZEN operating system (US residents only)

 

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Keep reading to learn how to find and download the Tablo OTA DVR app on your supported Smart TV

NOTE - If you’re planning to rely on your Smart TV for your primary Tablo viewing experience, please search the app store on your television before making your Tablo purchase to avoid disappointment.

 

Downloading the Tablo App on Roku-Powered Smart TVs

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Roku Smart TVs are currently dominating the market. In fact, 1-in-4 internet-connected televisions sold in the first part of 2018 were powered by the Roku operating system.

Why? Roku-powered Smart TVs offer the same experience as their best-selling streaming boxes and sticks, with a simple and easy-to-use interface and a wide selection of apps (which they call channels).

To find the Tablo channel on your Roku-powered Smart TV, go to:

HOME > SEARCH > TABLO TV > ADD CHANNEL > GO TO CHANNEL

Roku TV manufacturing brands include TCL • Insignia • Sharp • Hisense • Hitachi • RCA • Philips • Element

 

Downloading the Tablo App on Amazon Fire TV-Powered Smart TVs

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When the folks at Amazon saw how well Roku-powered Smart TVs were selling on their own e-commerce platform, they decided to get into the game with their own Fire TV televisions.

Just like Roku, televisions running on the Fire TV operating system have the same interface and app selection as their streaming boxes and sticks.

To find the Tablo app on your Amazon Fire TV-powered Smart TV, go to:

HOME > SEARCH (Magnifying Glass Icon) > TABLO > GET > OPEN

(NOTE – There are two Tablo apps for Amazon Fire TV devices – the original Tablo app, and Tablo PREVIEW which includes all the latest features including 5.1 Surround Sound. You can download and use both apps at this time, but when the Tablo PREVIEW app is feature complete, this will become the new default Tablo app.)

Amazon Fire TV manufacturing brands include Toshiba • Element • Insignia • Westinghouse

 

Downloading the Tablo App on Android TV-Powered Smart TVs

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Just like in the steaming device realm, there aren’t many Smart TVs running a certified version of Android TV as an operating system.

That doesn’t mean the platform is sub-par. The Android TV interface is excellent, however it's often one of the last platforms to get the newest ‘leanback’ apps designed specifically for televisions.  

To find the Tablo app on your Android TV-powered Smart TV, go to:

HOME > APPS > GOOGLE PLAY STORE > SEARCH (Magnifying Glass Icon) > TABLO > INSTALL > OPEN

(NOTE – There are two Tablo apps for Android TV devices – the original Tablo app, and Tablo PREVIEW which includes all the latest features including 5.1 Surround Sound. You can download and use both apps at this time, but when the Tablo PREVIEW app is feature complete, this will become the new default Tablo app.)

Android TV manufacturing brands include Sharp • Sony • Philips • Hisense

 

 

Downloading the Tablo App on LG webOS Smart TVs

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LG’s Smart TVs run on proprietary software called webOS which was originally designed as the operating system for Palm Pilots.

Because of this, cord cutters may find it more difficult to navigate and that the app selection disappointing. However, there is a native Tablo app for most LG Smart TVs running webOS 2.0+.

To find the Tablo app on your Android TV-powered Smart TV, go to:

HOME > LG CONTENT STORE > SEARCH (Magnifying Glass Icon) > TABLO > INSTALL > LAUNCH

 

Downloading the Tablo App on Samsung TIZEN Smart TVs

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Samsung also uses a proprietary operating system called TIZEN, with its own dedicated app store. While it’s responsive and easy to navigate, its app selection is limited.

However, there is a native Tablo app for select 2015 and newer Samsung TIZEN TVs which is available to United States residents only.

Samsung Smart TVs have either a ‘home’ button or a ‘Smart Hub’ button which launches the Smart TV interface and provides access to its app store.

 

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To find the Tablo app on your Samsung Smart TV, go to:

SMART HUB or HOME > SEARCH (Magnifying Glass Icon) > TABLO >INSTALL > OPEN

 

Unsupported Smart TVs
If you’re unable to locate the Tablo app when you search the ‘app store’ on your LG or Samsung Smart TV, your television may not have the correct software or hardware to support the app. In this case, you will need to connect a separate streaming box or stick to your television to use the Tablo app.

A native Tablo app for Vizio Smart TVs is not available as their televisions rely on built-in Chromecast support which (in most cases) requires casting from a smartphone or tablet, or a native app on the very limited Yahoo Smart TV platform store. Vizio Smart TV owners will also need to connect a separate streaming box or stick to their televisions to use the Tablo app.

 

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