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Introducing Our Newest TV-Connected OTA DVR, Tablo QUAD HDMI

Late last year, we launched our first TV-connected Over-the-Air DVR, Tablo DUAL HDMI.

And one of the first things folks asked was, “When will you be launching a Tablo OTA DVR with four tuners and an HDMI connection?”

That time is now!


Meet the Tablo QUAD HDMI OTA DVR!

Keep reading for details…


A TV-Connected Tablo for DVR Power Users

Designed for cord cutters with larger families and/or Over-the-Air TV channel lineups, the Tablo QUAD HDMI shares the same form factor as its dual-tuner sibling.

But with four onboard ATSC 1.0 tuners, this OTA DVR gives you the flexibility to watch or record up to four programs at once.

With its own remote and a direct HDMI connection to your primary television, the Tablo QUAD HDMI is ideal for those who prefer a more traditional DVR setup.


Same Great Tablo Interface, New Form Factor


The new Tablo QUAD HDMI is the perfect way to supplement popular streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime that cord cutters already enjoy on their Smart TVs with free live and recorded local TV channels.

We’ve built powerful quad-tuner quad-core DVR hardware that connects directly to any modern television via HDMI and merged it with the intuitive DVR interface that existing Tablo OTA DVR owners know and love.

Just plug and play! The on-screen setup wizard will have you browsing all the great HDTV content from broadcast stations like ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and more in no time.

Using the QUAD HDMI DVR’s dedicated remote, cord cutters can enjoy great Tablo DVR features including a traditional live TV grid guide, one-touch series recording, automatic commercial skip, and much more without the need for a separate streaming device or Smart TV.


What’s Different About TV-Connected DVRs Like Tablo QUAD HDMI

Tablo TV-Connected DVRs
As a TV-connected Tablo OTA DVR, there are some fundamental differences between Tablo QUAD HDMI and our network-connected OTA DVRs.

  • Raw MPEG2 Video
    First, Tablo QUAD HDMI records and displays Over-the-Air TV in raw MPEG2 video format at the resolution and bitrate in which it is broadcast, including 1080i @30fps and 720p @60fps, where available.

    This means you can squeeze about 130 hours of HDTV recordings on to a 1TB drive with our HDMI-connected devices, versus up to 700 with a network-connected Tablo, which transcodes the video into HLS format and optimizes the video for streaming and storage. With that in mind, you may wish to choose a larger hard drive to connect to your Tablo QUAD HDMI.

    And unlike its network-connected cousin, the Tablo QUAD HDMI does NOT offer an onboard compartment for SATA drives.

  • Included Remote
    Since the Tablo QUAD HDMI’s interface is running on the DVR itself, it comes with its own dedicated IR (infrared) remote. This Tablo remote can automatically switch to the Tablo device’s HDMI input and even control the power and volume on supported TVs via CEC.

Tablo QUAD HDMI remote

  • Less Reliant on Internet for Basic Viewing
    Tablo QUAD HDMI is an ideal OTA DVR for cord cutters who travel in RVs or live in rural areas where internet access is spotty.

    While Tablo QUAD HDMI does require internet access for setup, this OTA DVR enables you to continue enjoying live and recorded programming on your primary television without internet access for up to two weeks.


In-Home Streaming to Secondary Televisions

Tablo QUAD HDMI secondary streaming

Just because TV-connected Tablo OTA DVRs are tethered to your main television via HDMI, doesn’t mean you’re limited to watching content on a single TV.

With an active TV Guide Data Service subscription, Tablo QUAD HDMI OTA DVRs can stream live and recorded antenna TV on up to four secondary televisions in your home.

Once your DVR is set up, simply download free Tablo apps on streaming set-top-boxes and Smart TVs running the following operating systems and connect to your Tablo QUAD HDMI OTA DVR:

  • Roku
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Android TV

For a list of supported devices and additional details, visit the TV-connected Tablo OTA DVRs page.

NOTE - Streaming content from Tablo QUAD HDMI to other devices within the home requires a VERY strong WiFi network.

If you experience buffering, you may need to connect your Tablo and/or your streaming device to your router via Ethernet.


Pricing & Availability

Tablo QUAD HDMI pricing availability

Tablo QUAD HDMI OTA DVRs are available now exclusively at at an MSRP of $199.99 USD or $259.99 CAD.


Everything you love about Tablo
All the features and benefits that make Tablo OTA DVRs awesome haven't changed with the Tablo QUAD HDMI, including:

Software Updates and Support

Tablo software updates & support

All generations of Tablo OTA DVRs receive free regular firmware and app updates, as well as basic DVR functionality, including:

  • 24 hours of TV Guide Data (traditional grid guide)
  • Manual recording (one-time or recurring)
  • Playback controls including pause, rewind, and fast-forward
  • Support for 5.1 Surround Sound passthrough


Optional Tablo TV Guide Data Service

Tablo QUAD HDMI in situ

All Tablo OTA DVRs include a 30-day free trial of the Tablo TV Guide Data Service, which gives cord cutters total control over DVR scheduling and viewing. Along with episode and series synopses, cover art, and metadata for programs airing over the next two weeks, a Tablo TV Guide Data Service subscription provides powerful, and yet easy-to-use advanced DVR features like:


Optional Tablo Automatic Commercial Skip Service

Automatic Commercial Skip

All Tablo OTA DVRs include a 30-day free trial of the optional Tablo Premium Service subscription which enables the Automatic Commercial Skip feature. Automatic Commercial Skip makes it even easier to enjoy most recordings from Tablo OTA DVRs without any commercial interruptions by eliminating the need to manually fast-forward over ads.

Unlike other offerings which rely on intensive computing power or humans to identify commercial breaks, Tablo uses a cloud-based hybrid of digital signal processing (DSP) algorithms and machine learning to deliver more accurate results.


Have questions about the Tablo QUAD HDMI OTA DVR before or after you buy?

Don’t hesitate to reach out via Facebook or Twitter or directly to our support team.

We’re always happy to help!




What's the difference between TV-connected Tablo OTA DVRs like Tablo QUAD HDMI and network-connected Tablo OTA DVRs?
TV-connected Tablo DVRs like Tablo QUAD HDMI offer a more traditional set-top-box DVR setup. They connect directly to your television while at the same time provide the powerful and yet easy-to-use OTA DVR interface that Tablo customers know and love. TV-connected Tablo DVRs are designed for cord cutters who primarily watch programming on a single television.

On the other hand, network-connected Tablo OTA DVRs don’t connect to your television at all. Instead, they connect to your home’s WiFi router to distribute live and recorded TV to multiple internet-connected devices like Smart TVs, streaming boxes and sticks, smartphones, tablets, and computers.


What’s the difference between Tablo DUAL HDMI and Tablo QUAD HDMI OTA DVRs?
Tablo DUAL HDMI and Tablo QUAD HDMI are identical aside from the two additional tuners in the QUAD which give you the flexibility to record or watch up to four programs at once.

Does Tablo QUAD HDMI OTA DVR allow me to stream video to other devices?
While TV-connected Tablo OTA DVRs are designed for cord cutters who primarily watch programming on a single television, Tablo QUAD HDMI does enable streaming to a limited selection of internet-connected devices within the home, with an active TV Guide Data Service Subscription.

Depending on the quality of your home network, Tablo QUAD HDMI can stream to up to four compatible Smart TVs or streaming set-top-boxes at the same.

The QUAD HDMI is NOT compatible with existing Tablo apps for computers, smartphones, tablets, Apple TV, or select Smart TVs.

Can I use Tablo QUAD HDMI without a subscription?
Yes. But to enjoy the full Tablo experience, a subscription to our optional TV Guide Data Service is recommended. Without a Tablo subscription, you can still watch live TV and set manual recordings by date/time/channel but series recordings, cover art, and other advanced features including streaming to secondary televisions are only available with active subscriptions. 

Do I need internet to use a Tablo QUAD HDMI OTA DVR?
Yes. You DO need internet access to use Tablo QUAD HDMI OTA DVR. The device requires internet connectivity for setup, to download TV Guide Data, to perform overnight maintenance, Automatic Commercial Skip, and for periodic firmware updates. However, Tablo QUAD HDMI can still play back live TV and recordings during internet outages or in locations where internet access is limited.


Will Tablo QUAD HDMI OTA DVR be available at Amazon or Best Buy?
Tablo QUAD HDMI OTA DVRs will be sold exclusively at


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