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The latest Tablo news along with tips to maximize your free TV experience. 

Tablo Q&A – Should I buy the Tablo with the antenna or buy one separately?

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Tablo device and Wi-Fi router on wicker credenza with antenna in the window behind it

Today’s question comes from Carlos who asks, “Should I buy the Tablo with the antenna included or is it better to buy a separate TV antenna?”

In case you didn’t know, both the 2-tuner and 4-tuner Tablo whole-home DVRs can be purchased as standalone devices, or in a Tablo Total System package which includes a 35-mile TV antenna.

The indoor TV antenna that comes with the Tablo Total System is ideal for folks who live approximately 35 miles or less from their local broadcast TV towers.

(You can check out a map of your area’s broadcast towers here.)

Keep in mind that obstructions like trees, buildings and hills between you and your local towers, can reduce a TV antenna’s range.

If you live further away, in the suburbs or country, you will need to purchase a larger, more powerful indoor or perhaps even outdoor antenna to connect to your Tablo. This will help ensure your DVR receives a strong and consistent signal from the broadcast towers. 

In that case, or if you already have a TV antenna that works well in your location, you can save a few dollars and purchase the standalone Tablo DVR. 

Still not sure which Tablo model is right for you, or what outdoor antenna to purchase? Take our quiz to find out.

Have a question about watching TV that you’d like answered? Send us a note and you may see your question on the Tablo blog and in an upcoming issue of our newsletter, Stay Tuned!

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How to restart your phone/tablet

Sometimes, just restarting your smartphone or tablet can clear up issues with apps. The links below will provide detailed instructions on how to force close your Tablo app. 

Apple iPhone

Android smartphones 

Most Android smartphones and tablets can be restarted by holding the POWER button and then selecting RESTART or POWER OFF and RESTART from the POWER OPTIONS menu.

NOTE: Newer Samsung devices require you to hold the POWER/SIDE button and VOLUME DOWN to make the POWER OPTIONS menu appear. On the Google Pixel 6, hold the POWER and VOLUME UP buttons.

How to force close your Tablo app?

Sometimes, just restarting the app can fix things. The links below will provide detailed instructions on how to force close your Tablo app. 

Apple iPhone/iPad

Android smartphones/tablets 

Need help with the final steps?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.  Follow the steps in the video below for a full walkthrough of the remaining parts of the Tablo setup process.

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