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Tablo Q&A – Why Doesn’t the 4th Generation Tablo Come With A Remote Control?

Remotes from Tablo compatible devices
Remotes from Tablo compatible devices

Today’s question comes from Don who asks, “Why didn’t my 4th generation Tablo come with a remote control? Can I buy one for it?”

The 4th generation Tablo is a bit of a unique television viewing device in that it doesn’t connect directly to your television via HDMI.

Instead, it connects to your home network via Ethernet or Wi-Fi and streams live and recorded programming to Tablo apps on compatible smart TVs and streaming devices.

That means instead of the Tablo having its own remote control, you’ll use the familiar remote control that came with your smart TV or streaming device to download the Tablo app and then control your DVR wirelessly.

So, if you have a Roku smart TV, you’ll use the remote control that came with your Roku television to control the Tablo. If you have an Amazon Fire TV stick, you’ll use the remote control that came with your Fire TV streaming device.

That means you don’t need to use your smartphone or tablet to control your Tablo (at least after setup is complete), or to purchase a separate universal remote.

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. 

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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. 

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