Tablo FAQs

Tablo is a DVR for cord cutters using TV antennas to access local Over-the-Air broadcast TV programs.

With Tablo you can discover, record and stream that great free TV content on any device, anytime, anywhere in the world.

This video provides an overview of Tablo DVRs.

Tablo DVRs connect to your Over-The-Air (OTA) TV antenna to collect live, local broadcast TV.

Tablo then connects to your home's internet router, either through WiFi or Ethernet, so you can then browse, record and stream that free broadcast TV content via apps on a variety of devices including smartphones, tablets, streaming set-top-boxes, gaming consoles, Smart TVs, and computers.

about how Tablo OTA DVRs work.

No, Tablo OTA DVRs do not have an HDMI connection. Instead, Tablo streams live TV and recordings over your home network to HDMI-enabled devices connected to your TV including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV (using the app on the 4th gen Apple TV, or via AirPlay from an iPad or iPhone), or Chromecast (casting from Android devices or PCs with the Chromecast extension). You can also use the Tablo web app with an HDMI-enabled computer connected to your TV, or directly on Smart TVs powered by Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Samsung, or most LG WebOS 2.0 and 3.0 operating systems.

Looking for an HDMI-connected DVR option? Check out our Tablo TUNER/Tablo ENGINE software OTA DVR solution.

When you buy Tablo OTA DVR we include the Tablo DVR, a power adapter, a 3-foot Ethernet cable and a Quick Start Guide. Every Tablo OTA DVR comes with a free 30-day trial of the Tablo Guide Data Subscription so you can try out some of the cooler features Tablo has to offer. Tablo apps are available as free downloads. You can find information and links to all Tablo apps on our Apps page.

To set up your Tablo OTA DVR you need:

  • An Over-the-Air HDTV antenna
  • An internet connection
  • A USB hard drive - this is required both for watching live TV and recording on Tablo 2-Tuner and Tablo 4-Tuner models
  • A WiFi-enabled computer (Chrome/Safari browser) OR a mobile device (iPad/iPhone w/iOS7+ OR Android smartphone/tablet w/Android 4.1+)

To watch Tablo content on your big screen, you'll need:

  • A Smart TV powered by: Roku, or Amazon Fire TV, or Android TV, or Samsung, or most LG WebOS 2.0 and 3.0 operating systems; OR
  • A Set-Top-Box/Streaming Media Device: Roku, or Amazon Fire TV, or AppleTV, or Nvidia SHIELD, or Xiaomi MiBox; OR
  • A Streaming Stick: Roku Stick, or Amazon Fire TV Stick, or a Chromecast dongle (casting from an Android device or Chrome browser); OR
  • A Gaming System: Nvidia SHIELD, or XBox One; OR
  • An HDMI-enabled computer: Tablo web app in Chrome/Safari

Tablo OTA DVR enables you to discover, record and stream live HDTV programming from antennas on a wide range of mobile devices, streaming media players, Smart TVs, gaming systems and computers.

For the latest list of compatible devices, visit our Apps & Compatible Devices page.

For a small monthly fee, our guide data subscription provides the beautiful cover art, episode and series synopses and metadata that makes it easy for you to browse content and set recordings on your Tablo through our various apps. A subscription also enables some of Tablo's cooler features like Tablo Connect for out-of-home streaming. Learn more and get pricing on our Tablo Subscription page.

No. Tablo is designed to record and stream Over-The-Air (OTA) broadcast signals from ATSC TV antennas. We do not support recording from cable or satellite signals, cableCARDs, or clear/unencrypted cable (QAM).

No. Legal and technical reasons prevent Tablo from recording content from sources other than an ATSC digital TV antenna. You can read more about this on the Tablo blog.

In general, those in major urban centers in Canada and the United States can expect to receive many free HDTV channels Over-the-Air including most major networks. The quality of your OTA TV reception is based on your proximity to local broadcast towers, the type of antenna you're using, and its location (indoor, outdoor, height off the ground, direction).

Consult our Antennas and OTA reception page for more information and to find out what channels are available in your area.

Tablo products are currently available to residents of the United States (including Alaska & Hawaii) and Canada. You can buy Tablo direct from or through our trusted Online Retail Partners.


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