Top 10 FAQs for Tablo

Tablo is a DVR for HDTV Antennas. Tablo is an Over-The-Air (OTA) TV system designed to combine the functionality of a DVR and the convenience and mobility of a tablet app. Browse, record and stream free local HDTV broadcast programs on any device – anytime, anywhere in the world. This video provides an overview of Tablo DVR.

The Tablo OTA DVR collects free Over-The-Air (OTA) HDTV content through an external HDTV antenna connected to the device. The Tablo DVR is then connected to your home's internet router, either through WiFi or Ethernet cable. The Tablo app, downloaded on your tablet or accessed through the web on your computer, will walk you through the remaining installation and setup process and will become the primary interface with your Tablo OTA DVR system. Once Tablo has helped you scan for and select the HDTV channels you want to view, and download program guide data, you're ready to browse, record and stream live HDTV programming on your tablet, phone, PC/Mac or TV.

No, Tablo OTA DVR does not have an HDMI connection. Instead, it streams live TV and recordings over your home network to HDMI devices connected to your TV including Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV (using the app on the 4th gen Apple TV, or via AirPlay from an iPad or iPhone), Roku (as a channel) or Chromecast (streaming via dongle to HDMI port). Please note - Support for Chromecast is available via the Android app and Chrome browser with the Chromecast extension. You can also use the Tablo web app with an HDMI-enabled computer connected to your TV.

When you buy Tablo OTA DVR we include the Tablo DVR, a power adapter, and a 3-foot Ethernet cable. The Tablo interface app is available as a free download. You can find information and links on all Tablo apps on our Tablo Apps Page. 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.

To use Tablo you need the following things:

  • an HDTV antenna
  • a tablet computer running Apple iOS7 or Android 4.1 OR a computer
  • an internet connection
  • a USB hard drive – this is required both for watching live TV and recording programming.

If you'd like to watch programming on your big screen TV, you'll also need an HDMI device such as Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV (using the 4th gen Apple TV app, or using AirPlay from an iPad or iPhone), Roku or a Chromecast dongle. You can also use the Tablo web app with an HDMI-enabled computer connected to your TV. This video explains How Tablo OTA DVR works.

Tablo OTA DVR enables you to discover, record and stream live HDTV programming from antennas on the following devices:

  • Apple and Android tablets
  • Apple and Android smartphones
  • PC or Mac computers

Televisions using enabling devices including:

  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Android TV
  • Roku
  • AppleTV (using the 4th gen Apple TV app, or using AirPlay from an iPad or iPhone)
  • Google Chromecast (via the Android app and Chrome browser)

Your Tablo Guide Data Subscription gives you the ability to watch Tablo OTA DVR content remotely using the Tablo Connect feature. It also gives you access to live TV guide data for your area 14 days in advance as well as smart recording features including the ability to set recordings by series, season, and new episodes only.

Tablo is focused on providing a DVR to capture High Definition Over-The-Air (OTA) broadcast signals so we're not currently considering adding commercial support for cableCARD or clear QAM.

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 HDTV reception is based on your proximity to HDTV broadcast towers, the type of antenna you're using and its location (indoor, outdoor, height off the ground, direction). Read our blog post Is Over-The-Air (OTA) HDTV right for you? on this subject for more information.

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