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Watch TV Anywhere, Anytime with Tablo Connect

Tablo's out-of-home streaming service - Tablo Connect - lets you access your Tablo, live TV and recordings on your paired devices, anywhere in the world.

The app for Live TV, Tablo lives alongside your other on-demand streaming services like Netflix and live TV streaming apps like Sling TV to deliver your hometown news, sports and live events as they air, or on your schedule, wherever you go.

How Tablo Connect Works

Tablo Connect is a subscription-only feature that is easily enabled in your Tablo's setting screen, to let you access your live and recorded hometown TV through Tablo over WiFi or cellular data connections anywhere in the world.

Supported devices must be synced with your Tablo on its home network before departure.

Once your device has been paired, you can watch live or recorded TV, set future recordings and even adjust some of your Tablo's settings, just like you would at home.

Video streamed to a paired device using Tablo Connect is uploaded via your broadband internet connection, so video will use and be affected by the upload speed of your internet connection. 

To enjoy Over-the-Air TV on-the-go, Tablo supports the use of Tablo Connect on the following devices:

  • iOS smartphones and tablets
  • Android smartphones and tablets
  • PC/MAC
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Xiaomi MiBox (Android TV)
  • Nvidia Shield (Android TV)

Tablo Connect is also supported when casting to Chromecast via paired Android mobile devices and PCs.

Roku and Apple TV do NOT currently support Tablo Connect.

The ‘best’ device for Tablo Connect depends on your needs, but keep these considerations in mind:

Portability - Mobile devices are great for small screen viewing. Watching on a TV at your vacation home? Consider a Fire TV stick or box.

Internet Upload Speed - When streaming video via Tablo Connect, you are limited by the upload speed of your external internet connection from your ISP. A minimum upload speed of 5 Mbps is required.

WiFi Connections - Some public WiFi networks can restrict the streaming of video or the use of internet ports required to access Tablo Connect.

Cellular Connections - There are generally no restrictions on cellular connections, but streaming video via Tablo Connect can use approximately 2-7 GB of data per half hour program, so an unlimited data package is recommended. 

 

Apple fans can enjoy live and recorded TV via the Tablo apps for iPhone and iPad.

Benefits
- Access to all Tablo screens and filters including settings
- Supports Tablo Connect
- Supports setting manual recordings
- Can be used with older generation Apple TV devices via Airplay
- Available in the US and Canada

Drawbacks
- None

We Recommend
Any newer generation iPhone or iPad running iOS 9+ can be used with the Tablo app.

 

Android fans can enjoy live and recorded TV via the Tablo app for Android smartphones and tablets.

Benefits
- Access to all Tablo screens and filters including settings
- Supports Tablo Connect
- Supports setting manual recordings
- Can be used with Chromecast to 'cast' programs to your big screen TV
- Available in the US and Canada

Drawbacks
- None

We Recommend
Any newer generation Android device running Android 4.1+ can be used with the Tablo app.

If you want to keep an eye on the game while working on your PC or MAC laptop, or if you have a Home Theatre PC (HTPC) setup in the basement, you can enjoy live and recorded content from Tablo via the web app.

Benefits
- Access to all Tablo screens and filters including settings
- Supports Tablo Connect (via web, not Windows 10 app)
- Supports setting manual recordings
- Can be used with Chromecast to 'cast' programs to your big screen TV
- Available in the US and Canada

Drawbacks
- Not fully supported on all browsers - optimized for Chrome and Safari

We Recommend
Any PC or MAC computer running Chrome or Safari with a sufficient video card for playing high quality video will work with the Tablo web app.

Amazon Fire TV is the 2nd most popular streaming device for use with Tablo OTA DVRs.

Benefits
- Access to most Tablo screens and features
- Support for over 7,000+ paid or free apps and games
- Range of affordable devices including set-top-boxes and sticks
- Supports Tablo Connect
- Supports setting manual recordings*
- Available in the US and Canada

*(via the original Tablo app, not yet on the Tablo PREVIEW app)

Drawbacks
- User interface pushes Amazon Video content; can be off-putting for non-subscribers 

We Recommend
The 2019 Amazon Fire TV Cube or the Amazon Fire TV 4K stick for the best experience.

(1st generation Fire TV boxes and sticks are no longer officially supported.)

The Nvidia SHIELD platform is great for gamers and home theatre hobbyists because of its power and flexibility. 

Benefits
- Super-fast in-app navigation
- Access to most Tablo screens and features
- Supports Tablo Connect*
- Supports setting manual recordings*
- Controlled with a gamepad or optional remote control
- Access to a wide range of popular apps and games from the Google Play store
- Can become a mini HTPC with PLEX or KODI 
- Available in the US and Canada

*(via the original Tablo app, not yet on the Tablo PREVIEW app)

Drawbacks
- Expensive – starts at $199 USD
- Cannot control Tablo app using Google voice controls

We Recommend
Nvidia SHIELD TV PRO or NVIDIA SHIELD TV (stick).

The Xiaomi Mi Box is an affordable Android TV-based streamer made by the world’s 4th largest smartphone manufacturer.

Benefits
- Affordable – $69 USD
- Good value in terms of speed, features and technology
- Access to most Tablo screens and features
- Supports Tablo Connect
- Supports setting manual recordings*
- Available in the US and Canada

*(via the original Tablo app, not yet on the Tablo PREVIEW app)

Drawbacks
- Connects via WiFi only
- Cannot control Tablo app using Google voice controls

We Recommend
Xiaomi Mi Box S (US version)

Now that you know more about Tablo Connect-compatible devices, here's some additional reading that you might find helpful:

Tablo Connect Setup

If your home router is enabled with a Universal Plug n' Play (UPNP) function, setting up Tablo Connect is as simple as clicking a checkbox in the settings screen. 

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