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The 4th generation Tablo DVR has been out for a few weeks now and we got our hands on this brand new DVR. This is a major departure from older Tablo DVRs, mainly by being free to use after you buy it, unlike the subscription that was needed in the past.

So, other than being subscription-free after you buy it, how does this compare to the older Tablo DVRs? Let us take a look.

Here is our full YouTube review of the new Tablo DVR:

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This is a great two-tuner DVR that lets you record up to two programs at once. It comes as a stand alone model for $99.99 or for a little more with an antenna.

The big new feature here is that Tablo will also add live free streaming channels into its live TV guide. There is also a new app that is available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV/Google TV and iOS mobile platforms, as well as most smart TVs and mobile devices. Apple TV, Samsung and Vizio are expected to be added later this year.

This new app mixes both your antenna and a collection of free streaming content into a single place. It also helps you quickly find what is on in a very similar style to YouTube TV with recommended content.

That new DVR comes with enough storage for 50+ hours of video. If you want more, you can add an external hard drive for extra storage.

The one downside is the fact that this Tablo DVR only works in your house. Unlike older models that let you stream it anywhere you are, this one is limited to your home. Tablo says this is because of the high image quality compared to older models, making it hard to stream online.

The Bottom Line:

If you have an old Tablo DVR with a lifetime subscription, there is no reason to upgrade to this model. If you are thinking about getting a DVR at an affordable price with no subscription fee, this may be the DVR for you.

Tablo’s new DVR is once again super easy to use. The setup was quick and easy. The guide is easy to use and it works with most popular streaming players.

So if you want a new Tablo DVR, this is a great option. If you have an old one, I wouldn’t upgrade, especially if you have a lifetime pass as the older DVRs let you also stream outside of your house.

The new Tablo solution features:


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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