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Love the new Apple TV, but miss the ability to record TV shows? Tablo’s new Apple TV app could help to fill that gap by offering the ability to watch and record broadcast TV without the need for a cable subscription.

Tablo, which was officially released on Apple’s App Store Friday, doesn’t actually add recording capabilities directly to Apple’s device. Instead, it relies on the networked Tablo DVR — a small box that retails for $200 and streams live and recorded broadcast TV it picks up with an over-the-air antenna to mobile and connected devices.

But for Apple TV owners, Tablo could still prove to be an interesting solution — especially since it offers something that Apple itself hasn’t been able to pull off. The Cupertino company tried for a long time to launch its own pay TV package to compete with cable TV services, but failed to get the necessary rights.

Especially local broadcast TV proved to be difficult for Apple, since it involves to just striking deals with the big broadcast networks but also countless affiliates all around the country.

Tablo on the other hand doesn’t need to bother about any of these rights, since it simply offers a DVR that records shows locally — albeit with a modern interface and the ability to work with devices like Apple TV. Tablo’s app even is capable of skipping over commercials with Siri voice commands.

 

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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. 

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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