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Tablo DVR ENGINE for Nvidia Shield TV

Tablo DVR ENGINE for Nvidia Shield TV

Tablo turns your Nvidia Shield TV into an HDMI-connected Over-the-Air DVR with support for 5.1 surround sound and fast channel surfing. Cord cutters can now connect any TV antenna and use the beautiful Tablo DVR ENGINE app to watch and record live OTA TV directly on their Nvidia Shield TV device.

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The Tablo DVR ENGINE for Nvidia Shield TV solution features:

The Tablo DVR ENGINE solution lets you watch live TV while you record another OTA TV channel on your Nvidia Shield TV.

The ONLY Tablo offering that is HDMI-enabled, Tablo ENGINE software runs natively on your Nvidia Shield which connects directly to your TV via HDMI.

The Tablo ENGINE for Nvidia Shield TV supports full 5.1 surround sound, when available to provide that rich audio experience to match the crystal clear HDTV picture.

The Tablo ENGINE for Nvidia Shield delivers beautiful, high definition picture quality directly from your HDTV antenna. Far superior to what you get with cable or satellite feeds.

How It Works

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Tablo transforms your Nvidia Shield TV into an Over-The-Air DVR. Designed for use with the Tablo TUNER USB adapter, the Tablo ENGINE app lets you discover, watch, and record live broadcast TV without expensive cable or satellite subscriptions.

Unlike Tablo's network-connected hardware DVRs (Tablo 4-TunerTablo DUAL 64 GB, Tablo DUAL LITE, and Tablo QUAD) which stream live and recorded TV to multiple devices, the Tablo software OTA DVR solution for Nvidia Shield TV is designed for cord cutters who want the simplicity of an HDMI-connected DVR solution that delivers full quality video and 5.1 audio directly to a big screen TV via a beautiful, easy to use interface.   


What You Need

To set up the Tablo OTA DVR ENGINE for Nvidia Shield TV you need:

  • An Over-the-Air HDTV antenna
  • A Tablo TUNER USB antenna adapter
  • An internet connection
  • An Nvidia Shield TV streaming media device (16 GB model) or Nvidia Shield PRO home media server (500 GB model)
  • A USB hard drive - only required for storing recordings on the 16GB Nvidia Shield; recordings can be saved to internal storage on the 500 GB model

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The Tablo ENGINE software OTA DVR for Nvidia Shield TV includes a free, fully-featured 30-day trial of our Tablo ENGINE Guide Data Subscription, so you can try it before you buy it.

Once your trial is complete you can choose to use Tablo without a subscription. However, to enjoy the full Tablo experience, a subscription to our optional guide data service is recommended. 

For a small monthly fee, our guide data provides the beautiful cover art, episode and series synopses, and metadata that make it easy for cord cutters like you to browse content and set recordings via the Tablo ENGINE app right on your Nvidia Shield TV. Without a subscription, you can continue to enjoy 24 hours of guide data and live TV.

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It's easy to start enjoying free Over-the-Air TV directly on your Nvidia Shield TV. Here's how:

  • Connect your HDTV Antenna to Tablo TUNER

  • Connect Tablo TUNER to your Nvidia Shield TV via an available USB port

  • Connect a USB Hard Drive - (Only the Nvidia Shield 16 GB models require a hard drive both for streaming live TV and recording)

  • Download the Tablo ENGINE app from the Google Play Store and follow the Tablo OTA DVR Setup Wizard

Looking for more details? Get additional information on antenna selection and positioning, a list of recommended hard drivesset-up instructions and troubleshooting tips.


What's Included:
Tablo TUNER Adapter
USB Extension Cable
Quick Start Guide

System Requirements:
Requires Android OS 7+
Requires SHIELD Experience 5+

Hardware Requirements:
NVIDIA SHIELD TV streaming media device OR
NVIDIASHIELD PRO home media server

Concurrent Streams:
Watch live TV and record up to two shows at once.
Does not stream to other devices.

Onboard storage available on NVIDIA SHIELD PRO 500GB models.
USB hard drive required for NVIDIA SHIELD TV 16GB streaming media devices.

USB 2.0

Video Format:

Height - 6.35mm (.25")
Width - 31.75mm (1.25")
Depth - 88.9 mm (3.5")

109 g (3.8 oz)


No. The Tablo ENGINE app is a free download from the Google Play Store. When you download Tablo ENGINE onto your Android TV device, it comes with a free 30-day trial of the Tablo ENGINE TV Guide Data Service so you can try out some of the cooler features Tablo has to offer.

When you buy Tablo TUNER, we include the USB tuner adapter, a power adapter, a USB extension cable and a Quick Start Guide. The companion Tablo ENGINE DVR app is available as a free download from the Google Play Store. The Tablo TUNER/Tablo ENGINE solution comes with a free 30-day trial of the Tablo ENGINE Guide Data Subscription so you can try out some of the cooler features Tablo has to offer. 

In a way, yes! Tablo ENGINE is a software DVR app that you download from the Google Play Store onto your Android TV streaming set-top-box which connects to your TV via HDMI.

In a nutshell, Tablo OTA DVRs are whole-home cord cutting solutions, while the Tablo DVR ENGINE for Nvidia Shield TV is a Cord Cutting solution for a single TV.

Tablo OTA DVRs are best for streaming live and recorded OTA TV: A standalone hardware device with OTA TV tuners and transcoders that records content to internal/external hard drives, then transcodes and streams content over your WiFi network to powerful free apps on all of your set top boxes and mobile devices alike. 

Tablo DVR ENGINE for Nvidia Shield TV is best for channel surfing live OTA TV and enjoying full 5.1 surround sound. A downloadable software DVR app paired with a simple TV antenna USB adapter that turns the Nvidia Shield itself into a DVR. The Shield can then record OTA TV content to its internal/external hard drives and play this live and recorded content on your TV through its physical HDMI connection.

No. The Tablo DVR ENGINE solution is designed to deliver lightning fast, high quality OTA TV video and audio from your TV antenna through your Nvidia Shield to a single TV screen via HDMI.

If you want to watch content on multiple TVs, mobile devices or your computer, we recommend a Tablo OTA DVR device.

Yes. You can use the Tablo DVR ENGINE For Nvidia Shield TV without a subscription. But to enjoy the full Tablo experience, a subscription to our optional guide data service is recommended. Without a Tablo subscription, you can still watch live TV but manual recordings and one-touch/series recordings, cover art, and advanced features are only available with active subscriptions. Read more about using Tablo ENGINE without a subscription on the Tablo Software OTA DVR Solution page.

Yes! As an HDMI-connected solution, Tablo DVR ENGINE for Nvidia Shield enables passthrough of 5.1 Surround Sound to your TV and/or home theater speakers when available. 

No. The Tablo DVR ENGINE for Nvidia Shield solution does not support closed captioning at this time.

If closed captioning is important to you, Tablo OTA DVRs do support closed captioning on a number of devices. 

No, not at this time. At launch Tablo DVR ENGINE for Nvidia Shield is restricted to use with the Nvidia Shield device.

We are however exploring expanding support to additional powerful Android TV devices.

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

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).

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