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Tablo QUAD HDMI OTA DVR

Tablo QUAD HDMI
OTA DVR

The Tablo QUAD HDMI Over-The-Air (OTA) DVR is one of our first DVR models to connect directly to your television.

Designed for cord cutters with larger families and/or channel lineups who prefer a traditional DVR setup with a dedicated remote, Tablo QUAD HDMI lets you watch or record up to four shows at once.

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Features

The Tablo QUAD HDMI OTA DVR for Cord Cutters features:

A Tablo QUAD HDMI OTA DVR can stream or record up to four live OTA TV channels at once.

Watch your favorite live and recorded TV shows right on your big screen without the need for a separate streaming device.

Bring your own storage: Connect a USB hard drive (1TB to 8TB) to your Tablo to record up to 1000 hours of full quality HDTV.

Automatically skip commercials on completed recordings.

How It Works

Unlike our network-connected OTA DVRs, TV-connected Tablo OTA DVRs like the Tablo QUAD HDMI send video directly to your television set via an HDMI cable.

Enjoy your favorite live or recorded HDTV content via Tablo’s beautiful easy-to-use interface and included remote control without the need for a separate streaming device or app.

However, Tablo QUAD HDMI also offers the flexibility to stream live and recorded TV to additional televisions within the home via select streaming devices and smart TVs with an active TV Guide Data Service subscription.

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What You Need

To set up your Tablo QUAD HDMI OTA DVR you need:

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To watch Tablo content on additional TVs within your home, you'll need a strong home WiFi network, an active TV Guide Data Service subscription and one of these:

  • A Smart TV powered by: Roku, or Amazon Fire TV, or Android TV OR
  • A Set-Top-Box/Streaming Media Device: Roku, or Amazon Fire TV, or Chomecast with Google TV, or Nvidia SHIELD

Subscriptions

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Tablo QUAD HDMI OTA DVRs include a free 30-day trial of our Tablo TV Guide Data Service, as well as our Tablo Premium Service which provides the Automatic Commercial Skip feature.

Once your trial is complete, you can choose to use Tablo without a TV Guide Data 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 on your Tablo.

A subscription also enables some of Tablo's cooler features like in-home streaming to additional televisions.

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Setup

It's easy to start enjoying free Over-the-Air TV with a Tablo QUAD HDMI OTA DVR. Here's how:

  • Connect your HDTV Antenna
  • Connect a USB Hard Drive - required both for streaming live TV and recording
  • Install the batteries (included) in the Tablo remote
  • Connect Tablo to your television via HDMI (included)
  • Connect the Power Adapter
  • Connect Tablo to your Home Network - via WiFi or Ethernet

For help with antenna selection and positioning, a list of recommended hard drives, additional set-up instructions, and troubleshooting tips visit TabloTV.com/setup.

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Specifications

What's Included:
Tablo QUAD HDMI OTA DVR
Tablo Remote
AAA Batteries (x2)
Power Supply
5' Ethernet Cable
5' HDMI Cable
Quick Start Guide

Concurrent Streams:
Watch or record up to four shows simultaneously.
Watch on your connected TV and up to four additional TVs via select Tablo apps.

Storage:
No onboard storage
Support for 1TB to 8TB USB hard drive

Ports:
Power
Ethernet 1000/100/10
USB 3.0
HDMI 2.1
Coax

Processing:
Quad Core
2GB RAM
16GB Flash

Networking:
Gigabit Ethernet
802.11ac dual band WiFi with MIMO

Dimensions (Device):
Height - 37 mm (1.45")
Width - 135 mm (5.3")
Depth - 131 mm (5.15")

Weight (Device):
230 g (8 oz)

Video Format:
MPEG2

Audio Format:
Stereo (PCM) audio or AC3 Passthrough (5.1)

FAQs

When you buy Tablo QUAD HDMI OTA DVR we include the Tablo DVR, a Tablo remote, two AAA batteries for the remote, an HDMI cable, an ethernet cable, a power adapter, and a Quick Start Guide.

Every Tablo OTA DVR also comes with a free 30-day trial of the Tablo Guide Data Service as well as Tablo's Premium Service so you can try out some of the cooler features Tablo has to offer. 

Yes! Unlike our network-connected OTA DVRs, TV-connected Tablo DVRs like the QUAD HDMI offer a more traditional set-top-box DVR setup which sends video directly to your television via an HDMI cable.

This lets you enjoy your favorite live or recorded HDTV content via Tablo’s included remote control and beautiful, easy-to-use interface without the need for a separate streaming device or app.

TV-connected Tablo DVRs offer a more traditional set-top-box DVR setup. They connect directly to your television while at the same time provide the powerful and yet easy-to-use DVR interface that Tablo customers know and love. TV-connected DVRs are designed for cord cutters who primarily watch programming on a single television.

On the other hand, network-connected Tablo DVRs don’t connect to your television at all. Instead they connect to your home’s WiFi router to distribute live and recorded TV to multiple internet-connected devices like Smart TVs, streaming boxes and sticks, smartphones, tablets, and computers.

Tablo DUAL HDMI and Tablo QUAD HDMI are identical aside from the two additional tuners in the QUAD which give you the flexibility to record or watch up to four programs at once instead of just two.

While TV-connected Tablo DVRs are designed for cord cutters who primarily watch programming on a single television, Tablo QUAD HDMI does enable streaming to a limited selection of internet-connected devices within the home with an active TV Guide Data Service subscription. 

Depending on the quality of your home network, Tablo QUAD HDMI can stream to up to four compatible Smart TVs or streaming set-top-boxes at the same time.

It is not compatible with existing Tablo apps for computers, smartphones, tablets, Apple TV, or select Smart TVs. 

Tablo QUAD HDMI OTA DVRs have no onboard storage. To record programs or watch more than one live channel at a time, you must connect a portable USB hard drive (USB 2.0 or 3.0) between 1TB and 8TB in size. For details and recommendations, visit the Setup & Networking page.

Yes. But to enjoy the full Tablo experience, a subscription to our optional TV Guide Data Service is recommended. Without a Tablo subscription, you can still watch live TV and set manual recordings by date/time/channel but series recordings, cover art, and other advanced features including streaming to secondary televisions are only available with active subscriptions. Read more about using Tablo without a subscription on the Tablo Guide Data Service page.

Yes! Tablo QUAD HDMI supports passthrough of 5.1 Surround Sound as well as PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) digital audio.

Yes! Tablo QUAD HDMI supports closed captioning. For details about Tablo's closed captioning support visit the Tablo blog.

No. Legal and technical reasons prevent Tablo from recording content from sources other than an Over-The-Air 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).

Yes. You DO need internet access to use Tablo QUAD HDMI DVR. The device requires internet connectivity for setup, to download TV Guide Data, to perform overnight maintenance, and for periodic firmware updates. However, Tablo QUAD HDMI can still play back live TV and recordings during internet outages or in locations where internet access is limited. You can read more about internet requirements on the Tablo blog