Tablo QUAD

The Tablo QUAD Over-The-Air (OTA) DVR is designed for cord cutters with larger households or channel lineups, who wish to record and stream up to four free broadcast channels from their HDTV antenna simultaneously.

Tablo QUAD also provides the flexibility to choose the recording storage option that works best for you.

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The Tablo QUAD OTA DVR for cord cutters features:

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

Watch your favorite live and recorded TV shows on to up to six internet-connected devices inside and outside your home.

Bring your own storage: Connect an external USB hard drive OR internal SATA drive (up to 8TB) to your Tablo to record up to 4000 hours of full quality HDTV.

Tablo network-connected DVRs enable passthrough of 5.1 surround sound, when available, to compatible devices which can decode this audio format.

How It Works

Unlike traditional DVRs that are tethered to a single TV with an HDMI cable, network-connected Tablo DVRs do not feature an HDMI connection.

Instead, these Tablo models are a whole-home DVR and placeshifter combined that uses WiFi or Ethernet to stream live and recorded HDTV content to Tablo apps on all the connected devices inside your home or anywhere you have high-speed internet.

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What You Need

To set up your Tablo QUAD OTA DVR you need:

  • An Over-the-Air HDTV antenna
  • An internet connection
  • USB or SATA hard drive - this is required both for watching live TV and recording
  • A Roku OR Amazon Fire TV OR Android TV OR Apple TV OR a WiFi-enabled computer (Windows 10 app on PC, Safari browser on MAC) OR a mobile device (iPad/iPhone w/iOS12+ OR Android smartphone/tablet w/Android 4.4+)


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To watch Tablo content on your big screen, you'll need one of these:

  • A Smart TV powered by: Roku, Amazon Fire TV, or Android TV;  OR
  • A Set-Top-Box/Streaming Media Device: Roku, or Amazon Fire TV, or AppleTV, or Nvidia SHIELD;  OR
  • A Streaming Stick: Roku Stick, or Amazon Fire TV Stick, or Chromecast with Google TV;  OR
  • An HDMI-enabled computer: Tablo Windows 10 app on PC, Safari browser on MAC


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Tablo QUAD OTA DVRs include a free 30-day trial of our Tablo TV Guide Data Subscription.

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 TV 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 through our various apps.

A subscription also enables some of Tablo's cooler features like Tablo Connect for out-of-home streaming.

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

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

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What's Included:
Power Supply
4' Ethernet Cable
Quick Start Guide

Concurrent Streams:
Watch and record up to four shows at once
Stream to up to six devices at once

No onboard storage
Support for up to 8TB USB hard drive
Up to 8TB internal 2.5" SATA drive
(7mm or 9.5mm heights)

Gigabit Ethernet
USB 2.0
Serial ATA II (3Gbps)

8 GB Flash

Gigabit Ethernet
802.11ac dual band WiFi with MIMO

Height - 39mm (1.54")
Width - 174mm (6.85")
Depth - 116 mm (4.57")

408 g (14.4 oz)

Video Format:
H.264 (HLS: HTTP Live Streaming)

Audio Format:
Enables pass-through of 5.1 Surround Sound when available


When you buy Tablo OTA DVR we include the Tablo DVR, a power adapter, an ethernet cable, and a Quick Start Guide. Every Tablo OTA DVR comes with a free 30-day trial of the Tablo Guide Data Service so you can try out some of the cooler features Tablo has to offer. Tablo apps are available as free downloads and you can find information and links to all of them on our Tablo Apps & Compatible Devices page.

No, network-connected Tablo OTA DVRs do not have an HDMI connection. Instead, this type of Tablo DVR streams live TV and recordings over your home network to multiple compatible internet-connected devices like Smart TVs, streaming boxes and sticks, smartphones, tablets, and computers.

If you prefer a traditional HDMI-connected DVR setup, check out our TV-connected Tablo DVRs like the Tablo DUAL HDMI and Tablo QUAD HDMI.

The main difference between the Tablo QUAD DVR and Tablo QUAD 1TB DVR is that the QUAD 1TB includes up to 700 hours of recording storage space thanks to its pre-installed and pre-formatted 1TB SATA drive. 

Not sure which Tablo model is right for you? Check out this blog post.

The main difference is the number of tuners. Three main actions require the use of a tuner: watching live TV, recording a program, and watching a recorded program remotely via Tablo Connect. The more tuners you have, the more flexibility you have. You can read more about tuners and their functions on the Tablo blog

Not sure which Tablo model is right for you? Check out this blog post.

Tablo QUAD OTA DVRs have no onboard storage. In order to record programs or stream more than one live channel at a time, you must connect a portable USB hard drive (USB 2.0 or 3.0) between 1 TB and 8 TB in size or install a 2.5" internal SATA drive (7mm or 9.5mm heights).

For details and recommendations, visit the Setup & Networking page

Yes. 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 and set manual recordings by date/time/channel but one-touch and series recordings, cover art, and advanced features are only available with active subscriptions.

Read more about using Tablo without a subscription on the Tablo blog.

Yes! All Tablo OTA DVRs support passthrough of 5.1 Surround Sound. To learn more about this, visit the Tablo blog

Yes! Tablo supports closed captioning on the majority of its platforms including iOS smartphones and tablets, Android smartphones and tablets, Roku, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and the web app at You can read more about Tablo's closed captioning support on the Tablo blog

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).

Yes. You DO need internet access to use Tablo Over-the-Air DVRs. Like many modern gadgets, Tablo is a network-connected device, designed to have consistent high-speed internet access and will not function optimally without it.

You can read more about this on the Tablo blog