Tablo DVRs &
How They Work


How Tablo OTA DVR Works

Tablo is a next-generation DVR that plugs into a digital TV antenna to capture free, local HDTV broadcast programs including news and sports within the US and Canada.

Unlike traditional DVRs that are connected to one TV, Tablo does not feature an HDMI connection. Tablo is a network-connected DVR that uses WiFi or Ethernet to stream content to Tablo apps on connected devices inside your home or anywhere you have internet.

 

What You Need to Use Tablo 

To set up your Tablo OTA DVR you need:

  • An Over-the-Air HDTV antenna
  • An internet connection
  • USB hard drive - Required for watching live TV and recording 
  • A WiFi-enabled computer (Chrome/Safari browser) OR a mobile device (iPad/iPhone w/iOS12+ OR Android smartphone/tablet w/Android 4.4+)

 

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To watch Tablo OTA DVR content on your big screen, you'll need:

  • A Smart TV powered by: Roku, Amazon Fire TV, or Android TV, or select LG WebOS or Samsung TIZEN operating systems;  OR
  • A Set-Top-Box/Streaming Media Device: Roku, or Amazon Fire TV, or AppleTV, or Nvidia SHIELD, or Xiaomi MiBox;  OR
  • A Streaming Stick: Roku Stick, or Amazon Fire TV Stick, or a Chromecast dongle (casting from an Android device or Chrome browser);  OR
  • A Gaming System: NVIDIA SHIELD, or XBox One;  OR
  • An HDMI-enabled computer: Tablo web app in Chrome/Safari

All Your Favorite Shows, One Remote

Tablo OTA DVRs make it easy cord cutters to watch and record live, local HDTV broadcast programs on the device they already use to enjoy Netflix and other streaming TV apps.

By adding the Tablo app to your favorite streaming device, you can catch up on hometown news and sports and watch your favorite network shows as they air, without having to switch inputs on the TV or pick up a different remote.  

 

Watch Live and Recorded Broadcast TV on Any Screen

Tablo OTA DVRs connect to your home's internet router instead of a single TV via HDMI, so one Tablo OTA DVR lets you watch live and recorded television on any device in your home.

Check out our full list of Tablo OTA DVR apps and compatible devices

 

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Automatically Skip Commercials

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With Tablo OTA DVRs you can enjoy recordings of your favorite TV series without commercial interruptions.

Once enabled in the Tablo's settings screen, the Automatic Commercial Skip feature will identify and skip past commercial blocks within most completed recordings.

No fast-forwarding required!

Enjoy Live or Recorded TV Anywhere

A Whole-Home DVR, Tablo lets you stream live and recorded OTA HDTV content to as many as 6 devices on your local network at the same time.

Or if you're on the go, you can stream your local TV shows anywhere in the world over WiFi or 3/4G wireless connections using Tablo Connect.

Beautiful HD Picture Quality

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Cable operators compress their TV signals to conserve bandwidth in order to deliver multiple services (phone, TV and internet) over a single connection. Over-the-Air (OTA) HDTV signals received through antennas are uncompressed, delivering an incredibly crisp HD picture, far superior to what you've been getting from your cable provider.

Best of all, because content is being delivered via your Over-the-Air antenna instead of an internet connection, you can watch as much TV as you you want at home without impacting your internet datacap.

Tablo FAQs

Tablo is a DVR for cord cutters using TV antennas to access local Over-the-Air broadcast TV programs.

With Tablo you can discover, record and stream that great free TV content on any device, anytime, anywhere in the world.

This video provides an overview of Tablo DVRs.

Tablo DVRs connect to your Over-The-Air (OTA) TV antenna to collect live, local broadcast TV.

Tablo then connects to your home's internet router, either through WiFi or Ethernet, so you can then browse, record and stream that free broadcast TV content via apps on a variety of devices including smartphones, tablets, streaming set-top-boxes, gaming consoles, Smart TVs, and computers.

No, Tablo OTA DVRs do not have an HDMI connection. Instead, Tablo streams live TV and recordings over your home network to HDMI-enabled devices connected to your TV including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast (casting from Android devices or PCs with the Chromecast extension). You can also use the Tablo web app with an HDMI-enabled computer connected to your TV, or directly on Smart TVs powered by Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, and most Samsung TIZEN and LG WebOS operating systems.

To find out if your device is supported, head to the Apps & Compatible devices page.

When you buy Tablo OTA DVR we include the Tablo DVR, a power adapter, a 3-foot Ethernet cable and a Quick Start Guide. Every Tablo OTA DVR comes with a free 30-day trial of the Tablo Guide Data Service, Tablo Premium Service, and Tablo Cloud DVR service (if applicable) so you can try out some of the cooler features Tablo has to offer.

Tablo apps are available as free downloads. You can find information and links to all Tablo apps on our Apps page.

To set up your Tablo OTA DVR you need:

  • An Over-the-Air HDTV antenna
  • An internet connection
  • A USB hard drive - this is required both for watching live TV and recording
  • A WiFi-enabled computer (Chrome/Safari browser) OR a mobile device (iPad/iPhone w/iOS12+ OR Android smartphone/tablet w/Android 4.4+)

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

  • A Smart TV powered by: Roku, or Amazon Fire TV, or Android TV, or most Samsung TIZEN, or most LG WebOS operating systems; OR
  • A Set-Top-Box/Streaming Media Device: Roku, or Amazon Fire TV, or AppleTV, or Nvidia SHIELD, or Xiaomi MiBox; OR
  • A Streaming Stick: Roku Stick, or Amazon Fire TV Stick, or a Chromecast dongle (casting from an Android device or Chrome browser); OR
  • A Gaming System: Nvidia SHIELD, or XBox One; OR
  • An HDMI-enabled computer: Tablo web app in Chrome/Safari

Tablo OTA DVR enables you to discover, record and stream live HDTV programming from antennas on a wide range of mobile devices, streaming media players, Smart TVs, gaming systems and computers.

For the latest list of compatible devices, visit our Apps & Compatible Devices page.

For a small monthly fee, our TV Guide Data Service subscription provides the beautiful cover art, episode and series synopses and metadata that makes it easy for 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. Learn more and get pricing on our Tablo TV Guide Service subscription page.

All Tablo OTA DVRs come with a free 30-Day trial of Tablo's Premium Service subscription.

Once enabled in a supported Tablo app's settings screen, Tablo Premium Service makes it possible for your Tablo OTA DVR to play the majority of completed recordings without ads on our most popular apps.

After the first 30 days, you can choose to subscribe and continue enjoying Automatic Commercial Skip with Premium Service on all eligible recordings.

Learn more and get pricing on our Tablo Premium Service subscription page.

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).

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

In general, those in major urban centers in Canada and the United States can expect to receive many free HDTV channels Over-the-Air including most major networks. The quality of your OTA TV reception is based on your proximity to local broadcast towers, the type of antenna you're using, and its location (indoor, outdoor, height off the ground, direction).

Consult our Antennas and OTA reception page for more information and to find out what channels are available in your area.

Tablo products are currently available to residents of the United States (including Alaska & Hawaii) and Canada. You can buy Tablo direct from www.tablotv.com or through our trusted Retail Partners.

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