Tablo How-Tos

Helpful Hints, How-Tos and More

We've made it's easy to watch and record Over-the-Air TV with Tablo. But here are some tips, tricks and how-tos that average folks and power-users will find useful!

Watching Live TV on the Small Screen

Most folks do their TV viewing on the big screen, but if you're on-the-go you might want to check in on the game or the news using your smartphone.

Because of the small screen size, launching a live TV stream is a bit diffrerent using the Tablo app on a smartphone. 

To do so, select the channel ID instead of the Program ID from the Live TV grid guide.

On all other Tablo apps, this will also launch a continuous live stream of that channel, instead of a single program airing.

Setting a Manual Recording

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If you choose to use Tablo without a Tablo TV guide subscription, or just want to more granular recording options, you'll want to create a Manual Recording.

To get started select the plus sign in the top right hand corner of the Scheduled screen.

Manual Recordings can be set for a specific date, time and channel via mobile, web and Android TV apps. You can also set recurring manual recordings if need be.

Make sure to name your manual recording something specific, so you can find it in your recordings screen when you're ready to watch it.

Tablo Roku Channel Tips & Tricks

While the interface of the Tablo Roku channel is very intuitive, here are some tips and tricks that Tablo power-users employ for navigating the Tablo channel on Roku:

  • Just Press Play - Skip program detail screens in the Live TV or Recordings screens and get right to your show by hitting PLAY instead of Enter

  • Fast Forward Through Menus - Breeze through multiple seasons of recordings or any other menu with the FFWD button

  • Enable Closed Captioning - Hit the star button to enable or disable closed captions

See all of the Tablo on Roku tips and tricks on the Tablo blog.

Tablo Amazon Fire TV Tips & Tricks

While the interface of the Tablo Amazon Fire TV app is very intuitive, here are some tips and tricks that Tablo power-users employ for navigating the Tablo app on Amazon Fire TV:

  • Just Press Play - Skip program detail screens in the Live TV or Recordings screens and get right to your show by hitting PLAY instead of Enter

  • Fast Forward Through Seasons - Move quickly through a list of multiple seasons of recordings of a single show using the ‘FFWD’ and ‘REW’ buttons

  • Enable Closed Captioning - Hit the enter button during playback to enable or disable closed captions

See all of the Tablo on Amazon Fire TV tips and tricks on the Tablo blog.

Tablo Apple TV App Tips & Tricks

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Apple TV's remote and interface are fairly intuitive, but there are a few tips and tricks that Tablo power-users employ for navigating the Tablo app on Apple TV:

  • Just Press Play - Skip program detail screens in the Live TV or Recordings screens and get right to your show by hitting play instead of enter

  • Swipe Down - To see program info and enable/disable closed captioning

  • Swipe Across - Pause and then swipe through the timeline to find a particular segment

  • Tap vs. Hold - Tap the remote for a 10 second skip, press and hold to move faster 

  • Ask Siri - Hit the microphone button and ask Siri to 'skip ahead two minutes' to jump through a commercial break

Visit the Tablo Apple TV page to learn more about the Tablo app for Apple TV.

Fast Forward Previews

Most Tablo apps will offer fast forward preview thumbnails on recordings so you can easily skip commercials or find a particular segment of a show.

  • Fast forward preview thumnails are only available on completed recordings.

  • Thumnails require a free tuner to be processed and takes approximately 4 minutes per 1 hour show.

  • Missing fast foward preview thumbnails? Live TV and in-progress recordings are unable to offer this option. Completed recordings missing thumbnails may have video errors preventing their creation. 

Learn more about how Fast Forward Previews work and which apps support them on the Tablo blog.

Closed Captioning

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For those who want or need closed captioning text, most Tablo apps offer closed captioning on both live TV and recordings.

Closed captioning is available on:

  • iOS smartphones and tablets
  • Android smartphones and tablets
  • Roku
  • Android TV (Except via Tablo ENGINE app)
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Apple TV
  • Tablo's web app at my.tablotv.com

Check out the Tablo blog for a full overview of closed captioning and instructions on how to enable this service on supported apps.

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