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!
(Click here for power-user tips for the remote of TV-Connected Tablo DVRs.)
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 from a network-connected Tablo DVR 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.
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 (or the +Add New button) in the Scheduled screen.
Manual Recordings can be set for a specific date, time and channel via all Tablo apps. You can also set recurring manual recordings if need be.
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 OK
Fast Forward Through Menus - Breeze through multiple seasons of recordings or any other menu with the FFWD button
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.
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 or Automatic Commercial Skip
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
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 thumbnails are only available on completed recordings.
Thumbnails require a free tuner to be processed and takes approximately 4 minutes per 1 hour show.
Missing fast forward 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.
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:
Check out the Tablo blog for a full overview of closed captioning and instructions on how to enable this service on supported apps.