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Tablo 4-Tuner Digital Video Recorder [DVR] for Over-The-Air [OTA] HDTV with Wi-Fi for LIVE TV Streaming
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- Watch, Record, Pause, and Stream Free Broadcast HDTV Channels: CBS, ABC, NBC, and many more
- Four Tuners allow you to record and watch four different programs on up to (6) devices in your home
- Discover new shows, schedule and manage recordings and skip commercials using the content-rich interface of the Tablo Apps for iPad, Android & Kindle Tablets, Smartphones, Chrome, Roku, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV
- With TabloConnect Subscription you can stream your hometown news and sports when traveling
- NO HDMI with Tablo's Wi-Fi wireless broadcast of content to Tablets, Laptops, FireTV, AppleTV, Roku, Android TV, Chromecast, iPhones, Galaxy Smartphones, NVIDIA Shield, and more
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Tablo OTA DVR
Discover the world of free HDTV
Tablo is a next-generation DVR that works with your HDTV antenna to discover, record and stream free TV broadcast programs including local news and sports. Unlike traditional DVRs that are tethered to a single TV with an HDMI cable, Tablo does not feature an HDMI connection.
Tablo is a Whole-Home DVR
Tablo is a whole-home-DVR that connects to your local network (instead of your TV) to stream live and recorded HDTV content over WiFi or Ethernet to all the connected devices inside your home or anywhere you have high-speed internet.
WiFi is included in all Tablo DVRs
Tablo DVRs include dual band WiFi, enabling the DVR and the antenna to be placed in an optimal location for OTA reception. With Tablo, you can discover, record and stream up to four simultaneous live or recorded HDTV programs on your iPad, Android tablet, laptop, or smartphone or your big screen TV through HDMI devices like Roku, Chromecast, AppleTV, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV.
To use the Tablo DVR, you'll need:
- An ATSC HDTV antenna
- A USB hard drive is required watching live TV and recording programs.
- An internet connection
- An iPad running Apple iOS7+ OR an Android tablet running Android 4.1 OR a computer
- An HDMI device like: Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Roku or AppleTV to watch content on your big screen TV
Is Over-The-Air (OTA) HDTV right for you?
HDTV is available for free, Over-The-Air (OTA)
Most North Americans living in or near major urban centers are within range (<60 miles) of local TV broadcast towers, which means they have access to Free HDTV using a simple ATSC antenna plugged into their TV.
Know before you buy: Do you get free, Over-The-Air HDTV?
People in rural areas, mountainous regions or areas with uneven terrain may not receive many channels using an antenna, if any. Before purchasing any product that relies on OTA broadcast signals, make sure you can receive the programming you want by either plugging an antenna into your TV or checking out the TV Signal Locator tool at our official site for more info.
Cut the cord. Enjoy free HDTV.
Tablo DVR lets you watch, record and stream your favorite local TV content from your HDTV antenna live and in high definition, without the cost or commitment of cable or satellite contracts.
Experience better quality HD video that won't tie up your bandwidth
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.
Tablo DVR: The ultimate cord cutting solution
Tablo DVR: A better way to watch free HDTV
Tablo's intuitive touch screen tablet app interface with gorgeous artwork and program details lets you discover your favorite broadcast shows and sports by genre, channel or time*; all in crystal clear high definition.
*Series info, poster art and advanced features require an optional subscription to program guide data. Without subscription, Tablo features a traditional 24 hr grid guide and manual recording capabilities. All new Tablo units include a free 30-day trial of the Program Guide Data Subscription. Refurbished and used units may have been activated more than 30 days ago and you will need to contact Tablo support directly to re-start your 30-day trial.
Enjoy Tablo on your Big Screen TV
Tablo Apps on your favorite streaming media devices let you choose the HDMI set-top-box or streaming stick that best meets your content choices and home entertainment needs. One Tablo OTA DVR can stream live and recorded HDTV content to all the connected HDMI devices you already have in your home.
How Tablo DVR works
HDTV signals are broadcast from large towers and sent out over the air by your local TV stations. With an HDTV antenna, you can capture these signals for free. By plugging your antenna into Tablo DVR, you can record your favorite programs on an external USB hard drive. Tablo streams these live and recorded HDTV programs to your connected devices via your home WiFi network, including your big screen TV using Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, AppleTV, Roku or Chromecast.
Tablo complements Sling TV & NetFlix content w/ Live OTA TV
Tablo captures live, local HDTV broadcast programs you can't get through Over The Top (OTT) internet content providers like Sling TV, Hulu and Netflix using an HDTV antenna. Catch up on hometown news and sports and watch your favorite network shows live without having to wait until the next day and without the pricey cable bill.
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Tablo is a 4-Tuner Over-The-Air (OTA) DVR for Cord-Cutters using HDTV antennas to access broadcast TV signals. All Tablo units include dual band Wi-Fi enabling Tablo and the antenna to be placed in an optimal location for OTA reception. Browse, record and stream up to four simultaneous live or recorded HDTV programs on your iPad, Android tablet, laptop, smartphone, or your big screen TV using Roku, Chrome cast or Apple TV. A Whole-Home-DVR and place shifter combined, Tablo streams your favorite HDTV programs including local news and sports to all connected devices on your home network or anywhere you have internet.
Top customer reviews
I believe that Tablo has the best feature set. The major disadvantage of HDHomerun is that it is not a self-contained system. There is no recording ability built-in. You need to dedicate a computer to it just for recording. Then, in order to watch the recordings on anything but that computer, you have to figure out how to get the data to your TV. This might require transcoding the video so it's usable on another device like a Roku. Transcoding is either another manual step or requires setting up jobs on a server. Too much hassle even for me, and I'm a computer/gadget geek.
Reading about the Channelmaster DVR+, I could not see how to watch the recordings on another TV or tablet, at least not easily. It looks like a promising device except for that. I could be wrong but for the price it should include streaming to other devices.
SimpleTV is getting very mixed reviews, to put it mildly. I decided to skip it. Tivo's guide pricing turned me off of their system--$15 a month for a guide???? If their pricing was more reasonable I would have gone that way.
When Tablo was announced I was very interested. Self-contained system for recording, watching TV or recordings on PC's, MAcs, Roku, iPad, and Android tablets. Ability to watch on basically any device in your home, or even over the internet from a remote location.
While Tablo does charge a fee for their guide service, it's optional. The system is still functional without it. You can set up manual recordings using time and channel number, just like the old VCR days. I subscribed to the service, I think it's worth the fee they charge but again, it's optional.
I've been using the Tablo for a week now. The system is tucked into a spare room and hard-wired with an ethernet cable into my wifi router. I think that's an important factor for best performance. The more wifi connections in use, the slower they will be which can result in dropouts when viewing the streams. The main TV connects to the Tablo with a Roku 3 which connects to the nework with 5ghz 802.11n connection. No dropouts when watching Tablo or Netflix. Beautiful picture on my recordings, at least equal to my old Comcast DVR setup.
The ability to watch live or recorded TV anywhere in the house on any device is very cool. My wife has an iPad and I have an Android tablet and both work great. We are saving a fair amount of money over our old Comcast setup, about $85 a month even after you factor in the $5 a month guide service (it's cheaper by the year) and $8 a month for Netflix.
I'm now a cord-cutter and I'm happy to say the Tablo is everything I hoped for. It makes watching recordings anywhere in the house simple, and does not require a dedicated PC for transcoding and serving up streams. I have not had any problems with my Tablo rebooting or freezing or anything like that. I think having it hard-wired to the network is a big part of that.
UPDATE: 10/22/2014 I've been using the Tablo for a month now. I'm still completely happy with it. I haven't had any problems at all after getting it set up. I did have a problem with the initial setup not working with the web app, so I completed it using the Android app which worked fine.
It's very early days for Tablo still, and some people have reported some issues, such as failed recordings. I have not seen this. The most likely reasons are too many signal dropouts from the antenna, or a hard drive issue. Some folks are not happy with the Roku app. It's in a very early stage of development. Tablo has promised improvements and I think they will deliver but even as is the app is functional.
The Tablo should be thought of as a network device, not so much an accessory for your TV. For best results it should be hard-wired to your router and have a solid antenna signal. You will then need a Roku 3 or equivalent to stream it to your TV. This works fantastically well in my setup. The Roku Stick is known to have weak wifi reception and may not work well.
If you're looking for a straight DVR to connect directly to your TV like a traditional setup, you might be better off looking at the Channel Master DVR+ or Tivo Roamio OTA. Neither of those devices will match the flexibility of the Tablo out of the box though--The Tivo needs additional hardware to enable streaming, and the DVR+ can't stream at all, as I understand it. You gain a lot of flexibility if you let go of the 1980's VCR paradigm and embrace network devices like this.
Update 1/5/2015: Still love the Tablo. Tablo just announced a preview of the new Roku channel at CES, can't wait! OK, here's the key to success, I'll repeat it again. Many of the bad reviews talk about wifi problems with the Tablo. Don't use wifi--Connect it directly to your router with an ethernet cable. Using wifi for the Tablo itself doubles your chances of having buffering/lost connections. I never have issues with buffering on any of my devices. FWIW: My setup is 5 GHz 802.11N. You mileage may vary if you use 2.4 GHz or G band wifi. Make sure you have enough wifi speed for streaming HD video. If you can't already stream HD video, you won't be able to stream Tablo either. It might be worth upgrading to an 802.11AC router, if you have a laptop or tablet that supports 802.11AC.
Update 12/11/2015: ROKU updates have caused some issues. When fast forwarding thru commercials the Roku app can freeze occasionally requiring a reboot of the Roku. When this happens the Tablo is still working fine, I can connect to it with a tablet or PC and watch recordings. More frequently Roku would paused streaming and display "Loading, please wait" for 10 seconds. So following advice of others on the Tablo community forum, I purchased a Google Nexus Player on sale for $49. It works far better than the Roku for accessing the Tablo. Fast forwarding works incredibly well and starts up instantly. I still have a Roku in my bedroom so I'm hoping the Roku issue gets fixed. At this point it is uncertain whether the problem lies with Roku or Tablo. So, it you are considering getting the Tablo, at this point the Roku may not be the recommended streaming receiver. Make no mistake I still love the Tablo, just annoyed with the Roku issues. Right now the Nexus Player is working great in it's place.
Update 12/17/2015--ROKU issue fixed. ROKU issued an emergency software update that was supposed to fix lockups in one of their apps. Well, guess what, it also fixed the lockups in the Tablo app. So the problem was on the Roku side as many of us have suspected. I have gone back to using Roku 3 instead of the Nexus player and it's working great again. So thanks to Roku for fixing this issue but no thanks to them for breaking it in the first place.
Final Update 3/16/2017--This is my final update to this review; nothing has changed since the last update. Still using my Tablo every day and still love it. I still just have the 1TB WD portable drive mentioned in the comments below (I don't keep recordings after viewing them). So I've had this device almost 2.5 years and use it nearly every day. I record a lot of old movies, especially Sci-Fi from the Comet network. I will never go back to paying for cable TV. I also got rid of my Sling TV subscription. Anything I can't find OTA I stream from Amazon or Netflix.
Even better than expected this used an external drive, had multiple tuners, and no need to tether it to just a single TV if you have 3 or 4 or 5 TVs in the house. I read all I could and decided with Amazon's return policies I couldn't lose.
Thanks Amazon but I won't be needing your return policy.
The really good:
This device is LIGHT,
small, low power requirements (it uses a small external transformer or power supply, proving how little power it really consumes. One could call it going green AND cutting the cord to those crazy cable fees.),
For location or placement of your Tablo that is limited only by where your existing antenna needs to sit, where your roof antenna cable terminates or where you have room for a new antenna. (by the way, *free TV has never gone away*, it's always been there, free over the airwaves regardless of what the cable and satellite companies would love you to believe. It's not because of any mandate or law like the makers of that antenna sold on TV commercials try to convince you, it just never went away, only converted from analog to digital. Those roof antennas aren't just for show.)
Mine sits on a small shelf on the bottom of an end table in the front room. Antenna cable, short USB cable to slim drive for the recordings, Ethernet to my Netgear 2200D router, power supply.
The connection to the TV is over Wi-Fi using a Chromecast device plugged into one of the 3 HDMI ports on my TV. (I could watch on other TVs by buying other devices such as more Chromecast, or move this one to a different TV. The Tablo can stay put, no need to even look at it.)
It's also Wi-Fi equipped (more on that later)
Their support is quite good, responsive and cares.
They listen to suggestions and requests and are willing to look at customer input or ideas.
They keep adding features where and when possible.
It can broadcast live TV and/or recorded shows to multiple devices (depends on number of tuners and other things)
Here is the "more on that later" part - Wi-Fi. It can utilize Wi-Fi to connect with "control devices" which mean a tablet, Android phone, PC, iPad, etc. and to the receiving device - Chromecast, Rokue and other things - the list keeps growing.
HOWEVER, Wi-Fi success depends on YOUR network, your home layout, walls, etc. Wi-Fi is fine for convenience and data but isn't always the best thing for streaming media like TV shows at a decent resolution. There are a lot of "what-ifs" involved there. I strongly suggest using the Ethernet port the Tablo is equipped with and wiring it to the core of your network - your router or a good switch next to your router in your network configuration. This way your Wi-Fi is used only to get from router to streaming device.
In full Wi-Fi mode the program has to traverse Wi-Fi from Tablo to router, then from router over Wi-Fi to the control device (iPad, phone, computer and from there to Chromecast, etc.
If you wire the Tablo to your network, the Wi-Fi is used for only the last parts and it's much faster/better.
That's not the fault of Tablo or the device, that's just networking 101, Wi-Fi as it is.
There's a bit of a learning curve - setup is SIMPLE and fast. You can record without reading a thing, but playback can require some thought or reading because you aren't popping in a disk and hitting the play arrow. But on the other hand, it's mostly intuitive and is well supported by Tablo and by a growing community of Tablo fans who know these things inside and out. As General Zod said "you are not alone" - if you buy a Tablo there's a wealth of information and support out there.
Oh, on the topic of monthly fees - there is one but only if you want to pay. It's for their guide. It's CHEAP, and it's wonderful and I absolutely DO recommend it. Click to record. Otherwise you can skip the fee and manually program shows to record like we used to do before DVRs (for any of you old enough to remember VCRs or DVD recorders)
If it's this great and still so young, it can only get better and smoother with age.
Buy a Tablo right here on Amazon. You can't lose with their return policy.
Buy directly from the Tablo web site - they also have a good return policy.
They will also strive to be sure you are happy with it.
If you have questions, shoot Tablo a message or ask on their online community.
It's hard to go wrong!
In the photo - 3 wires. White is antenna, yellow is Ethernet to my router, thin black is to the power supply in the outlet.
The thin small silver device is a 2T drive to store the recordings on. That's hundreds of hours of TV.