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Tablo SPVR4-01-NA 4 Tuner DVR for HDTV Antennas

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Tablo is a 4-Tuner, over-the-air (OTA) DVR for Cord-Cutters using HDTV antennas to have access to broadcast TV signals. Browse, record and stream up to four simultaneous live or recorded HDTV programs on any device, anytime, anywhere in the world.

A whole-home-DVR and placeshifter combined, Tablo streams HDTV to all connected devices on your home network or anywhere you have Internet.

One touch of Tablo's interface on your tablet and you'll never settle for a remote control again. It's visually rich and colorful, intuitively organized and easy to browse by genre, channel and time.

Tablo DVR. Unleash your HDTV.


Tablo is a next-generation DVR that plugs into your HDTV 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 connects to your local network to stream live and recorded HDTV content to any connected device inside your home or anywhere you have Internet.

HDTV is Available for Free, Over-the-Air

Most North Americans living in or near major urban centers are within range of local TV broadcast towers, which means they have access to Free HDTV using a simple ATSC antenna plugged into their TV.


Tablo - HDTV on the Go

Take your favorite local broadcast TV shows and sports with you. Tablo combines the convenience of a DVR with the mobility of your tablet, smartphone, and laptop to let you enjoy Free HDTV anytime, anywhere on any device.


Cut the cord. Enjoy free HDTV.

Save over $2,000 in two years by cutting the cord. Tablo 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.

A Better Way to Watch Free HDTV

Tablo's intuitive touch interface with gorgeous artwork and program details lets you view your favorite broadcast shows and sports by genre, channel or time - all in crystal clear high definition.


How Tablo Works

Beautiful HDTV programming is 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 favourite 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 AppleTV, Roku or Chromecast.


Watch Broadcast TV on Any Device

Tablo lets you watch live and recorded television on any device in your home.


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 Redefines the remote control

One touch of the Tablo interface on your iPad or Android Tablet and you'll never settle for a traditional remote control again. It's visually rich and colorful, intuitively organized and easy to use.


The ultimate cord cutting solution

Tablo captures delivers live, local HDTV broadcast programs you can't get through Over The Top (OTT) Internet content providers like 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.


Tablo Features


Tablo DVR Features

  • Watch, pause and record live TV
  • Skip commercials
  • Schedule recordings
  • Manage existing recordings
  • Record up to 4 shows simultaneously
  • Watch on up to 6 devices simultaneously
  • Watch on PC/Mac or iPhone/Android smartphone via browser
  • Stream live AND recorded shows anywhere in the world
  • Streaming to TV via AppleTV/Roku/Chromecast
  • iPad & Android tablet app interface


Tablo DVR Hardware Features

  • 4 OTA ATSC tuners
  • Wi-Fi included: 802.11n dual band 2.4 and 5GHz with MIMO
  • 2 USB ports for flexible USB HD storage
  • No remote — controlled by tablet, web-based or Roku app

Tablo Electronic Program Guide (EPG) Subscription Features

  • 14 days of guide data
  • Rich cover art
  • Series and episode synopses
  • Schedule recordings by time, episode or series
  • Schedule full series recordings

Please note – Tablo requires an HDTV antenna and a USB Hard Drive to work. USB Hard Drives must be USB version 2 or 3 and have a storage capacity of 2 Terabytes or less. Tablo does not currently support USB Flash storage or Networked (NAS) storage.

To use Tablo you need the following things:

  • An HDTV antenna
  • An iPad running Apple iOS7+ OR an Android tablet with a 7"+ screen running Android 4.1 OR a computer
  • An Internet connection
  • A USB hard drive (Max 2TB capacity) this is required both for watching live TV and recording programming If you'd like to watch programming on your big screen TV, you'll also need an AppleTV (which uses AirPlay from an iPad), Roku or a Chromecast dongle. You can also use the web-based app with an HDMI-enabled computer connected to your TV.


Physical Box Contents

  • Tablo Digital Video Recorder
  • AC adapter (100 ~ 120V, 50 - 60Hz)
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Quick Start Guide

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Mark E.
  • 5/12/2016 7:30:15 PM

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent OTA option - Insightful features and business model - Have one ourselves and for Parents

Pros: Pretty good basic concept by a small company nimble enough to modify their initial design after market opportunities changed. Originally Tablo was designed to record OTA video to be served later to tablets and smart phones locally or over the "internets", but many early users also ended up viewing Tablo video on their TV's thru Chromecast, Roku and other devices. The company expanded it's features to support this new use model. By leaving the digital to video conversion stage to larger electronics company's devices it frees Tablo from the burden of keeping up with every new video output upgrade (4k ..etc) providing some future-proofing letting them concentrate on their niche - a good DVR/Tivo like OTA interface and remotely serving your recorded OTA media anywhere to tablets and phones with internet access.

I use an Nvidia Shield as the video device served by Tablo, viewed on our 4k LCD TV. This works great in our Seattle OTA market with a rooftop antenna. The interface is user friendly enough that I bought one for my 84 year old engineer father with modest TV viewing habits. He likes it and the cost savings sans a cable subscription. His Tablo sends video streams to an (Forest in Brazil) FireTV hooked their TV.

Some users can transfer/convert the non-encrypted Tablo video files into MP4 ..etc, very nice. I wish it used a faster HD interface than USB2, but Tablo designers say USB2 is fully capable of maintaining the required transfer speed off the drive (EXT4 format).

IMHO compared to Tivo or TWC the cost of the Tablo guide service is very reasonable: $5 month, $50 year, or $150 lifetime. Unlike Tivo the lifetime option is NOT tied to your specific device, instead it's your user account with Tablo. You can upgrade to new hardware or have more than one box and your lifetime subscription is still valid. My brother bought Tivo subscriptions years ago and is upset at having to repurchase subscriptions in full again when he upgrades the hardware, or it breaks out of warrantee. Also the Tablo can still be used without any guide subscription if you want. Try that with a Tivo or a TWC box.

Cons: OK Tablo is a small Canadian company, they can't support every new interface idea users suggest, but they do seem responsive. If they go out of business the guide might go away, but Tivo just got purchased by a leveraged smucky big company that may not be supportive of current Tivo owners either. And at least with Tablo it will still work without the guide subscription, while the Tivo does not (as of this writing).

In the future it would be nice to have a faster external HD interface than USB2 ... just because.

Not cheap, but it's full feature set is unique compared to other OTA video recording devices and I want them to be profitable and stay in business for users like me.

Other Thoughts: Have already recommended Tablo to several friends.

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  • Matthew P.
  • 5/10/2016 8:05:35 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCut The Cable

Pros: Records OTA TV, no need to $13 a month Cable company equipment. Expandable size since no on board hard drive.

Cons: Needs an external hard drive connected via USB 2. No NAS allowed.

Other Thoughts: Cons known about before purchase so I was prepared.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/16/2015 5:05:04 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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4 out of 5 eggsGreat first impression, but s/w still needs some work

Pros: I was sold on the concept and bought the device. Setup was very very easy. I was done in 30 minutes. Interface is clean too. I scheduled many recordings and they all seems to be recording fine except couple of them were incomplete. I am still observing the behavior. I like that I can watch on my Roku device, single interface for everything :-)

Cons: Switching channel is painfully slower compared to TWC or Dish etc. Also, loading your program takes a few seconds (not too bad but below expectation) irrespective of wired or wireless setup. It is significant initial investment i.e. ~$300 for the device + $80 for 2TB (you can choose lower capacity) + if you choose to subscribe to guide.

Other Thoughts: You need to have good WiFi setup (I have AC1900 router and range extenders) or wired setup (I have powerline 1200 AV2 ). My Hard drive is WD Elements external Desktop 2TB drive.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/8/2015 6:23:47 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsonce great but now busted

Pros: Used to work quite well

Cons: Latest firmware causes me 7 month old Tablo to constsntly crash and reboot when viewing with Roku. Worked great for 5 months until firmware was supposedly upgraded. My system went from very usable to being basically useless. My investments for Tablo 4 tuner DVR, lifetime subscription, big hard disk and OTA antenna installation are $770 of mostly wasted money. Tablo takes absolutely no responsibility and blames problem on Roku. Roku points to Tablo and takes no responsibility. Consumers get no remedy whatsover. Two months later the Tablo support website has many unhappy users but no hint whatsoever of any solution. Tablo support merely states: "We hope Roku finds a solution soon".

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  • William E.
  • 5/4/2015 3:53:19 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBEST OTA DVR

Pros: I cut the cable cord a year ago, and was searching for a DVR when I found the Tablo. I already had a Roku 3, so the Tablo sounded like what I wanted. The cost for the EPG is for ALL the Tablos you have and not per device.

Cons: pretty new company and some basic features are currently lacking, but they are coming. Example: Ability to delete all recordings of a show, or keep the last so many recordings of a show.

Other Thoughts: The EPG is not required, but if you have it, you can watch your TV anyplace you are that there is internet connectivity. Firetv, Roku, or other device required to watch.

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  • Donald R.
  • 4/23/2015 11:26:19 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: the Tablo has recorded all of the shows and movies I have chosen. Works very well with my Roku 3 and an older roku 1. Tested running both at the same time and found no problems(I do run very high speed access). Setup was quick and easy. Used the PC app for setup and have setup many recording using the adnroid app also. All and all I am very happy with my Tablo.

Cons: It does run very hot. See other coments

Other Thoughts: I have a 1.5 TB drive pluged in the one of the USB ports and in the other I have pluged in a laptop cooling pad and placced it under the Tablo and Hard drive. It is never more than warm now. very nice fix. Cooler is USB Powered. Found a nice deal on Newegg. Very quite and keeps the Tablo cool.

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  • Robert K.
  • 3/18/2015 7:19:27 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGood but with quirks

Pros: You get to buy your own antenna and hard drive to dictate storage size, and have less points of failure on the actual tablo device. Also great if you already have those things laying around like i did.

It's running very fast for me (the interface, live tv and recordings). They all take about 3-5 seconds to initially load and you're up and running.

The support is awesome (which is very important, as you may need it setting this thing up). It looks clean and runs smooth. I got replies almost instantly.

Cons: The setup took a bit of time as the web app for chrome wasn't working on my desktop. I had to pull it up on my laptop and it ended up working after a couple restarts of the tablo device. After that's its been smooth sailing.

Fast forwarding and rewinding is kind of a pain because it doesn't always show the snapshots so you can't see where you're at.

The live channel list is kinda dull. I had to memorize what all the 4 letter channel names were (they don't list there as ABC, NBC, etc). but it's functional so whatever.

Sometimes the lists don't load on my Roku and sometimes the apps don't sync immediately. Give it a restart and/or some time and it eventually connects.

It runs hotter than any other piece of hardware i have. It has 4 tuners and a lot of stuff to do so whatever, just be sure to give it good breathing room.

Other Thoughts: If it doesn't break in the next 4 years then it's worth the money. Very solid device. 4 tuners is amazing so we can watch in 2 rooms and still be recording at the same time.

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  • Corey H.
  • 2/19/2015 5:36:21 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe best DVR system available

Pros: Roku, Chrome cast, Apple TV integration

I can now use the Tablo app on my Android phone or tablet and set recording schedule, watch recordings live tv and view the guide, or watch on my TV using the Roku app(channel) works great with the Roku 3.

You can also watch or access your recordings remotely.

I have been cable free about a year and this fills that last empty space, free at last :)

Cons: Monthly, yearly or lifetime guide subscription after 30 day free trial

Other Thoughts: You won't be disappointed, if you have an internet connection and want an easy to setup OTA DVR system that integrates with other TV devices. Tablo is your one device.

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  • Soren S.
  • 1/22/2015 12:46:23 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTablo - Cut that cable! Save money on your TV Viewing.

Pros: *record HD over-the-air TV and play back anytime
*watch TV from you computer - Ipads - Tables
*easy set up
*Tablo is STILL being improved - young company that listens to it's customers and does it best to meet their needs
*GREAT for Cable and Satellite Cord Cutters!

Cons: I cannot complain much about my Tablo. The only thing my wife complains about is that there is NOT a clock on it's interface.

I wish the Tablo schedule would project further into the future... right now I can only see what is scheduled for about 24 hours in advance

Other Thoughts: We could no longer afford to pay DirecTV $90+ a month to watch the local channels and a few shows on other channels. Since we were addicted to the DVR functionality of the Satellite system, we were very worried that we would NOT sit down in time to watch our shows live. Sure we could get Hulu or one of the other services to watch those shows on OUR time... but then we would be spending MORE money. The plan was to cut the satellite cord and start using that money elsewhere.

I had already purchased a Roku 3 and an indoor (hang on the window) HD Antenna a few months before so the ONLY costs to move over to the Tablo was the purchase the Tablo itself and a compatible external harddrive. So for the same amount we would have paid in 3 -4 months worth of DirecTV bills we picked up the necessary hardware we needed for the Tablo. At this point, watching our favorite shows is a BREEZE, skipping commercials isn't quite as easy as DirecTV, but you catch on very quickly.. and what do I pay for TV service every month now? $4.99 for Tablo's Guide. I'm saving about $90 a month. It really was a no brainer for us to make this move.

Now if you are into all the specialty channels or the sports channels on cable/dish, then this move make not be a good one for you.

For what we are missing, we sure are enjoying the savings more.

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  • Rob R.
  • 1/19/2015 8:57:47 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat device - saves $$$ - getting better with each tweak!

Pros: I was an early 4 tuner adopter (pre-ordered and online since July 2014). I could not be happier - it's easy to setup; saves money for local FREE OTA programming (which was 85% of what I watched), and is multi-device friendly (I use it on Roku, iPad, laptop and smart phone). The iPad interface is very nice to view content on. The Web app is also good. Roku interface is not the best but we've been promised a new ground up Roku app - actually shown a glimpse of the upgraded interface at CES which looks to rival TiVo.

Cons: There are some folks that don't like that you need to buy the hard drive and antenna separately - it's not hard to do and allows you to use legacy gear in your house to save a couple of bucks. There were some early glitches but Tablo support was great in getting resolution to it. There's still some tweaking going on with firmware updates and polishing up the interfaces - not quite as slick as TiVo yet but it's getting there quickly. Check the hard drive compatibility forums to make sure you buy a compatible drive. Currently Tablo doesn't support anything larger than 2TB and you need to make sure it's not using 4K sector sizes as the Tablo won't address those drives yet.

Other Thoughts: I think it's a great device and definitely the way to cut your cable/satellite bill out. Initial cost is steep but you can walk out with a workable solution with lifetime subscription for less than $550. The online forum is extremely helpful and folks are very helpful in getting your problems resolved. For reference, one hour of recorded programming on the 720p setting takes approximately 2.2GB of space.

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