Tablo is a next-generation DVR that plugs into an 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 streams content to any connected device inside your home or anywhere you have internet.
Unleash your HDTV.
Browse, record and stream free local HDTV broadcast programs on any device, anytime, anywhere in the world. And it’s all yours without the expense or commitment of a cable or satellite contract.
Tablet User Interface
One touch of the Tablo interface and you’ll never settle for a traditional remote control again. It’s visually rich and colorful, intuitively organized and easy to use.
Tablo in the News
"Pair Tablo with other streaming apps and cutting that pesky cable cord just got easier."
"Ottawa's Nuvyyo Unveils Tablo, Which Aims to Make Cord-cutting Easier Than Ever"
"Nuvyyo wants its Tablo DVR to be the Slingbox for over-the-air HD channels"
"Tablo is a high-tech “back end” DVR that connects your conventional TV antenna to essentially make a whole home DVR."
"Tablo : jumelez un ENP à votre tablette et profitez du HD gratuit."
“We are transforming today’s home media experience by delivering a better way to enjoy network and local programming in gorgeous HD, anywhere you happen to be. For TV lovers, Tablo takes away the fear of “cord-cutting” by perfecting the user experience with our tablet app and delivering the DVR functionality everyone knows and loves.”
– Grant Hall, CEO of Nuvyyo
Start enjoying your HDTV.
Stop paying for Cable.
With the average cable or satellite TV bill hovering around $85 per month, savvy consumers can save over $2,000 over two years by cutting the cord.
Major networks are all broadcasting their full programming content for free, in high definition over the air. This means that virtually everyone in North America has access to amazingly crisp TV shows simply by plugging in an HDTV antenna.
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 antennae are uncompressed, delivering an incredibly crisp HD picture far superior to what you’ve been getting from your cable provider.
Watch your favorite shows, news and sports, live as they happen.
For the avid sports or TV series fan, the day after airing is too long to wait to see the latest game or episode of their favorite show. Nobody likes having to avoid spoilers at the watercooler following the big game or season finale.
Tablo gives cord cutters access to first run broadcast TV in gorgeous High Definition and lets you record, stream and watch it commercial free, for less than the price of Netflix and other Over-The-Top and Internet content providers.
How does Tablo work?
The Tablo DVR box collects free Over-The-Air (OTA) broadcast content through a connected HDTV antenna.
Hardware set up is super easy:
- Plug in your HDTV antenna
- Plug in your USB Hard Drive
- Plug in the power
- Connect to your home's wireless router (using an Ethernet cable or WiFi)
Using the Tablo App is even easier:
- Download and launch the Tablo app on your tablet
- Follow the easy setup wizard
Tablo will scan for all HDTV channels available in your area and download guide data for all programs for the next two weeks.
OTA and OTT: Working together.
Tablo is designed to work alongside Over-The-Top (OTT) or internet content providers you may already be using, like Hulu and Netflix.
Tablo lets you combine their great content with free, live HDTV broadcast programs like hometown news and sports, as well as community and public TV shows, eliminating the need for expensive cable/satellite TV subscriptions and contracts.
We’re Canadian, eh!
Tablo works with OTA broadcast HDTV in both the US AND in Canada. So, while other solutions on the market are only available in the US, those of us North of the 49th parallel can cut the cord and watch our HDTV, our way, too!
Your HDTV, on your time.
Tablo puts the control in your hands and at your fingertips to watch your HDTV your way, commercial free.
No Commitments. No strings. Just Your HDTV. Your way.
We wouldn’t help you cut the cord, only to tie you up with contracts. That’s just mean. With Tablo there’s no contract or commitment: cancel your subscription anytime with no penalty.
What’s this about a subscription?
By becoming a supporter here on Indiegogo, you will get a one year Interactive Program Guide (IPG) subscription included with your Tablo for FREE. This gives you access to all the beautiful program guide content, including poster art, series and episode details, series recording capabilities, etc.
While the Tablo DVR works without a subscription, we know you’ll fall in love with the convenience of the program guide data and beauty of the intuitive interface for setting up and managing your recordings.
After the first year, you can choose to subscribe to Tablo's interactive guide content for a fraction of any other mainstream DVR rental contract or subscription out there.
Where we’re at…
This is not our first consumer electronics product and we’re using that experience to ensure a solid hardware platform for the Tablo DVR.
The mechanical and industrial design company that we contracted has designed multiple consumer products. After explaining to them what we envisioned, they were able to provide initial models that were the right size and the right look and feel.
What we have now is a beautiful product that works great and is ready for manufacturing which will be handled by the same local contract manufacturer we hired to build our initial product a couple of years ago.
We’re excited to work with them again as they help propel us to high volume production.
Next Steps in Tablo Production:
We have DVR hardware prototypes in alpha testing and our software apps are coming along nicely.
By choosing to support us, you will help us deliver a quality product faster, and at greater volume, which will keep our prices low and our feature list long.
Think we can do better? So do we.
We are in the development stages and are about to make some critical decisions on product roadmap and what features to prioritize in order to make Tablo what you want it to be.
Do you live in a major urban center in the US or Canada? If so, we want to hear from you. We’re looking for a select number of people from different US and Canadian cities to join our beta team through our Beta Team perk.
Tablo is a Broadcast DVR and app built by TV lovers,
for TV lovers.
We founded Nuvyyo in 2010 with a vision of mobilizing home media. We’re really proud of how far we’ve come and can’t wait to start using it our own homes.
We’re on Indiegogo because we want your support. But more importantly, we want your input.
So tell us what would make Tablo even more awesome for you.
Better yet, put your money where your mouse is and become a supporter to have your say.
Be a part of something awesome, become a backer today and help us build a better way to watch free TV, your way with Tablo.
Thank you, from the entire team at Nuvyyo!
Does Tablo connect to my TV?
No, Tablo streams live TV and recordings over your home network through Apple TV (and AirPlay), Roku (as a channel) or Chromecast (streaming via dongle to HDMI port) which connects to your TV.
What do I need to use Tablo?
To use Tablo you need the following things:
an HDTV antenna
an Apple or Android tablet computer
an internet connection
a USB hard drive (for editions without onboard storage)
If you’d like to watch programming on your big screen TV, you’ll also need an AppleTV, Roku box or Chromecast dongle*.
* Support for Chromecast will become available after the full Chromecast API has been released by Google.
What technologies does it work with? What devices can I use to watch programs?
Tablo enables you to browse, record and stream live HDTV programming on the following devices:
Apple and Android tablets
Apple and Android smartphones
PC or Mac computers
- Televisions using enabling devices including AppleTV, Roku or Google Chromecast
How many tuners does Tablo have?
Tablo has two editions: one with two tuners which enables you to record two programs simultaneously or have two users in the household watching two different programs and one with four tuners which enables you to record four programs simultaneously. The Tablo app also supports the use of multiple Tablo boxes so if you need additional tuners you can always add another Tablo box.
How many shows can I record at once?
Tablo enables you to record two to four programs simultaneously, depending on the edition.
How many people can watch Tablo at once?
This depends on the quality of your home WiFi network. If Tablo has a wired connection to your home router and uses 802.1 G or N technology, up to 6 devices can watch a live or recorded program simultaneously. If the Tablo uses WiFi to connect to your home router, the number of simultaneous views could be cut in half.
After the first year, if I don’t want to pay for the subscription can I still use my Tablo?
Yes, your Tablo features a manual recording option that lets you schedule programs by channel, date and time.
Does Tablo have WiFi?
Yes, Tablo can connect to your home network via WiFi or Ethernet allowing you to place the Tablo box where it makes the most sense in your home. Some choose to place the Tablo box near their router, some near their antennas and others right in their TV stands.
How will I know if I can get good HDTV reception where I live?
In general, those in major urban centers in Canada and the United States can be guaranteed to receive several free HDTV channels including most major networks. To find out exactly which channels you could receive at your house, visit www.tvfool.com for Canada or transition.fcc.gov/mb/engineering/dtvmaps/ for the US.
The quality of your HDTV reception is based on proximity to HDTV broadcast towers, the type of antenna you’re using and its location (indoor, outdoor, height off the ground, direction).
If you’re receiving less channels than you think you should be, try adjusting the location or direction of your antenna.
What sort of channels can I get with Tablo?
In the United States, customers in most areas will be able to get FOX, NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, and CW networks. In Canada, most will be able to get CBC, CTV, Global, CityTV as well as regional and language-specific content. Canadians living close to the border may also be able to obtain signals from American networks.
How much does it cost and how does that compare to other options?
Once it's available to the public, Tablo’s cost will be comparable to other Over-The-Air (OTA) HDTV DVRs with external storage. Estimated street pricing will be in the range of $200 for the 2 Tuner edition and $250 for the 4 tuner edition. DVRs with internal storage will cost more due to the additional components required.
To obtain program guide data, an additional fee of approximately $5-6 per month will be required (which is about half the cost of Netflix). Final pricing will depend several factors including the success of this campaign and market cost for the data itself. When compared to the average cost of a cable TV subscription (approximately $85 per month), consumers can expect to save around $2,000 over two years with Tablo.
Competitors offering OTA HDTV with no hardware via broadband are less expensive but are only available in a few select markets in the US.
Any plans to support DLNA receivers? eg. I have a PS3, will that work?
We are looking at future support for DLNA to be able to redirect video to devices like the Xbox 360 and Smart TV’s, but unfortunately the PS3 lacks the DLNA Digital Media Render function that would allow us to forward Video to the PS3.
Are there any plans to include an HDMI port for Tablo?
With prices of HDMI media adapters like Roku, Chromecast and Apple TV continuing to decline we believe they are a better option to deliver the video the final few inches to your TV. One of the benefits of delivering video over your home network is that we can support multiple TVs, tablets or smartphones at the same time from a single Tablo. This provides customers with a whole home DVR solution at a very compelling price point. For more information, check out our blog post on this subject: http://bit.ly/1bXVtV6
In what format does Tablo save the video/audio stream to the hard drive? Recorded programs on Tablo are stored in an HLS file that can be reassembled into a standard MPEG file.
How much storage
space will a typical 60 minute HD recording use?
A 60 minute program will take approximately 2 Gigs of storage space.
Will Tablo support NAS (Network Attached Storage) drives or does it only support USB connected drives?
Tablo currently only supports USB 2.0 hard drives of up to 2 terabytes. One of the reasons why we aren’t currently supporting NAS storage is the wide variation in network speeds. That being said, this feature is on our roadmap.
Can I access the recordings over my network through the file browser/finder?Tablo files are not currently accessible over the local network.
What is Tablo’s video
Most broadcasters distribute signals at 720p or 1080i. Tablo enables you to select the video quality you want to record in. You can record/playback at the same quality coming out of your antenna, or choose to save storage space and record at lower quality.
When will Android
support become available?
Our Android app is just a handful of weeks behind development of our iPad app so we plan to have Android support out of the gate. The Android native app will have the same functionality and look-and-feel as our iPad version.
Does Tablo support
cable cards or clear QAM signals?
Tablo is focused on providing a DVR to capture High Definition Over-The-Air broadcast signals so we’re not currently considering adding support for cablecards or clear QAM.
Does Tablo enable you
to pause live TV?
Yes, you can pause live and recorded TV with Tablo.
Can you skip
commercials with Tablo?
Yes, Tablo offers 30 second skip capabilities as well as a 20 second rewind.
Team on This Campaign:
The team behind Tablo
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VP Finance and Ops
Marketing Programs Specialist