You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Tablo Officially Launches Its DVR App for Apple TV

Love the new Apple TV, but miss the ability to record TV shows? Tablo’s new Apple TV app could help to fill that gap by offering the ability to watch and record broadcast TV without the need for a cable subscription.

Tablo, which was officially released on Apple’s App Store Friday, doesn’t actually add recording capabilities directly to Apple’s device. Instead, it relies on the networked Tablo DVR — a small box that retails for $200 and streams live and recorded broadcast TV it picks up with an over-the-air antenna to mobile and connected devices.

But for Apple TV owners, Tablo could still prove to be an interesting solution — especially since it offers something that Apple itself hasn’t been able to pull off. The Cupertino company tried for a long time to launch its own pay TV package to compete with cable TV services, but failed to get the necessary rights.

Especially local broadcast TV proved to be difficult for Apple, since it involves to just striking deals with the big broadcast networks but also countless affiliates all around the country.

Tablo on the other hand doesn’t need to bother about any of these rights, since it simply offers a DVR that records shows locally — albeit with a modern interface and the ability to work with devices like Apple TV. Tablo’s app even is capable of skipping over commercials with Siri voice commands.

Tablo first previewed its Apple TV app at CES in Las Vegas earlier this year. The company isn’t he only one anymore to offer a combination of live and catch-up TV on Apple TV: Earlier this week, Dish-owned Sling TV launched an Apple TV app for its own online TV subscription service.

However, Sling is primarily focused on cable networks, and not quite as cheap as a DVR-based solution: Streaming packages for the online TV service start at $20 a month. Tablo on the other hand charges customers only $5 a month for access to TV guide data that’s necessary to schedule TV show recordings.


More Digital

  • Alibaba Buys 8% Stake in Chinese

    Alibaba Buys 8% Stake in Chinese Video Platform Bilibili

    Alibaba has purchased an 8% stake in the Chinese online video platform Bilibili, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Bilibili is one of China’s top video streaming and entertainment platforms, with about 92 million monthly active users and 450 million page-views per day. Founded in 2009, it was listed on the NASDAQ last March. Alibaba’s [...]

  • Clevver-Logo

    Hearst Magazines Buys Clevver's Pop-Culture YouTube Channels After Defy's Demise

    Hearst Magazines has snapped up Clevver, a network of female-skewing lifestyle and pop-culture news YouTube channels that had been owned by now-defunct Defy Media. Clevver was left homeless after Defy’s sudden shutdown in November; its principals said at the time they were looking for a new home. Hearst Magazines sees a digital fit with Clevver’s [...]

  • "Brother" -- Episode 201-- Pictured (l-r):

    CBS Interactive's Marc DeBevoise on Streaming Boom, Content Strategy, and Apple

    Not everyone wants or needs to be Netflix to succeed in the streaming space. And not everyone sees Apple’s enigmatic new service as a threat. Even as rival streaming services offer gobs of content, CBS Interactive’s president and COO Marc DeBevoise sees the company’s targeted original programming strategy continuing to attract viewers to its All [...]

  • Rhett-Link-Good-Mythical-Morning

    Rhett & Link's Mythical Entertainment in Talks to Acquire Smosh (EXCLUSIVE)

    Smosh, the YouTube comedy brand left stranded after parent company Defy Media went belly-up, may be about to get a new business partner. Mythical Entertainment, the entertainment company founded by top YouTube comedy duo Rhett & Link, has been in talks about acquiring the Smosh brand, sources told Variety. Multiple potential buyers came forward to [...]

  • Pokemon Go

    Proposed 'Pokémon Go' Lawsuit Settlement May Remove Poké Stops, Gyms

    A proposed settlement in the class action lawsuit against “Pokémon Go” developer Niantic could remove or change a number of Poké Stops and Gyms in the popular augmented reality game. The proposed settlement was filed in a California court on Thursday and applies to anyone in the U.S. who owns or leases property within 100 meters [...]

  • Skyline of Doha at night with

    Qatar's beIN Rallies Support From U.S. Companies Against Pirate Broadcaster beoutQ

    Qatari powerhouse beIN Media Group has rallied support from American sports and entertainment entities, including Discovery and Fox, behind its request that the U.S. government place Saudi Arabia on its watch list of top intellectual property offenders. The Doha-based broadcaster, a state-owned spinoff of Al Jazeera news network, accuses the Saudi government of harboring pirate broadcaster [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content