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Published on August 1st, 2018 | by Kirk Hiner


Tablo OTA DVR app gets major UI update, Surround Sound support

If you’re a cord cutter you know it can be difficult to get access to local channels via your streaming service (if you’re going with a streaming service at all). One of the best solutions is an over-the-air – or OTA antenna-, but that’s not going to do you much good for programs you’re not around to watch.

Enter Tablo, an Apple TV-compatible app that allows you to browse, record and stream live and recorded HDTV programs as if you still had that clunky cable box. Tablo provides a slick, easy-to-use interface that helps you quickly find the live shows you want to view via your OTA antenna, and to set up future shows for recording.

And Wednesday, the Tablo Apple TV app got a significant upgrade. Per an announcement at the Tablo Community site, Tablo v1.6 for tvOS:

  • Adds a guide screen and filters (All, Prime Time, Premiering, TV Shows, Movies, Sports)
  • Adds a scheduled screen and filters (All, Coming Soon)
  • Adds support for Surround Sound in the settings screen
  • Adds the current time on a Live TV screen

Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound (AC3) audio was announced for Tablo hardware devices on July 26th, but is now supported on Apple TV as well. You’ll want a 4th generation Apple TV or Apple TV 4K to enable it. For more on Tablo’s Surround Sound support and to check out suggested settings, visit

The other updates enhance the user experience, making it easier to find shows and schedule them to record.

The Tablo app is available for free in the App Store, but requires a hardware box to record shows. For more information on Tablo and its OTA products/services, visit

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About the Author

has been writing for the Apple web since 1997, having served as editor of Applelinks and the Technology Tell Apple Channel. In addition to his work with BEST Apple TV, Kirk currently contributes to Mac Gamer HQ and Pure Nintendo. He lives with his wife and three children in small-town Ohio where the land is cheap and the air is (relatively) clean.

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