How do I connect my smart TV to Tablo?

Ok, I just want to know how to connect my TV. My Tablo is connected to my router. I can view and record from my iPad (which I used to set up my Tablo). Getting Tablo connected to my home network is the only instruction I can find.

  1. LG smart tv is connected to my home network via wifi. I know this because I can surf the Internet. I can’t see my Tablo network Now see any channels. I can only only connect to my home network.

  2. I have been able to successfully set up Tablo via both Ethernet and wifi. Yes, my Tablo is currently connected and linked to my home network. It’s works only on the iPad I used to set up my Taboo.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Tablo connects through an app I don’t think there are any Tablo apps for Smart TV’s. You need a Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast etc.

There may not be a Tablo app for your LG smart TV… the company has developed a lot of ways to access Tablo, such as Roku, Fire, iPad, Android, Web Browser… but they have limited resources and I doubt they have the resources to develop Tablo apps for every smart TV out there. If there is no Tablo app for the LG, an alternative is to make use of one of your TV’s HDMI ports and get a Roku or Fire TV streaming media player to connect with Tablo. A further advantage of this is that you’ll likely get far more channels for streaming than LG will ever provide. I have had excellent experience with the Roku stick, which runs about $50 at any Walmart. It even included a $5 Vudu coupon.

The apps for the smart tv (besides Roku TV) don’t exist yet. They might make them, but there is a larger market in streaming devices, such as Roku, FireTV, smartphones.

I’d suggest a FireTV stick, as the Tablo app is more further developed, AND it has Tablo Connect, which means when you go on vacation, you can disconnect it, pack it and connect it to the TV at the hotel. The Roku stick (or Roku) does NOT have Tablo Connect, so until there is a username / password option instead of the weird pairing thing that the Tablo uses you won’t be able to use any Roku away from the Tablo.


I do have an Amazon fire box-not connected yet. Do I connect this to my TV instead of my Tablo?

My television is my main viewing device. Will I not be able to view Tablo recorded programs on my television or link Fire TV to my Tablo network?

Wonder if DVR+ would have been better for my setup.

Your Tablo only does a couple of things. It receives OTA signals and transcodes them to stream over your home network to a streaming device (such as your FireTV box). It records OTA signals so you can watch them later–this is also streamed on your network to your FireTV or other streaming device. Your TV gets its signal from the streaming box (FireTV, Roku, etc.).

You can also watch content from the Tablo with an app on an Android phone or tablet, a IPad, or on a computer with a browser (Chrome works best).

The last the the Tablo does is allow you to connect to it remotely, that is from outside of your house.

This page has a couple of pretty good pictures to show you how it works:

Good Luck.

Connect your Fire TV box to your HDTV via the HDMI cable.

Install the Tablo app on the FTV and you will be able to watch live TV and recordings on your TV just like you do on your iPad.


Thanks for all your responses.

I’ll try to connect my Fire TV box and see what I get. The way I thought I had to connect it was incorrect.

I’ll update when I get it set up.

It worked! Thanks, all. I’m now streaming my antenna through my TV via Amazon fire.

I feel much better now.


Remember that if you go in vacation you can bring your FireTV with you and connect it at the hotel or friends house if they have an hdmi port. That’s what I did on vacation. Welcome to Tablo! No going back!

You can stream to multiple devices at the same time. The number depends on which Tablo you have and live or recorded.

I tried that but the hotel wifi required putting in a pass phrase via a website and this wasnt do-able on a roku.

Roku won’t work for Tablo when away from home. Seven Clans Hotel it does work (I know first hand)

Yea it certainly didnt for Holiday Inn…

though I thought about it and if I had the time and desire … I could have set up the roku to use a physical network cable to a laptop for network sharing … which in turn was using the hotel wifi… in this case it may have worked since you would do the hotel authentication on the laptop and just be “piggy backing” off the laptop …

It really depends on the hotel chain. With some, it’s simply a matter of getting the password from them and you’re good to go. Others may or may not have a password, but may have a captive portal that requires you provide login credentials (or perhaps simply agree to terms of service) via your web browser before you can access the internet. If it’s the former, you simply set up your Fire TV with the password and you’re good to go. So, access via publicly available Wi-Fi when traveling may be hit or miss. If you’re visiting friends/relatives, you have a much better shot at getting FireTV to work. Alternatively, if you have your laptop/tablet/phone you could set up a connection that way.Of course, Chromecast could be used as well, and may be an easier solution when traveling, assuming your laptop/tablet/phone has accessed Tablo from your home network previously.

Hotel WiFi and connections have always been a problem for me, so I solved it with this travel router:

NETGEAR Trek N300 Travel Router, Range Extender, and Wireless Bridge (PR2000)

Amazon is now selling it for $28, I got Staples to price match Amazon, but at $36 a year or so ago.

If your hotel has a wired connection, plug in the Ethernet cable, flip the switch on top of router to wired and it will create a WiFi network based on the settings that you’ve entered.

If your hotel has WiFi with captive portal login, flip switch to wireless, plug in the router EDIT: connect your device to your router and use a browser to login to the hotel WiFi. The login is actually saved to the router and it creates a private WiFi network, then all of your devices use your WiFi without having to log in to the hotel’s captive portal.

I almost always travel with a Chromecast, but I’ve also taken a Roku HDMI Stick or a Fire TV Stick. They all work perfectly with this router, even when I’m using the hotel WiFi to create my own WiFi network. Tablo casts to my Chromecast perfectly every single time I use it.

I tried two different TP-Link routers that were smaller and cheaper. One didn’t work at all, the other didn’t have the power to provide WiFi throughout a suite, so I got this Netgear and it is amazeballs.

HooToo came out with one as well, but I had already fallen in love with the Netgear. There may be others available as well, but again, I’m hooked.

Thanks…just ordered it. Perhaps I can extend WiFi from my apartment to the laundry room.

You could also use PLEX away from home, since a third party developer has developed a “tablo” channel for PLEX.


I just read on CNET that both FireTV and FireTV stick have captive Hotspot connect built in from an update this past March. I have NOT tried it.

They do supposedly, but I’ve never tried it. I stay at Marriott and Hilton hotels and they limit you to 3 devices on their WiFi. I blow by that every stay.

My hotspot is 1 device, then I connect as many devices as I need to that. Plus, I travel with a Chromecast, which does not do captive portal login.

The Fire TV/Fire TV Stick also suffer from the same issues that the Chromecast/Nexus Player do when connected to public WiFi - if you’re on the hotel free WiFi any joker that decides to screw with you can.

From anywhere in the hotel, any other guest that is bored and has half a clue about how this stuff works can interput whatever you’re watching by hijacking your device and sending you YouTube videos, Netflix and any other thing that they’d like.

I would normally chime in and say that I have never been childish and immature in this way, but these aren’t normal times.

For less than $30 I’ll stay in my own little bubble of connectivity, where I only have to put up with my baby’s alphabet and math music videos.

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My first one died, but I got a replacement - we cross shipped. Actually I sent the bad one back on the same day that I received the replacement. Since it was paid for with a credit card, they’ll do that and charge you if not received by a date. The new one I updated to the latest firmware. I intend to test it the next time I go to a public WiFi even if it is just using my phone. I might bring my computer. It will give you some protection which public WiFi doesn’t usually have.