Scripps Tablo Aims To Fuel Free OTA TV Viewing

The internet-connected device pairs with a TV antenna and sends a live TV signal to smart devices allowing users to watch and record live broadcast TV anywhere in their homes.

The E.W. Scripps Co. is launching a new version of Tablo, which it calls “the first consumer technology device to enable whole-home viewing, recording of over-the-air (OTA) broadcast television and curated free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) channels without a subscription.”

The redesign of the Tablo device and software, a brand first developed in 2013, is the latest step in Scripps’ ongoing efforts to build awareness and grow the broadcast marketplace by removing friction consumers experience using over-the-air television. The Tablo internet-connected device pairs with a TV antenna and sends a live TV signal to smart devices allowing users to watch live broadcast TV anywhere in their homes.

The Tablo solution has advanced DVR scheduling, 50-plus hours of onboard storage and leverages a guided TV antenna set-up wizard and a home’s Wi-Fi network so consumers can watch free TV through Tablo apps on their existing smart TVs or popular streaming media devices. Internet access is required.

The Tablo solution features include:

  • A unified program guide — It combines live local networks with a selection of popular free streaming channels in an easy-to-navigate guide.
  • The ability to pause, record, replay — The Tablo device lets consumers record live network TV shows, special events and sports, right out of the box.
  • The ability to watch on any device or platform — It supports all mobile and most connected TV platforms, including Roku and Amazon Fire TV.
  • Assisted setup — The app helps consumers set up an antenna and Tablo device, so they get the best reception and most channels possible for their home’s location to broadcast towers.

The Tablo device costs $99.95 with no subscriptions or contracts. The fourth-generation Tablo device is available now at and and will be available in Best Buy stores across the United States and online at The Tablo Total System, which includes a 35-mile indoor TV antenna, is on sale now for $109.95 (MSRP $129.95) at Additional retail and online distribution will follow.

“We’ve completely rebuilt the Tablo experience from the ground up to provide consumers with an amazing free TV experience that you can’t get from an antenna alone,” said Bo Schuerman, Scripps vice president of enterprise strategy. “Now, consumers can easily watch live football, local news, free streaming channels and record so many great shows and movies with no subscription fees.”


Last summer, Scripps launched as a resource to educate consumers about the benefits and quality of free television available with an antenna. The site allows users to enter their addresses to learn the number and variety of channels available to them for free, as well as what TV antenna may be best for their home’s location.

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