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Tablo’s First ATSC 3.0 DVR Delayed, Won’t Skip Ads

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Nuvyyo has announced that its $300 Quad HDMI OTA Tablo ATSC 3.0 DVR will be delayed due to new DRM requirements. The DVR was unveiled at THESE in January and was originally expected to be available this spring.

In a blog post on Sunday, the manufacturer said that new DRM decryption keys must be installed during manufacture and cannot be added via later firmware updates. The company also says the Automatic Commercial Skip feature won’t be available on this device, though it says users will still be able to fast-forward commercials on recordings manually.

The Tablo ATSC 3.0 Quad HDMI is a four-tuner hybrid DVR, which was to be one of the first to feature the NextGen TV Standard (ATSC 3.0) as well as the ability to receive existing over-the-air signals.

Nuvvyo says the Tablo ATSC 3.0 Quad HDMI OTA DVR is compatible with any TV with an HDMI port, though you’ll need a 4K HDR TV to get the most out of it. The Tablo connects to any TV antenna and supports external USB hard drives from 1TB to 8TB. ​​The company notes that unlike most of the company’s network DVRs, streaming live or recorded OTA TV to other devices is not not supported on this Tablo model.

The device comes with a 24-hour program guide and manual recording, but also includes a free 30-day trial of the Tablo Premium service ($20 per year). The Premium service activates two weeks of guide data in advance, but will no longer include automatic ad skipping.

One of Tablo’s main strengths has always been its program guide and I’ve found it to be worth the subscription fee. While the lack of network capability is a shame, this device will still be one of the only NextGen DVRs available – and the only one with four ATSC 3.0 tuners. During this time, the $200 HDHomeRun Flex 4K can be networked and has two NextGen tuners out of four.

The Tablo ATSC 3.0 Quad HDMI is no longer available for pre-order on, and the company has yet to announce its release. I have contacted Nuvvyo and will update if they respond.

What is ATSC 3.0?

NextGen TV is the latest broadcast standard, designed to deliver high quality Ultra HD 4K video, HDR and wide color gamut, as well as high frame rates up to 120Hz. The standard has appeared in a number number of televisions over the past two years, including these LG and Samsung modelsand the new Hisense screens. However, as of the summer of that year, only 50% of US households are able to receive the programming.


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