Nuvyyo Unveils Tablo Quad HDMI OTA DVR
Nuvyyo introduced the Tablo Quad HDMI, a quad over-the-air tuner version of its recently introduced dual-tuner HDMI DVR device.
The company said the Tablo Quad Over-The-Air (OTA) DVR is designed for cord cutters with larger households or channel lineups, who want the ability to record and stream broadcast programs from up to four channels at one time.
Users will need a compatible HDMI TV, an add-on storage drive and a connected OTA antenna suitable to the viewing area. In the past, non-HDMI Tablo devices would require a home WIFI connection to a device with an enabling app to connect to the TV. However, a WIFI connection is still required for set-up and to access the channel guide service used with the Tablo TV Quad HDMI device.
Using the cable connection, this version of the Tablo, which carries a $199.99 suggested retail price, works more like a conventional DVR set-top box.. This version will require the addition of an external storage drive for locally stored recordings.
The Tablo Quad HDMI records and plays OTA programs in MPEG2 video format at the resolution and bitrate in which it is broadcast, including 1080i @30fps and 720p @60fps, where available.
The Quad HDMI device will store up to 130 hours of content on to a 1TB external drive, the company said. Users can add-on third-party external hard drives from 1 to 8 TBs for additional storage needs.
Nuvyyo said the Tablo Quad HDMI is expected to have big appeal with cord cutters who travel in RVs or live in rural areas, where internet access is spotty. The Tablo Quad HDMI will require internet access for setup, but users will be able to continue viewing live and recorded programming on a primary television without internet access for up to two weeks.
Nuvyyo Tablo devices pair with a Tablo Program Guide subscription service.
All Tablo DVRs offer a $4.99 monthly subscription plan to use a basic, grid-style onscreen channel guide. This carries 24 hours of TV programming data and enables easily programming DVR recordings and using playback controls for pausing, rewinding and fast-forwarding programs. The system also supports pass-through of 5.1 Surround Sound pass through.
The Tablo TV Guide Data plan covers 14 days of programming data and advanced recording features like those found with traditional pay-TV DVR boxes. The TV Guide Data Service allows customers to connect to and stream content from their Tablo Quad HDMI on compatible streaming platforms, including Roku, Fire TV and Android TV operating systems.
For those who don’t want to pay for the 14-day Guide Data Plan, the company makes available 24 hours of program data without a subscription.
For an additional $2 per month on top of the paid 14-day program data plan, Nuvyyo also makes available a “Premium Service,” with automatic commercial skipping. Nuvyyo makes either plan available free of charge for the first 30 days.
The Tablo TV DVRs, including the Tablo TV Quad HDMI, continue to include only ATSC 1.0 tuners. The NextGenTV ATSC 3.0 tuners are not yet available in these products. However, ATSC 1.0 broadcasts are expected to be available along with new ATSC 3.0 broadcasts for at least the next five years, and probably much longer than that in many markets around the country.
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By Greg Tarr
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