It’s 100% opt in for that very reason.
We always try to add features solely using Tablo’s local resources when possible because we know not everyone has fast, unlimited internet.
However, commercial skip processing requires computing power that Tablo doesn’t have nor was it designed for. That’s why it’s not a feature we were able to pursue previously despite the fact that it was ALWAYS one of the top requested features.
Providing fast-forward preview frames was a good alternative that DOES use Tablo’s own tuners and processing power, but it still requires users to pick up the remote control.
This new commercial skip feature is much more lightweight in terms of the amount of data that needs to move back and forth than anything we’d explored previously. Yes, it still requires the computing power of the cloud but based on the data we’ve collected in customer surveys we felt that most Tablo customers would have the bandwidth to make it work well, and without a significant hit to their datacap.