ZapperBox ATSC 3.0 Tuner with DVR

Now that the ATSC rollout has begun in the USA when does Tablo plan to compete in this market?
ZapperBox HDMI ATSC 3.0 is about $275 on Amazon and will have DVR capability.

Here is Tyler’s review:

Tabo is currently working on a ASTC 3.0 Turner. It is delayed due the decision by broadcasters to implement encryption on the broadcast. As Tyler points in his review the Zapper is not able to decode (and you have to hope IMO they actual will trade out your unit for a compatible unit once released) so Tablo is working on it but trying to make it fully compatible, first. Also currently the Zapper doesn’t support a DVR features you have to hope they make good on the firmware updates.

All the major broadcaster, including those that belong to pearl tv, seem to be going to encryption for ATSC 3.0. And it appears that the current zapperbox may not come with the decrpyt key built in. That would require that the actual box be swapped out for one with the decrpyt keys. Instead of paying $275 for a 2 tuner that I know will need to be returned, I would rather wait.

That Zapper is definitely headed the right direction.

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:slight_smile: 11 seconds before watching signal, but don’t worry, it gets reduced to 6 seconds.

Channel surfing becomes channel trudging.

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A single connection decryption using HDMI and HDCP 2.2 is the simplest form of ATSC 3.0 decrypt support. So if I have 2 TV’s I need 2 single tuner $250 zapper boxes

Zapperbox, which today isn’t much more than a tuner box, at USD$250, is what I call, a very bad deal. Remember when similar devices were introduced due to the mandate of ATSC 1.0, and they were at the $30-45 price point.

If you absolutely hate all streaming, have horrible ATSC 1.0 reception, perhaps you need this now. IMHO, the “winners” will be those that wait.

Another network based delivery system may soon get A3SA blessing for their linear decrypt implementation. Whether it will work in all conditions is unknown until it rolls out. One of the problems with ATSC 3.0 is that the ATSC 3.0 org had some suggestions/guidelines on modulations on the PLP’s. But the standard allowed for just about anything.

Of course STB DVR decryption is a whole different implementation and can of worms.