*** As of August 24th 2022, Premium Service/Automatic Commercial Skip
is no longer available for purchase ***
Tablo's Automatic Commercial Skip feature works with most programs and networks, however some programs/networks are ineligible for processing by the Automatic Commercial Skip server and are filtered at the Tablo device level.
Ineligible programming includes all manual recordings, shows from commercial-free networks like PBS, as well as a subset of individual series from ad-supported networks.
Why Are These Programs/Networks Ineligible?
As mentioned above, broadcast networks that are commercial-free such as PBS, are filtered as to not waste upload/download bandwidth and processing power as the only 'ads' on these channels are periodic fundraising appeals.
Manual recordings are not eligible as they lack the guide data details required for the feature to work.
The majority of individual ineligible programs are re-runs of classic series from the 50s, 60s, and 70s like Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and Gilligan's Island which are primarily broadcast on US subchannels.
The commercial breaks for these older programs are wildly different than those on modern, prime-time programming with either very short commercials or incredibly long 'infomercial style' ads which are sometimes inserted in random locations in the episode. These odd ad breaks are not compatible with the current digital signal processing (DSP) algorithms and machine learning algorithms that run on the Automatic Commercial Skip processing servers.
Other individual ineligible programs either have no commercials (in the case of religious programming) or are news/talk shows with frequent switches between in-studio and video segments which are also incompatible with the current algorithms.
It is possible for the servers to 'learn' how to handle these shows so they can eventually be removed from the ineligible list, but time for additional custom configuration will be required.
How Do I Know If A Program or Network Is Ineligible?
A full list of ineligible programs and networks can be found below. However, recordings that have been filtered will also be marked as such within Tablo apps on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, and Apple TV.
Filtered Shows (as of January 11,2021):
- 'Til Death
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents
- All in the Family
- Animals Unscripted
- Black Sheep Squadron
- Carol Burnett and Friends
- F Troop
- Gilligan's Island
- Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
- Good Morning America
- Green Acres
- Have Gun — Will Travel
- Hogan's Heroes
- I Love Lucy
- In Touch With Dr. Charles Stanley
- Joel Osteen
- Joseph Prince
- Joseph Prince
- Leave it to Beaver
- MLS Soccer
- Married ... With Children
- Night Gallery
- Tales of Wells Fargo
- The Andy Griffith Show
- The Beauty of Oil Painting With Gary and Kathwren Jenkins
- The Best of the Joy of Painting
- The Beverly Hillbillies
- The Burns and Allen Show
- The Carol Burnett Show
- The Ed Sullivan Show
- The Green Hornet
- The Rifleman
- The Saint
- The Three Stooges
- The Twilight Zone
- The View
- The Wendy Williams Show
- Through the Bible With Les Feldick
Filtered Networks (as of January 11, 2021)
- PBS Create
- PBS World
- PBS KIDS
- Trinity Broadcasting Network (SD)
- Trinity Broadcasting Network (HD)
- JUCE (SD)
- JUCE (HD)
- Hillsong Channel
- TBN Salsa
- TBN Enlace