Tablo ATSC 3.0 FAQs

How do I know if ATSC 3.0 signals are broadcast in my area?
You can view a current and expected ATSC 3.0 deployment map here.

 

Is there any content broadcast in ATSC 3.0 that isn’t already broadcast in ATSC 1.0?
No. Current ATSC 3.0 broadcasts contain the exact same programs available via ATSC 1.0 broadcasts. Any broadcaster transitioning a station to ATSC 3.0 must continue to broadcast the same content via ATSC 1.0 for at least five years.

Are all four of the Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI’s tuners capable of receiving ATSC 3.0 signals?
Yes! All four of Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI’s hybrid tuners can receive and decode both the new ATSC 3.0 and current ATSC 1.0 broadcast standards. This means you can continue to enjoy unencrypted live and recorded Over-the-Air TV via the same TV antenna and DVR hardware throughout the transition to NextGen TV.

 

Does the Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI support 4K content?
Yes! While the ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard allows for 4K video, current broadcasts are still delivered primarily in 720p or 1080p video quality. If future broadcasts do include 4K video, the Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI will be able to record and display unencrypted 4K content.


Does the Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI support HDR content?
Yes. If future ATSC 3.0 broadcasts include unencrypted HDR content.


Will I need to upgrade my TV to one capable of ATSC 3.0 to use the Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI?
No. The Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI is compatible with any television with an HDMI port. Since decoding of the incoming broadcast signals is done on the Tablo itself, it is a simple and cost-effective way for you to receive and enjoy ATSC 3.0 broadcasts without the need to purchase a newer, expensive TV.


Do I need a 4K TV set to view ATSC 3.0 broadcasts with the Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI?
No. While the ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard allows for 4K video, current broadcasts are delivered primarily in 720p or 1080p video quality. If future broadcasts do include 4K video, the Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI will display the best possible resolution that your television supports.


Do I need a soundbar or audio receiver capable of decoding Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound audio to hear ATSC 3.0 broadcasts with the Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI?
No. While the ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard allows for Dolby AC-4 7.1 Surround Sound audio, current broadcasts are delivered primarily with AC-4 5.1 Surround Sound audio quality. If future broadcasts do include Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound, the Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI will convert the stream to PCM audio to pass it through to your soundbar or receiver.


Why is the Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI more expensive than other Tablo models?
The ATSC 1.0/ATSC 3.0 hybrid tuner hardware used in the Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI is bleeding edge technology and therefore much more expensive than the traditional ATSC 1.0 tuners used in previous Tablo models. Significant investments in software and licensing to support new video and audio codecs as well as numerous other advanced features of the ATSC 3.0 standard were also required.

 

Why is the Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI more expensive than other ATSC 3.0-capable devices on the market?
Unlike other ATSC 3.0 products currently on the market which feature only one or two hybrid ATSC 1.0/3.0 tuners, all four of the Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI’s tuners are capable to receiving and decoding both broadcast standards. With twice the number of hybrid tuners, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity in a powerful quad-core set-top-box form factor, the Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI provides a solid but easy-to-use Over-the-Air TV platform for cord cutters now and well into the future.


Can the Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI stream live or recorded TV to other devices on my local network?
No. At this time, the Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI cannot stream live or recorded TV as most commercially available streaming devices and Smart TVs are not compatible with the new video and audio formats of ATSC 3.0 broadcasts.


Can the Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI stream live or recorded TV outside of the home (Tablo Connect)?
No. Due to technical limitations, TV-connected Tablo DVRs including Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI cannot be accessed remotely. If streaming outside of the home is important to you, consider a network-connected Tablo DVR instead.

 

Are ATSC 3.0 recordings larger than ATSC 1.0 recordings?
No. ATSC 3.0 uses a substantially more advanced video codec (HVEC) which is approximately 4 times more efficient that the MPEG-2 codec used for ATSC 1.0 broadcasts. Therefore, ATSC 3.0 recordings are on average one quarter of the size of ATSC 1.0 recordings of the same resolution.

 

Does the Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI support ATSC 3.0 content with Digital Rights Management (DRM) copyright protection?
Yes, it will. Now that the technical details of Digital Rights Management (DRM) use within the ATSC 3.0 standard has been finalized, and broadcast groups are signaling their intent to add DRM protection to broadcasts beginning as early as the summer of 2022, we are working to complete the development and certification of DRM software for the device. This added feature will now be included in the Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI when it ships. 

 

Does the Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI support the advanced internet-enabled features of ATSC 3.0 such as emergency alerting and interactive content?
Yes! As long as your Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI has an active internet connection, proposed internet-enabled ATSC 3.0 features like local weather emergency alerts and interactive content elements like shoppable ads or voting will be supported where and when available. 

Does the Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI support closed captioning?
Yes! Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI supports closed captioning. For details about Tablo's closed captioning support visit the Tablo blog.

 

Can I use the Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI without a subscription?
Yes. But to enjoy the full Tablo experience, a subscription to our optional TV Guide Data Service is recommended. Without a Tablo subscription, you can still watch live TV and set manual recordings by date/time/channel but series recordings, cover art, and other advanced features are only available with active subscriptions. Read more about using Tablo without a subscription on the Tablo Guide Data Service page.


Can I transfer my current TV Guide Data Service subscription to the Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI?
Yes! You can transfer your Tablo TV Guide Data Service subscription to any other Tablo DVR at any time via the Tablo account portal at account.tablotv.com.


Does the Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI support Automatic Commercial Skip?
Due to the planned sunsetting of Premium Service and Automatic Commercial Skip for new customers, this feature will no longer be available on the ATSC 3.0 Tablo when it ships. Customers can still fast forward through ads on both ATSC 1.0 and ATSC 3.0 recordings.

Can I connect the Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI to my older Tablo so it can receive ATSC 3.0 broadcasts?

No. The Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI cannot be used to ‘upgrade’ a previous generation of Tablo OTA DVR to support ATSC 3.0 broadcasts.


How do I tell within the Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI interface which channels are ATSC 1.0 and which are ATSC 3.0?
Each channel detected during a channel scan will be identified as ATSC 1.0 or ATSC 3.0 within the channel lineup.


Can I transfer recordings from my current Tablo to the Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI?
No. The recording formats are incompatible.

 

Why is there no Canadian pricing or availability?
The Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI is not being made available in Canada as the country has no current plans to adopt the ATSC 3.0 standard.

 

 

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