When we announced the Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD OTA DVR in January of this year, we felt confident that our stated spring 2022 delivery date was achievable.
However, since that time, broadcast station ownership groups have indicated their intent to encrypt ATSC 3.0 signals using Digital Rights Management (DRM) beginning as early as this summer.
To ensure that the Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD OTA DVR can display and record ATSC 3.0 content, even when broadcast signals are encrypted, we need to complete the development and certification of DRM software for the device.
DRM decryption keys MUST be installed on the Tablo during manufacturing and cannot be added via later firmware updates.
Because of this, we anticipate a manufacturing delay of several months while we confirm the certification requirements, add DRM capabilities to the product, and obtain certification from the ATSC 3.0 Security Authority (A3SA).
Once this feature is complete, we can begin beta testing and then re-schedule the first production run of DVRs.
At that point, we’ll reach out to those who've pre-ordered again with a more specific ETA for delivery.
We regret having to make you wait longer for the Tablo QUAD ATSC 3.0, but this delay will result in a more future-proof and capable product overall.
Thank you for your ongoing support as we work to bring this next-generation Tablo product to market.