Nuvyyo, the company behind a lineup of over-the-air DVRs, is providing cord-cutters another tool with the debut of the Tablo Engine, an Android TV-based DVR app that lets consumers watch and record live TV from local broadcast networks.
The app is initially available for the Nvidia Shield video streamer/gaming console, though Nuvyyo has plans to extend support to other Android TV-based devices. The Tablo Engine works in tandem with the Tablo Tuner, a new USB-connected device outfitted with two tuners. Users also have the option to capture OTA signals with the Hauppauge WinTV-dualHD USB tuner stick, Nuvyyo noted.
Using the Tablo Engine, recordings are saved in MPEG-2 format to the Nvidia Shield’s internal storage or to a separate USB-connected storage device.
The Tablo Engine app is free on Google Play, and includes a free, 30-day trial of the platform’s guide data subscription, which Nuvyyo is selling for $3.99 per month or $39.99 per year. Nuvyyo is offering the Tablo Tuner online for $69.99. To prime the pump, Nuvyyo is offering six-months of the guide data subscription for free to people who purchase the tuner through August 31.
Nuvyyo said the offering is tailored for consumers who “prefer an HDMI-connected OTA DVR experience.” By comparison, the company’s recently launched Tablo Dual OTA DVR integrates two tuners and 64 gigabytes of onboard DVR storage, and shuttles broadcast TV signals wirelessly to other devices on the home network, rather than connecting via an HDMI cable.
The Tablo Engine and tuner also provide a new way for consumers to use the company’s cord-cutting platform without having to buy separate Tablo OTA DVR hardware.
In addition to supporting live TV with trick-play functions, the Tablo Engine also ties in a 14-day live TV grid guide (via the aforementioned data subscription service), a content discovery system that allows for “one-click series recordings,” and support for Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound.
Nuvyyo has also bowed a companion browser-based app for Tablo Engine at my.tablotv.com that lets users manage recordings and adjusting the Engine’s settings.
The company’s latest product for the Nvidia Shield adds to a growing number of products tailored for cord-cutters. Other examples include TiVo’s Roamio OTA, Dish Network’s AirTV Player and Adapter, and Channel Master’s subscription-free DVR+.