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Tablo Previews Automatic Commercial Skip

Like TiVo (currently) and Channels DVR (upcoming), Tablo is bringing automatic commercial skipping to over-the-air television recordings. The good news: You can see it in action below. The bad news: The company has delayed its release until late April.

Don’t worry, we’re still committed to making that happen but there are some additional algorithm tweaking and beta testing to be done which will push full availability into late April. Once your Tablo DVR receives the next round of firmware and app updates, Tablo apps on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, and Apple TV will hop right past pesky commercials on completed recordings.

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  • FYI TiVo's commskip is partially indexed by humans and limited to prime time stuff, whereas Channels and Tablo attempt to do this programatically - they'll encompass more content, but the results won't be as precise. Seems like a reasonable trade off.

  • Tablo is also forcing new purchasers to pay for guide data. Previously their devices offered limited functionality without the subscription, which costs $4.99/month. Now they won't work at all.

    Note that existing users are grandfathered into the old limited functionality, only new users are affected by this.

    Odds are this isn't a big deal for many people as the "limited functionality" only offered 1 day of guide data and didn't include a Season Pass type feature, rendering it about as useful as a 1985 VCR, but it's worth mentioning.

  • Well... I'd never recommend Tablo without a subscription and would suggest the $50 annual rate (vs monthly). Which, incidentally, clocks in lower than TiVo and Channels - whose prices I also didn't cite. Amazon Recast is the only reasonable fee-free solution at this point... which is reflected in its limited capabilities. We'll see where we are in a few months or a year.

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Dave Zatz