TiVo has developed software that enables current generation Hydra-powered DVR hardware to manage a network ATSC 3.0 tuner and deliver next gen OTA content through those existing boxes.
While widespread ATSC 3.0 deployment (and an associated ATSC 1.0 drawdown) is quite a bit off, broadcasters in 40 markets intend to light up hardware to begin trials later this year. And TiVo has similarly begun preparations. This proof-of-concept (with laptop+tuner standing in for some sort of “box”) pulls in ATSC 3.0 antenna signals over-the-air to provide video content to an Ethernet-connected TiVo DVR. Of course, only Bolt and the new, new Mini are capable of rendering 4K content (with HDR waiting in the wings). But I expect the Roamio will be in the mix for SD and HD content.
Wether or not a 1st- or 3rd-party product (HDHR?!) ultimately makes it to market, and at what price, remains to be seen. Not to mention Ethernet vs USB connectivity also apparently remains in play. But, from the NAB Show, TIVo VP Ted Malone explains all (above).