A Canadian company aiming to revolutionize the home media experience hopes to help cord-cutters access high-definition television content over the air.
Nuvyyo this week unveiled a new product called Tablo, a solution designed to combine the functionality of a DVR with the convenience and mobility of a tablet-based app to browse, record, and stream broadcast TV content to any device, anytime, anywhere.
“We are transforming today’s home media experience by delivering a better way to enjoy network and local programming in gorgeous HD, anywhere you happen to be,” says Grant Hall, the CEO of Nuvyyo. “For TV lovers, Tablo takes away the fear of ‘cord-cutting’ by perfecting the user experience with our tablet app and delivering the DVR functionality everyone knows and loves.”
The Ottawa-based company launched an Indiegogo campaign for Tablo to engage TV-lovers and early technology adopters as supporters and beta testers prior to the product’s retail availability in early 2014.
Replacing the need for a traditional DVR, Tablo takes free OTA HDTV to a new level through its visually rich, interactive tablet app. Consumers can easily and remotely schedule and view recordings in Tablo’s comprehensive guide that allows browsing by genre, channel or time. The Tablo app works on iPad and Android tablets, with playback and live TV available for iPhone and Android smartphones, PCs and Macs, and on TV screens via Apple TV, Roku, or Google Chromecast.
Nuvyyo’s Indiegogo project is focused primarily on gathering product feedback from TV lovers and early technology adopters and soliciting beta testers in key geographic markets. The company says that pledges raised during the Indiegogo project will be used to fund initial production runs of the hardware so that the $4 million in venture backing Nuvyyo received earlier this year from Celtic House Venture Partners can be earmarked for sales and marketing support of the general product launch in the U.S. and Canadian markets.
“The TV industry is in an exciting period of innovation with a diversity of new services and business models. Internet-based video is taking off and free OTA HDTV, with better quality than satellite or cable, is now widely available,” says Celtic House partner Brian Antonen. “We believe Nuvyyo has the right mix of technology and expertise to address these trends with a solution that adds free broadcast TV to the internet video experience so that live and recorded HDTV can be enjoyed on mobile devices as well as the traditional big screen TV.”