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Scripps' plans for Tablo, the DVR for cord cutters

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Scripps relaunches Tablo, the DVR for cord cutters

Who would have thought that one of the most interesting streaming gadgets of the year would come from a 145-year-old media company?

This week, the E.W. Scripps Company unveiled the new Tablo, a DVR for cord cutters, which can now record both over-the-air and internet-based free TV networks. In addition to beefing up Tablo’s capabilities, Scripps is also doing away with monthly subscription fees for the device, and lowering its retail price to $100.

I spoke to Grant Hall, the CEO of Tablo maker Nuvyyo, as well as Scripps enterprise strategy VP Bo Schuerman earlier this week about the new device, why Scripps is investing in DVR hardware, and what’s next for Tablo (spoiler alert: there are plans for a quad-tuner version).

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