You do not need to buy a new TV. However, regular HD TVs typically support a resolution of 1920x1080. A 4K TV supports a resolution that is 4 times higher or 3840x2160. 4K TVs are also referred to as UHD, or Ultra High Definition TVs. A new feature called HDR (High Dynamic Range) for rich colors is supported in most new 4K TVs. Technically, it is possible for regular HD TVs to also support HDR, but that is unlikely.
ATSC 3.0 has three main advantages: 4K, HDR and Dolby® AC-4. If you have an HDR capable TV you can enjoy HDR colors. If your TV does not support HDR, you can still enjoy Dolby® AC-4 features. The ZapperBox M1 will support HDR10 and HLG formats for HDR. It will not support Dolby Vision or SL-HDR.
The main reason for connecting the ZapperBox M1 to the Internet is to allow for software updates. It can also be used to watch YouTube content.
If the box is not connected to the Internet, it will still work but will not be able to download software updates. ATSC 3.0 specifications will continue to evolve for a couple years and it is highly recommended to keep the box connected to the Internet.
At this time we do not recommend buying the ZapperBox if you do not have Internet access.
Look out for some really interesting features that will be added via software updates.
The dual-tuner version of ZapperBox has the following advantages: 1. While one tuner is being used to watch TV, the other tuner is used in the background to keep updating guide data being received over the air on other frequencies. This way, whenever you press the guide button, you see the most current guide data. 2. Once we update the box with DVR capabilities the second tuner can be used to record a program that is not currently being watched.
DVR will be priced at $2/month or $20/year. Extended (14-day) guide data will be priced at $1/mo or $10/year and will require an Internet connection. The two can be used independently of each other. Obviously, extended guide data will make DVR easier to use.
Broadcasters may decide to copy protect ATSC 3.0 broadcasts, as specified by the ATSC, in the future. Our goal is to allow all M1 units to be upgradeable to support copy protected broadcasts. At this time we believe that we will be able to upgrade all shipped units by offering swap-out replacement units. A round-trip shipping charge will apply. We are still researching this issue. There is some risk that M1 units may not be upgradeable to support copy protected content.
We had offered 3 years of free DVR subscription, valued at $60, to customers who purchased or ordered their devices before July 5, 2022 1. This credit will appear in your 'My Account' soon. 2. The three year period will start when we make DVR software available via auto update, not when you actually start using it. 3. The $60 value of the 3-year subscription may not be used for guide data or any other subscriptions we may offer in the future.
When you press the red power button on the remote control, the ZapperBox does not really turn off. It goes into standby (red light). During this time the HDMI output is turned off but all other internal functions keep working. In standby mode, a single-tuner box does channel scans to update guide data. A dual-tuner box is continuously using the second tuner to do channel scans whether it is on or in standby. Therefore, it is more important to put a single tuner box in standby and not so much a dual-tuner box. Putting a box in standby does not save any power.
The ZapperBox remote control uses NEC IR wave forms. Here are the hex codes for each key: On/Off 45 Mute 80 DVR D2 Live TV 5D Record 95 BA D0 Guide 19 Info 99 Up CA Left 99 OK CE Right C1 Down D2 Zap 42 Menu 41 1 43 2 03 3 44 4 46 5 07 6 47 7 55 8 17 9 56 Decimal C3 0 1B Back 11
All ATSC 3.0 broadcasts in the US carry Dolby AC-4 audio. The ZapperBox M1 can: 1. Transcode AC-4 to Dolby Digital Plus or MAT when connected to newer AV receivers and Dolby Digital when connected to legacy AV receivers. 2. Decode any Dolby encoding to PCM stereo in Downmix Mode and send it over HDMI. 3. Passthrough AC-4 audio over HDMI if the connected device is capable of decoding AC-4 audio.