The NextGen TV ATSC 3.0 OTA TV ZapperBox Announces DRM Support Coming in September





Image of a zapper box and a TV.

Been wanting to take advantage of all the new features that ATSC 3.0 NextGen TV has to offer? Need DRM support? Good news finally, we have a timeline for DRM support on a runner. 4K TV, improved sound, better weather alerts, and a ton of other features are coming with the NextGen TV ATSC 3.0 free over-the-air TV. Sadly though, many are blocked out of the NextGen TV because of Digital Rights Management or DRM is blocked on all external runners. Now the Zapperbox may be the first tuner to support DRM.

Here is what was announced for the DRM support being added to the ZapperBox M1:

v2.2 Support for Secure Content aka Encrypted Channels aka DRM (September)

  • Cautions:
       * This first release of content security support will require an Internet connection.
       * Support for “unconnected mode” will accompany a future update
       * This release will not support recording and playback of secure content. That will come with a future update.
       * This release will require an OS update that takes 5-7 minutes to install.

This news comes as the ZapperBox has recently been updated to add a built-in DVR if you add some external storage. This makes it one of the few DVR options of ATSC 3.0 NextGen TV.

The only downside is you will need to pay for the 14-day guide data.

You can find the ZapperBox on Amazon HERE.

Here are the official release notes for the new DVR features on the ZapperBox:

Aug 2, 2023 

ZapperBox v2.0 and OS 230322 Release Notes



  • DVR features in this release are in beta. We will keep releasing frequent updates as usual. 
  • The DVR beta features in this release require a subscription to 14-day guide data. Click here to subscribe. 
  • The next release v2.1 will enable DVR use without a subscription. 
  • DVR features require a minimum storage capacity of 128 GB. 
  • This release will require a reformat of your storage device in order to enable DVR features.

New Features 

  • DVR, Live TV and Record buttons have been enabled on the remote control 
  • You can schedule recordings from within the grid guide and and the search menu 
  • Pressing DVR lets you navigate your library of recordings, scheduled recordings, series recordings and a historical log of all recordings. 
  • Recordings can be deleted by using the Zap key.

See the full release history HERE

Upcoming v2.1 Release (Aug 21-23) 

  • Manual recordings without a subscription 
  • Record only new shows 
  • Do not record duplicate shows

More Upcoming DVR Features  

  • Edit scheduled recordings 
  • Show channel logos in grid guides 
  • Add rich meta data like posters 
  • Categorize recordings by series and genre

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