The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) starts tomorrow in Las Vegas. For those of you not 'in the know', CES is the largest tradeshow in the United States and is where all of the newest cool consumer-focused gadgets are unveiled.
Last year at CES we introduced the Tablo 2-Tuner DVR and this year we want to make an equally big splash.
That's why we're very excited to finally unveil some awesome stuff we're cooking up at Tablo HQ.
Here at Tablo, we want to help make 2015 the year that you finally cut the cord on cable.
With the amount of technology and services available on the market today, cutting the cord is easier than ever and it can save you a significant amount of money.
How much money? Well, we've developped a new resource to help you find out - the Tablo Cord Cutter Calculator!
Why did you cut the cord? How much money are you saving each month?
I cut the cord due to the ever-increasing costs and horrible customer service with cable. I’m saving around $100 a month now!
What do you get with an HDTV antenna that you couldn’t get another way?
All the channels I get from my antenna are in HD. Even when I was paying over $160 per month for cable I had zero premium channels and zero HD. That cost was for basic cable only which is absurd!
Wow, the holidays are coming up REALLY quickly! Is it just me or did they sneak up on you too?
Thankfully, my holiday shopping is done but if you’ve still got a cord cutter on your list to buy for, we thought we’d share a few gift giving ideas.
Why did you cut the cord and how much money are you saving each month?
I initially ‘shaved’ the cord 2 years ago for savings.
We were paying nearly $200/month with Comcast so we switched to DirectTV. As always after the initial 6-12 month ‘honeymoon’ period the price would skyrocket again, then we’d switch to Comcast again. We got tired of the endless calling and begging.
Technology made cutting cable more attractive. As of now we pay $61/month for 50Mbps Internet. That’s it.
Just over a year ago, we were ramping up to introduce Tablo to the world. We had a product name, a beta-ready product and a handful of assumptions about how people would use it. Back then, we guessed most users would watch Tablo content on tablets and on TVs via Roku or Apple TV... (And eventually this thing called Chromecast that was brand spankin' new...) We also made a web app to be used on computers.
But we never really thought people would regularly use their smartphone to watch TV programs from their Tablo and figured the web app would work quite well for most smartphone users.
One of the qualities that unites cord cutters is that they love a great deal.
Most of us became cord cutters in the first place because we were sick and tired of paying a lot of money for cable or satellite service and started looking for entertainment options that offered a better value.
In a recent survey, 40% of Tablo users said that saving money was their primary reason for cutting the cord on cable. (The second most popular reason was that cable programming wasn’t worth the cost…)
Given the rising costs of maintaining access to those 300+ channels of reality shows and speciality programs you likely never watch, it’s not surprising people are looking for alternatives to cable TV. The average cost of a mid-range cable TV package is between $70-$100 a month. And that’s just for content, not the rental of hardware or extra fees your provider might charge.
Given that 47 of the top 50 shows are available via Over-the-Air broadcast networks, the cost vs. benefit analysis just doesn’t add up for most viewers.
The Tablo team is in Denver this week at the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (otherwise known as CEDIA) Expo (September 11-13, 2014). At the Expo, we’ll be showing off the Tablo Over-the-Air DVR that you know and love as well as something new we’ve been tinkering with in the lab: cable card support within Tablo.
Cutting the cord isn’t just about watching what you want, when you want on whatever device you want, it’s also about reducing the amount of money you spend each month on entertainment. Most of us who’ve joined the cord cutting revolution did so out of frustration for paying on average $85 per month for cable or satellite subscriptions. This is why doing the math on total cost of ownership (TCO) on your cord-cutting setup is critical to make sure ditching cable will get you the savings you’re looking for over the long term. As they say, the devil's in the details.