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2014 Cord Cutter Holiday Gift Guide

Tablo giftWow, 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.

 

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Now Available: Tablo Web Apps for Smartphones

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.

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Tablo OTA DVR vs. Cable DVR - How Much Can I Expect to Save by Cutting the Cord?

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.

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Tablo Guide Data Subscription Store Now Open

Tablo Subscription StatesOur latest firmware release included several updates which enabled us to officially launch our guide data subscription service and store at Account.TabloTV.com.

Within your Tablo app, you'll now be able to view your subscription status as well as create manual recordings (date, time and channel) – useful for those who choose not to continue with a paid subscription once the 30 day trial period is over as well as for those who want to extend time on regular recordings.

 

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Tips & Tricks for Using Tablo on your Smartphone

Tablo smartphone primetimeDid you know that you can use the Tablo web app on your smartphone and watch live and recorded content from your Tablo OTA antenna DVR anywhere in the world?

Yes, it might be a tiny screen, but when you’re missing the game, on the bus, or waiting in line at the DMV, it’s a great option to watch content, or if you’re running late, to schedule a recording so you don’t miss a show.

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Tablo + Plex = A Whole Lotta Awesome!

Plex LogoTablo users can enjoy live and recorded HDTV programs on a wide variety of devices. But as of this weekend, that list grew by leaps and bounds with the launch of a Tablo Plex Channel, lovingly coded by two awesome Tablo fans, Michael Reid and David Van Ronk. For those of you who aren’t in the know, Plex is a very popular home media server software...

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The Tablo Cord Cutting Ecosystem

For those of us who are less technologically inclined, cutting the cord can be intimidating. But fear not! There are a number of user-friendly technologies on the market that can help you to access a similar quality and variety of content that you've come accustomed to with cable, but at a fraction of the cost.

This is why today we’d like to give you insight into different cord cutting technologies on the market and how we’ve designed Tablo to work with them as part of a larger cord-cutting ecosystem. 

Tablo and Roku

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Access Your Tablo Anywhere with Tablo Connect

Angry HomerHave you ever been bored at work (don't worry we won't tell), waiting for a doctor's appointment or in your local coffee shop, and thought to yourself, "Why can't I watch my local news, or last night's episode of the Big Bang Theory, or that awesome Simpsons episode re-run from last month?"

Well, you're in luck! Today we're talking about one of our coolest features that will let you do just that - Tablo Connect.

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Watch Online All the Time with the Tablo Web App

Web App RainbowToday we want to show you yet another way to access your Tablo content: our web app.

Our web app (optimized for Chrome and Safari web browsers) has all the Tablo app features you love in a flexible package. Let’s get into the details…

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Can I Use Tablo Without a Subscription?

Tablo Subscription FeaturesTo enjoy the full Tablo experience, a subscription to our guide data service is recommended. For just $4.99 US a month, our guide data provides the beautiful cover art, episode and series synopses and metadata that make it easy to browse content and set recordings on your Tablo through our various apps. It also enables us to provide some of our cooler features.

 

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