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How I Cut the Cord with Tablo – By John, the On-Demand TV Watching Cord Cutter

Is Tablo right for you? You've heard the buzz and read the expert reviews, but sometimes it helps to hear the whole story from real Tablo customers to know if this is the right solution for you. Our latest blog series, "How I Cut the Cord with Tablo" features Q&A style interviews with our Tablo OTA DVR customers, focusing on how they've cut the cord on cable to save money while enjoying a whole-home DVR experience using Tablo. Whether you're still on the fence about cutting the cord or you're just looking for tips and tricks on how to improve your cord-cutting setup, we hope you'll find these cord-cutting success stories helpful. 


Why did you cut the cord? How much money are you saving each month?

John and his sonI was paying $200 per month with Cox Cable. We were spending all that money to spend most of our time channel surfing for something worthwhile to watch. I started cord cutting with a Roku to watch Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.  After researching OTA DVRs (Tablo and TiVo), I chose to add Tablo for its technology and money saving features.

Specifically, Tablo allows me to upgrade the replaceable hard drive to any size. The Live TV grid guide looks so advanced and polished compared to any cable provider. Access to all of Tablo’s features isn’t free but in comparison to pay TV it’s a great deal. I paid less than $50 for a yearly subscription.

What do you get with an HDTV antenna that you couldn’t get another way?
I am extremely excited about the quality of Over-The-Air programs in high definition. It’s so beautiful! Way better than cable quality which is compressed. Live sports look phenomenal! You know where the game is played? My house.

Why did you choose the Tablo OTA DVR as part of your home entertainment arsenal?
I chose Tablo because I needed to save money while keeping my family’s appetite for TV on-demand satisfied, no matter where or when. Plus, I think the ability to have unlimited storage by adding large USB powered hard drives and ease-of-use puts Tablo over-the-top with regards to cost saving and top quality performance in my home.


Tablo on-demand TV 

What’s been the best thing about using/having Tablo so far?
The best thing about Tablo is the guide. The interface is user-friendly with large images displaying the shows and movie titles available. It feels so interactive and I have the option to peruse by the category of show I like or just look at the day’s schedule. Travelling for work or with my globe-trotting family we have access to our local stations which is great when our 2 year old needs his Sesame Street. It is a LIFE SAVER.


What other services and tools do you use to watch TV/Video content and why?
I have a Roku with the Tablo app on one TV, my Sony Smart TV with an Android TV operating system runs the Tablo app natively, and I use the web for streaming Tablo content when I travel. We also subscribe to Netflix, Amazon and Hulu for additional content options.

What advice do you have for others thinking of cutting the cord?
Do your research first. I started where I usually start which is with a CNET review of OTA devices. Then I looked at detailed reviews on Amazon. To see which antenna (strength/distance) I needed and where and how to place it, I used After that, cord cutting was easy as pie.

If you're already enjoying your Tablo OTA DVR, remember to post a review of your DVR on the online store where you purchased your unit and let your fellow cord-cutters know how Tablo works for you.

If you'd like to participate in the 'How I cut the cord with Tablo' blog series, drop us a line at We'd love to hear your story. 

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