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How to Watch the NASCAR Daytona 500 as a Cord Cutter

We hope you enjoy the following guest post from Chris Brantner, the cord cutting expert behind


One of the most popular and exciting races of the NASCAR season - the Daytona 500 - takes place this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. ET. Whether you’re a casual or diehard NASCAR fan, it’s a can’t-miss race.

Luckily, even if you’ve made the choice to cut cable, you’ll still be able to watch the Daytona 500 live.

Keep reading to see how you can catch all the race day festivities.


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Catch the Race with an Over-the-Air Antenna

Since the race is broadcast live on FOX, the easiest way for most cord cutters to watch the Daytona 500 is with an antenna. Assuming you’re located within range of the towers, you should be able to pull in FOX as well as the rest of the major networks (NBC, ABC, NBC) along with PBS and potentially other channels broadcasting specialty content.

The best part about using an antenna is there’s a small upfront investment and no recurring fees. Be sure to check out the reception in your area here, to make sure you’ll get a strong signal for FOX on race day.


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Pimp Your Ride Antenna with a Tablo OTA DVR 

The only downside to using an antenna is that you have to watch programs live. There’s no pause, no skipping commercials and if you have to run to the store for more snacks, you’re out of luck.

However, a Tablo OTA DVR can easily fix that problem for you. If you connect your antenna to a Tablo DVR, you can:

  • Record the Daytona 500 to watch later in case you have to work or head to the in-laws for Sunday family dinner. It’s also a great way for NASCAR fans to re-watch the race, or just the highlights later.

  • Pause for a bathroom break, rewind to see that spectacular outside move, or if you’re watching an in-progress recording, skip commercials and watch the race in a fraction of the time.

  • Stream to your mobile device if you have to watch on-the-go. With Tablo you can access your live antenna feed on a paired device, so you can be at Timmy’s baseball game or wherever else and not miss a minute of the action. 

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Tablo DVRs are also great because they provide you with a cable-like programming guide for your OTA channels.

So, there you have it. Antenna plus a Tablo DVR is the ideal setup for race day which lets you watch however you want and wherever you want to watch from. Enjoy, and may the best driver win!


Chris Brantner runs, a blog dedicated to helping people find legal cable TV alternatives. Follow him on Twitter @CutCableToday and like him on Facebook at 




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