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How to Watch the 2017 NFL Playoffs Without Cable

The best thing about being a cord cutter during the 2017 NFL playoffs is that even if you don’t have cable, you can still catch the majority of the scheduled games because they’re available for free with a simple Over-the-Air antenna.

 

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ENTER TO WIN: Apple TV Prize Pack

To celebrate the launch of the Tablo app for Apple TV and to give you a head start on your cord cutting plans, we're giving away a Tablo 2-Tuner OTA DVR and a 32GB 4th Generation Apple TV.

With this combo, you'll be able to catch all of your favorite network sitcoms, news and sports (including the upcoming Olympics!) from the comfort of your couch and in beautiful HD, all without a costly cable subscription.

 

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How I Cut the Cord with Tablo – by Brett, the Smugly Superior Cord Cutter

Why did you cut the cord? How much money are you saving each month?
Brett Tablo Cord CutterI recently moved and decided I didn't want to pay anyone anything for TV anymore. I didn't plan to stop watching TV - I just wanted to stop paying for it. I was spending close to $150 a month to get programming from a mid-tier satellite package to four TVs. Now I spend $0 a month. I get so excited whenever I think about this that a little pee comes out.

  

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Stop Paying for More Than You Need... Five Little-Known Money-Saving Tricks from Savvy Cord Cutters

Counting MoneyFor many people, saving money is the primary reason for cutting the cord on cable or satellite. This isn’t surprising given that the costs of cable are actually rising four times faster than inflation. That’s simply not sustainable for the average family.

Despite the best efforts of the cable industry, you can still save a significant amount of money (often $100/month or more) by becoming a cord cutter and still enjoy all of your favorite shows.

Here are five tricks from your fellow cord-cutters that’ll help you maximize your cord cutting savings... 

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How I Cut the Cord with Tablo – By Ross, the Escaping from Pay TV Cord Cutter

Why did you cut the cord? How much money are you saving each month?
I’ve been a customer of all of the major cable/satellite providers. Over and over again I was duped by their introductory pricing only to see my bills skyrocket to close to $100 per month for pretty basic TV services. For 5 years prior to cutting the cord, I had annual negotiations with my satellite provider to try to get my monthly costs down again. It became a huge pain to make those calls and still end up with minimal savings. When a friend of mine talked about how his family had moved to an HDTV antenna and cut the cord, I immediately began to plan my escape from pay TV. After installing everything, I'm saving about $65 per month and I still get to watch everything I did before I switched. I should've done this years ago.

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Cord Cutting with a Data Cap: It Is Possible

One of the ways cable companies are combatting the cord-cutting movement is by instituting bandwidth data caps (or finally enforcing caps) on internet packages. Potential cord-cutters have been warned that moving from a cable package to obtaining all video entertainment by downloading video or through streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu and Sling TV will be just as expensive, if not more, due to potential bandwidth overages.

Despite this propaganda, it’s totally possible to cut the cord on expensive cable TV contracts even if you have an internet data cap.

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Cord Cutting 101 – Four Steps to Freedom from Cable and Satellite

Tablo Cord CutterA recent study showed 2.9 percent of cable and satellite subscribers intend to cut the cord in 2015, which may not sound significant, but in fact represents millions of people who are fed up with the high costs and poor customer service.

With the finales of fall TV favorites over and done with, summer is an ideal time to join the cord cutting ranks. However, some folks may not even know how to get started. For you, dear cord-cutting noobs, we’ve put together a handy four-step cord-cutting guide.

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How I Cut the Cord with Tablo - by Tim & Ian 'The Rogers Rebuffing Cord Cutters'

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

We were, like so many others, numb to the high-cost of (popular Canadian provider) Rogers Cable service for many, many years. We were afraid to ‘cut the cord’, thinking that the high cost of cable was the only way to get good programing and HD content. After a truly horrible customer service incident in November 2013 we decided to cancel our Rogers service. We installed a roof mount HD antenna but still hadn’t found a reliable OTA DVR solution. Shortly thereafter Tablo was introduced to the market. Our savings for cutting the cord is $65.83 per month ($790 per year). 

 

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How I Cut the Cord with Tablo - by Michelle 'The Cord Cutting Baby Boomer'

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!

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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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