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Thanksgiving 2016 Football Guide for Cord Cutters

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


Thanksgiving Day is especially huge for NFL football fans. It’s engrained in Thanksgiving tradition—sitting around the TV with a turkey hangover watching the big games.

For cord cutters or those visiting family who have cut cable, the great news is you can catch all the games live, in full HD and without cable. 


Thanksgiving Football 

Here are your Thanksgiving football highlights:


Thanksgiving Day Football Schedule

Here’s the details on who is playing, when the games start, and what channels you can watch the games on:

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions – 12:30 p.m. ET on CBS

Vikings Lions


Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys – 4:30 p.m. ET on FOX

Redskins Cowboys


Pittsburg Steelers at Indianapolis Colts – 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC

Steelers Colts


An Antenna Is All You Need on Thanksgiving

Antenna TV is not the fuzzy (and likely black and white) picture you might remember. New digital Over-the-Air broadcast technology means antennas provide free access to live TV channels like ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC in full HD. In fact, all of the channels broadcasting NFL games on Thanksgiving Thursday can be viewed with an antenna.


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Along with a super sharp picture that is often better than you’d ever see via compressed cable or satellite signals, don’t forget the only cost of watching TV with an antenna is the initial investment on the antenna itself. There’s no contracts or monthly bills that skyrocket after a year or two of 'promotional pricing'.

If you’re interested in finding out which channels can be seen in your area, check out your Over-the-Air reception situation here.


Perfect Your Setup with a Tablo Over-the-Air DVR

Sure, an antenna is a fantastic asset to have as a cable cutter. You get to watch tons of TV and it doesn’t cost a dime. But, if you’re looking to up your Over-the-Air TV game, that’s where an Over-the-Air DVR like Tablo comes in.


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Tablo connects to your antenna and delivers all the normal features of a traditional DVR like recording, pausing, and rewinding live TV. You can watch live TV or your recordings whenever and on whatever device you like.

The real upside is that Tablo connects the feed from your antenna to the internet which means you can stream live or recorded TV from your Tablo while you're away from home and have access to internet or cell reception.

With Tablo on Thanksgiving Day, you’ve got more options. You can record the games and watch the next day on your XBOX One when your annoying cousin isn’t asking a question every single second. Or you can take your phone over to your in-law’s house and sneakily stream the game live in another room while everyone else argues over the election.

Pro tip: run some headphones up the back of your shirt, so you aren’t stuck watching the on mute.


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Long story short, if you cut cable you will not miss a single second of Thanksgiving day football. Plus, your experience can be a heck of a lot better than people who are paying something crazy like $5,300 FOR CABLE! An antenna and Tablo combination really is a good 1-2 punch, so I can’t recommend it enough.

Happy football watching and happy Thanksgiving!


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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