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Cutting yourself loose from a pay-TV contract can save you big, but most cord cutters are forced to crawl back to the cable company for standalone internet service. And in many cases, it can be pretty expensive. As we’ve discussed before, there are some things you can do to bring down the cost. But the fact is that you still need internet and it’s going to cost you.

Being confronted by this fact, many potential cord cutters email me asking if they really need broadband internet, or if they can just use their data plan from their wireless provider. After all, you can set your iPhone up as a wireless hotspot. Isn’t that enough?

It depends. Let’s take a closer look.

One segment of cord cutters is perfectly fine just to watch over-the-air (OTA) television. After all, a majority of the most-watched shows on television come on free broadcast stations. Assuming you have a good antenna and decent location, you can get all sorts of channels, including the big networks like ABC, along with a zillion smaller stations.

However, if you want to use a DVR like the Tablo to record OTA TV, the internet from your cellphone company probably isn’t going to cut it.

“While Tablo primarily relies on your internal home Wi-Fi network for streaming content, Tablo does require a consistent connection to the external internet to download guide data and periodic firmware updates. This makes an intermittent 3 or 4G connection a less than ideal situation,” said Grant Hall, CEO of Nuvyyo, the makers of Tablo. “While it may be satisfying to completely sever ties with a service provider, the majority of our customers retain high speed internet access which enables them to combine free Over-the-Air TV with streaming services to create an experience similar to cable, but without the high price tag.”

 

Read the full article on DSL Reports… 

How to restart your phone/tablet

Sometimes, just restarting your smartphone or tablet can clear up issues with apps. The links below will provide detailed instructions on how to force close your Tablo app. 

Apple iPhone

Android smartphones 

Most Android smartphones and tablets can be restarted by holding the POWER button and then selecting RESTART or POWER OFF and RESTART from the POWER OPTIONS menu.

NOTE: Newer Samsung devices require you to hold the POWER/SIDE button and VOLUME DOWN to make the POWER OPTIONS menu appear. On the Google Pixel 6, hold the POWER and VOLUME UP buttons.

How to force close your Tablo app?

Sometimes, just restarting the app can fix things. The links below will provide detailed instructions on how to force close your Tablo app. 

Apple iPhone/iPad

Android smartphones/tablets 

Need help with the final steps?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.  Follow the steps in the video below for a full walkthrough of the remaining parts of the Tablo setup process.

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