Over the Air TV for FREE!
Now that I am retired, I am in the process of cutting cost for my TV viewing. "CUT-THE-CORD"
I currently have U-Verse but over $130 a month, at half price, I can save a bundle.
1.) I have a Walmart HD TV antenna with a powered pre-amp and remote rotatable, mounted in my attic. I get over 30 Channels. ($35)
2.) I have a TABLO DVR so I can record up to 4 channels at a time and play on 6 devices at once. ($200)
3.) I have a Fire Stick for all the TV's that do not have the TABLO app on them, so I can access the DVR. ($25 ea.)
4.) 2 TB Hard Drive. ($60)
5.) I have Netflix and Amazon Prime, maybe hulu.
6.) So many movie rentals like Fandango, YouTube etc. $$$$
My total monthly cost should be less than $40 if I do not count the Internet, which is a must have for me anyway.
If I drop Netflix, Amazon etc. I still have a $5 per month charge for the Guide but otherwise it would be FREE after the main purchases.
Anyone got any better ideas?
Please Share with me.
Cut the Cord TV Update:
Now that I have bought to much equipment and completed my testing I am suggesting the best route to FREE TV.
If you have a smart TV that supports apps and it as the TABLO-TV APP. You can cut the cord for as little as $150 for you initial investment.
I would suggest the:
1) Onn 4K HD Motorized Outdoor TV Antenna With 150-Mile Range at Walmart now about $28.99.
2) A Tablo DVR from Best Buy at $99.00.
You will need a Hard Drive for Recording, USB 3.0 up to 2 TB is recommended. 1 TB is about $40.00.
This DVR will record 2 Channels at the same time. The 4 Channel is $199 and supports 6 devices at the same time.
I get 34 Channels and I am about 30 Miles from the local TV Towers. The Guide for the DVR cost $5 per month and the first month is FREE.
The Antenna has a rotator built in and allows you to choose the best signals.
So far these are the best prices and configurations I have found at this time. The payback over Satellite, cable or U-Verse is in 2 months and then it is FREE.
Well that has been my experience the last couple of weeks. Making my retirement pay!
For those that were following my "Cut The Cord" for TV post,
I have completed all my testing and spoke to others that have done the same.
I am using TABLO as a DVR and recording up to 4 HD channels at the same time. I am supplying 5 TVs with videos and recordings. I have also been watching recordings and live TV on my tablet, I-Pad and cell phones as well as my PCs.
Here is a Snap Shot of the Election reporting on 3 Monitors and one PC. Watching Channel 2, 4 and 5 at the same time.
Cost is the same, $5 per month for the Guide and it works with all TV's on my WiFi Network. Also watch recordings away from home with Tablet, I-=Pad and Cell Phones
I thought this was a great idea, however after several months of using the 4 quad Tablo, I have had nothing but problems with it.
1.) Constant Buffering, I have spent sever hundred dollars on WiFi upgrades to my network, no help.
2.) Channels not recording, Channel scan shows great signals and other times not so good and recording fails. I have come to greps with this as a VHF antenna problem.
3.) Now constant Failure to play and drop outs.
Maybe Cut the Cord with Tablo no such a good idea.
Tablo has a great product and with the commercial skip feature it keeps getting better. However with all the failures to connect and stay connected. I may have to go back to cable. No help from support.
When using TABLO as a TV receiver and DVR, there is now a program that will let you RIP all your recorded shows from your TABLO to a Digital file for storage or playback.
Great way to backup your DVR Movies.
There are several types of Digital Video Recorders on the market.
My DVR of choice is Tablo 4 channel receiver.
It uses WiFi to connect to my 5 TVs. I can play and, or record 4 channels at a time. I have a UHF antenna and a separate VHF antenna for channels 4 and 8. If I try to use one antenna I have a pixelation problem due to week signals.
My Tablo is an older model so I have an external 1 terabyte drive for recording my shows. Tablo also has a free program to RIP the recorded videos to digital files you can store elsewhere or burn to DVDs. Tablo also strips commercials from the recordings.