This is my screen name on most, if not all, of my online communities I'm a part of. It's just my first 2 initials and my last name and in forums like this people tend to just refer to me as VEQ or just Q
I'm in Houston, more specifically the Spring/Klein portion of North Houston. I bought my Tablo 4 about a year ago with the intention of cutting the cord and moving to OTA for broadcast and an OTT service like PSVue for my "Cable" service. That didn't quite work out as my service provider was able to sucker me into renewing for a year by offering me a sizable discount on my services that was going to actually be cheaper per month to stick with the cable and internet bundle I had than to cancel and pay for all the OTT services I was going to need in order to still get everything I wanted.
For me cord cutting isn't because I don't watch my over bloated cable package. Quite the opposite, it was about finding the best possible price for everything I needed and somehow the company was able to deliver that. It helped the cable company's cause that: 1. My apartment is only wired for their particular internet service; 2. The max internet speed they offered me at the time was a little too slow to get the most out of a Tablo; 3. I'm far enough away from broadcast towers (with 2 of the major 4 networks broadcasting on VHF) that my choices were to pony up for a large, expensive antenna, or press my luck with a cheaper antenna that claims to have a long enough range. I kept the cable bundle and basically forgot I even bought a Tablo for the year. $300 bucks well spent right?
Now a year later, the special discount they gave me is about to expire and unlike last year, I'm better armed to cut the cord entirely.
- I'm in the same apartment, but they upgraded the lines so while I'm still limited to 1 ISP, it's now doubled in speed and that combined with updates to the Tablo in the last year have really smoothed it's performance out nicely.
- I was able to DIY a custom built bowtie antenna out of sheet metal and I found a sweet spot in my apartment where every network I need, even the VHF broadcasted stations, come in beautifully.
- My viewing habits have changed where I don't feel the need to keep the cable like I did a year ago. I'm also not in a rush to go out and subscribe to a PSVue or Sling type service immediately. The ultimate goal last year was to save as much money while still getting to keep my services and channels. Today the goal is to keep as much money in my pocket regardless of losing some services.
So that's my story. As of this posting I still haven't called to get the cable portion of my services cut, but I have been back using the Tablo for a good month now and aside from 1 little issue (that I'll post about in the relevant thread later) that just popped up, I feel good about it.