I get a ton of questions from folks around the country asking me about how to cut cable and get free and cheap TV. I’ve compiled the most common questions and answered them here.
A: I'd recommend getting a professional opinion from your local TV antenna installer if you want to put up an outdoor antenna. They will make sure it is grounded properly for lightning strikes.
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A: You’ll get the most channels with an attic antenna or outdoor rooftop antenna. If you are not able to set up a rooftop or attic antenna, try these tips with your indoor antenna.
A: This is a very common question now with the "FCC Repack" going on. Basically, the FCC is re-arrange TV frequency spectrum to make more room for wireless carriers. The effect is that many stations are weaker (and some are completely gone). Here are some things you can do.
A: Yes, see the options for multiple TVs in this article.
A: No. A Roku is not an exact replacement for cable TV. It allows you to watch free and paid content from the Internet such as YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, and many others, on your TV. You can watch, say, ESPN or The Walking Dead but you’ll have to pay for a service such as Sling TV or YouTube TV. And, you don’t get the network stations on your Roku for free either. You have to pay for a service such as CBS All Access (or use an antenna connected directly to your TV). At the end of the day, many people can find content they are happy with using a Roku or other Internet-connected device, for much less than the cost of cable TV, but there may be some shows that can only be seen live on cable/satellite.
A: No, Roku gets its content from your home Internet connection, not an antenna. You can use either one without the other.
A: There are services that provide the latest movies and TV shows for free or some low cost, but if it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably illegal. For various reasons, I don’t recommend using those services.
A: If you are in or near a major city, you should be able to get free broadcast TV to see sports on the networks and local channels. ESPN (along with other channels) is available on Sling TV for $30/month. Here’s more info on how to get sports without cable TV.
A: My Streaming Service Finder will show you which streaming services you should get based on the channels you want.
A: Yes, there are several options! See my recommended solutions for recording broadcast TV.
A: Yes! Check out a service called Playon.
A: If you have an older TV, you’ll need a digital receiver box to get digital broadcast signals.
A: This is more difficult than getting free TV. See my suggestions to lower the cost of your Internet service.
A: Unfortunately, no. The satellite dish is not the correct shape and has special electronics that make it not usable for receiving free broadcast TV. However, you can still use the coax cabling from the dish to your TV if you want to install a broadcast TV antenna where your dish was. That would save the step of running new cable from your roof to your TV.
For more technical info, check out some of these sites.
Let me know if you have any other links or online resources that have been useful to you! - Brian
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