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Cable bills can be costly, often up to $100 a month. The reason why they are able to charge you so, is because they carry exclusive channels that you have to keep paying to watch. They don’t want us consumers knowing, but there is a way around the system!

You may not even be aware that you are already watching free TV channels, available without cable or satellite subscription. Below are just a few, out of many:

 

There are various local channels in your area that are free too. Up to six different channels may be broadcasted by each TV station. Our high quality antennas last an average of 20 years – and for the same price as one month’s cable bill. An antenna is also useful in case of emergency communications, as recommended by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

As for the shows only available with cable/satellite that you can’t bear to part with, you can always look into subscription with Hulu or Netflix. At most, they are only $8-10 a month!

By applying both, you get all your local stations and news stations, and all your favorite shows as well.

BETTER QUALITY PICTURE, FOR FREE

Some cable or satellite companies may add an additional fee if you want clearer HD pictures. With an antenna, HD quality is a given.

Since the transition from analog to digital broadcasts, many programs within the United States began to broadcast in HD. It may pass you by, but HDTV shows actually display a message on the screen that reads: “Presented in High Definition where available.” This is misleading, because you assume that you are receiving it in HD.

Cable and Satellite companies have satellites orbiting that work just like a TV antenna. They take in signal from the broadcast towers. However, they then “compress” the signal which is the equivalent of squeezing it into a really small package. They then go through the list of all their paying customers, and proceed to send these “compressed” packages to those homes paying for their monthly subscription. Because of this compression, the quality of the signal is not as clear as it would be if you were to have a TV antenna. TV antennas receive the signal directly from the broadcast towers – there is no third party mediator, and so the signal is the clearest and most HD quality that you can get.

However, you may not actually be viewing it in HDTV. In order to experience HDTV you will need:
• Indoor or outdoor UHF OR UHF/VHF antenna (Source of HDTV signal)
• HDTV (ATSC) to receive and decode HDTV signals (may be separate or built into newer TVs)
• An HDTV
• Free local HDTV broadcasts

Most local stations covering the United States transmit Digital TV broadcasts. A UHF antenna will receive most of the digital stations broadcasts (channels 14-69) “High-band VHF” and “low-band VHF” requires a UHF/VHF antenna.

The Digital TV transition

America's switch from analog to digital TV broadcasting occurred in June 12, 2009. If you want to watch local stations and you have an older (pre-2007) TV with an analog-only tuner you will need to connect it to a digital-to-analog converter box



You may purchase a DTV converter box with us HERE
Weak signals may not be picked up by your tuner so you may need a new TV antenna.

Connecting antenna to converter box

What you will need
• DTV Converter box with:
• An “RF” cable (usually included with converter)
• 300-75 ohm adapter if your TV or antenna has 300-ohm “twin lead” input/cable

Steps
1. Antenna output: Plug antenna to converter box
2. Antenna output on converter box: Plug RF cable to antenna input on TV
3. Converter box: Plug AC power cord to electrical outlet
4. Turn on TV
5. Tune to channel 3 or 4
6. Follow instructions in the converter box’s manual

Connecting digital converter box to TV


What you will need
• Converter box with audio/video input
• RCA cable (audio/video) (May not be included with converter)
• 300-75 ohm adapter if your TV or antenna has 300-ohm “twin lead” input/cable



Steps
1. Antenna: Plug output to antenna input on converter box
2. Converter box: Plug output RCA cable to audio/video input on TV
3. Converter box: Plug AC power cord to electrical outlet
4. Turn on TV
5. Select “line” or “A/V” input
6. Follow instructions in the converter box’s manual

Connecting converter to VCR to TV’s antenna input


What you will need
• Converter box
• Two RF cables (usually included with converter)
• 300-75 ohm adapter if your TV or antenna has 300-ohm “twin lead” input/cable

Steps
1. Antenna: Plug to antenna input on converter box
2. Converter box: Plug RF cable from antenna output to antenna input on VCR
3. VCR: Plug RF cable from antenna output to antenna input on TV
4. Converter box: Plug AC power cord to electrical outlet
5. Turn on VCR and press TV/VCR button to select TV
6. Turn on TV
7. Tune to channel 3 or 4
8. Follow instructions in the converter box’s manual

A channel scan prompt may pop up the first time you turn on your converter. If this does not appear, press the menu button and select channel scan. After the channel scan, the station it finds will be stored as preset stations which you can select with the remote control. Re-position the direction of your antenna and try another channel scan if you are not receiving maximum signal. You may also manually select each channel and re-aim your antenna while you start the signal strength meter

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