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Old 06-09-2020, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia/South Jersey area
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So Verizon and comcast have really gotten out of control with there price increases and don't even get me started with customer service and I'm finally thinking about getting rid of cable. sorry if this is a silly question but how do you get your local channels without cable. I still would like the 3 major non cable networks.

TIA
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Old 06-09-2020, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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So Verizon and comcast have really gotten out of control with there price increases and don't even get me started with customer service and I'm finally thinking about getting rid of cable. sorry if this is a silly question but how do you get your local channels without cable. I still would like the 3 major non cable networks.

TIA
Just get an over the air antenna.
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Old 06-09-2020, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia/South Jersey area
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Just get an over the air antenna.
cool, last question. If I have one of those "smart" tv's do I still need an antenna?
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Old 06-09-2020, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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cool, last question. If I have one of those "smart" tv's do I still need an antenna?
Unless the stations in question stream their programming, yes.
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Old 06-09-2020, 10:22 AM
 
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So Verizon and comcast have really gotten out of control with there price increases and don't even get me started with customer service and I'm finally thinking about getting rid of cable. sorry if this is a silly question but how do you get your local channels without cable. I still would like the 3 major non cable networks.

TIA
YouTube TV is a streaming service that offers all local channels in its package. No antenna required.
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Old 06-09-2020, 10:24 AM
 
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cool, last question. If I have one of those "smart" tv's do I still need an antenna?
Yes. Unless you went with a streaming package, like YouTube Tv for $50/mo, that included them.
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Old 06-09-2020, 10:33 AM
 
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You'll still need good internet for streaming. That leaves you likely with Comcast anyway. Unless you have alternatives available.
Normally, when I run out of decent priced contract with Comcast, I clal and tell them I am shutting down service. In heartbeat they offer me a "current promotion" in my area that gives me good price for a year. Then, we play that game again. I am not even irate with it anymore.
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Old 06-09-2020, 10:36 AM
 
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We cut the cord 5 years ago.

Stuck an over-the-air antenna in the attic like this, and get ~ 50 channels...many of them some version of QVC. But it gets the core channels for news, football and weather.

https://www.amazon.com/GE-Directiona...38281661&psc=1
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Old 06-09-2020, 01:48 PM
 
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i have youtube tv

but my smart tv does pick up some over the air channels
however my antenna can pick up more channels and pick them up a lot clearer
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Old 06-09-2020, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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I've wondered about antennas, too. Mostly because I have one smart TV that has one of its inputs as "TV" and if it's selected, it will attempt to tune to local channels, like it shows the channel number and letters but it does not actually have the signal, there is no audio or video, just a black screen with the numbers and letters of the station in the corner.

I have no idea if this TV has some kind of built in antenna, and it's potentially able to get local TV, or if I need to actually connect an antenna...it was given to me by an old friend and it's possible that he had an antenna connected to it, and it is just looking for the last stations it found in a "scan" with his antenna connected, but now that there is none, it finds nothing even though it knows where it's trying to look. ????

I've been curious about it, but not enough to really work to figure it out, since I don't care to watch local TV networks much.

One thing too, there is a channel you can get for free for Roku and some of the other streaming devices called "Locast" and it streams local networks for a number of the bigger cities in the country. You would have to check their website to see if that would interest you but if you live in one of the big cities, it might work for what you need. And I very much recommend Rokus, they are way cool. I replaced my cable with them not long ago.
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