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Old 05-21-2008, 10:57 PM
 
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Just got an apartment in Sac for the job, and don't really want to shell out a bunch of money to get cable. Can you get basic tv stations in Sac WITHOUT cable or a dish network? I just want the basic ones - CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC if possible.

Have a newer tv, and can get rabbit ears if necessary.

thanks...

jb
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Old 05-21-2008, 11:06 PM
 
Location: West Sacramento
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Absolutely! Rabbit ears will work.
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Old 05-22-2008, 09:43 AM
 
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uh yeah, we've had our own broadcast TV stations here for about fifty or sixty years...
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Old 05-22-2008, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Happiness is found inside your smile :)
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Remember in Feb 2009 TVs with rabbit ears or antenna will not work anymore - everything is going to digital

But I saw if you have a computer there's no need to have TV if you don't want to
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Old 05-22-2008, 02:10 PM
 
Location: San Francisco, California
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to save money you can watch DVD's and listen to local news on the radio
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Old 05-22-2008, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Shingle Springs, CA
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You can also get sattelite TV through either DirecTV or Dish Network. I like DirecTV better. Better service and more selection in channels. Plus they have the exclusive on the NFL Sunday Ticket.
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Old 05-22-2008, 08:41 PM
 
Location: San Diego (Unv Heights)
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Default You might think about a dish

Sacramento has all the network affiliates represented locally. I've been receiving digital TV for around three years and the reception is acceptably good, however, I live only about 12 miles from the digital transmission towers in Walnut Grove. If you'll be possibly living in the outskirts like you've mentioned, you'll need to purchase a larger outdoor antenna to capture those signals. My co-worker lives in Auburn, (about 35 miles northeast of downtown in the foothills), and he became so frustrated with the weakness of the region's digital signals that he finally gave up and subscribed to DishNetwork. Sacramento is in a unique location geographically. It is in between two DMAs (San Francisco and Reno) so therefore, the wattage output of the local stations is restricted by the FCC in order to prevent interference with Reno or Bay Area television broadcasts. Because of this, the region has historically suffered from poor television reception. The volatile nature of the digital tv transmission (either you get a picture or you don't) will only complicate reception issues for outlying areas.
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Old 05-23-2008, 12:22 AM
 
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I live in N. Natomas and don't have cables. We get a bunch of channels; enough and it's free!

ABC 10
CBS 13
CW 31
FOX 40
WB 58
NBC 3 This comes in the worst for us
PBS 6 sometimes
MTV3 Spanish MTV
A couple other Spanish Channels
Something on ch 29 - can't remember

Plenty. Then you can go online and watch a bunch of shows if you have DSL or faster service. It's the cheap way, and I don't really miss having cable.
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Old 05-23-2008, 12:44 AM
 
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Default thanks!!!

Ah, bunny ears. Something from waaaay in my past. But it gets at LEAST 4 channels for free! Thanks to everyone who posted about getting tv in Sac sans cable...



jb
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