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How to Live without Cable Television

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cableIn a time when many people are looking for ways to trim the household budget, getting rid of cable television is often a good idea. But for a generation that has grown up with cable TV, this may seem like the end of the world. Relax, it doesn’t have to be. Here are some alternatives that are likely to work just fine for your situation.

Step 1

Get an antenna. With the advent of high definition signaling, many local broadcast channels now operate anywhere from one to four secondary channels along with their main channel. That means if you live in or near a large city, chances are a good indoor or outdoor antenna will bring in up to twenty-five different channels – all without costing any type of monthly fee.

Step 2

Watch television online. You probably have a high-speed connection anyway; use it to watch television channels that are streamed across the Internet. There are a number of portals that provide access to these channels for no cost at all. If you have a newer television that can be connected to your computer, then there is a good chance you can capture the signal with your Internet connection and route it to your TV, instead of watching the programs on your monitor.

Step 3

Go with a satellite service. If you feel you must have access to a lot of channels, then look into switching to satellite TV. Many of these services will allow you to lock in rates that are half those of the cable companies, and keep those rates for anywhere from eighteen months to two years.

The fact is that people have many more options for television viewing than they had when cable began to take over in the late 1970’s. You are no longer limited to three to four local channels, even if you go with an antenna. Look into your options today, and start thinking of what you can do with that money you save each month.

Tips and Warnings

If you have an older analog television set, you will need a digital converter box to go along with your antenna. This device will convert the inbound digital signal to an analog signal that your television can receive. Connect the converter box to your television, then connect the antenna to the converter box, and you’ll be in business.

Try positioning the antenna at different angles and locations until you get the best reception. The antennas of today are much smaller than those large eyesores of past decades, and much more affordable. In fact, you can pick up high quality outdoor antennas that are no larger than two feet long and two feet wide, and will work by mounting them in the attic as well as on the roof.

If you live in an apartment, indoor antennas today are much more powerful than those old rabbit ears of years gone by. Some have a range of as much as sixty miles and are small enough to mount in a window casing, which means no one has to actually see the antenna at all, if the drapes are closed.

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tracysmith159 said:

Thankfully my husband has a crazy large DVD and VHS collection so we always have something to watch. Renting from Netflick or Blockbuster is a great way to live without cable
February 07, 2010
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paul said:

Very nice tips. 5*
June 02, 2010
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Carl Benjamin said:

Carl Benjamin
On line TV is up and coming.
June 03, 2010
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jswana said:

I say amen to that. I live without it. If I can, then I feel most can lol. Thanks for the great guidelines.
September 01, 2010
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