Do you need cable to watch the local channels?

@terrych (1227)
United States
October 26, 2007 10:44pm CST
I am living in this place since August, and I did not have TV until last weekend, I just turned on once, and I realize that I do not have cable, well I knew that from before... but the weird thing to me is that I do not have local chanels... Is it that weird? I always thougth that local channels were free... but here look like I will need cable to start using my TV... I am so upset... It is alwas that way? Do you have cable? or do you get the local channels for free?
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13 responses
@darkaeon (466)
• Portugal
27 Oct 07
in my town i get my channels for free! best luck for you!
@terrych (1227)
• United States
27 Oct 07
I think that is the way it should be!!
@darkaeon (466)
• Portugal
27 Oct 07
of course!!! best luck for you in the future!!!
@terrych (1227)
• United States
28 Oct 07
Thanks dear... Have a great weekend!
@raychill (6572)
• United States
27 Oct 07
Local Channels are usually free. However, if you're not in a good place where the signal reaches it may not be able to come on your tv. if you have an antenna that may help. I have Direct TV, but I only have it in my living room. My TV in the bedroom can get the local channels, but I don't have an antenna so most of them don't come in very well. If you don't have an antenna, get one. They usually aren't too expensive. If you do have an antenna, then you're probably just not in a good signal area.
@terrych (1227)
• United States
27 Oct 07
I understand what you are saying, I do not have antenna yet, where I used to live I never need it... anyway I live basicly in the middle of the town, I do not understand how can be here a bad area to get the signal... I just do not see anything at all in my tv... I have to fix this soon, I had the tv for a week now and with not use...
@raychill (6572)
• United States
27 Oct 07
have you inquired with the neighbors? If they have it then maybe it's the TV. Like, our local channels where I am is 2, 11, 13, 22, 24, 45 and 54. I can get in 13 and 45 pretty clearly almost always. I can get 11, 22 and 24 most of the time, all depending. I can barely get 2 and 54. This is because of their signal strength. There could be numerous things blocking the strength or they just might not have good strength at all.
@terrych (1227)
• United States
27 Oct 07
Well I check with my roommates and they said I will need to get cable in order to watch tv... they did not say anything about is an antenna will work, I am going to have to ask again! Thanks!
@goodsign (2287)
• Malaysia
27 Oct 07
In Malaysia, there are six free TV channel and two for paid. For free TV: rtm1, rtm2, TV3, ntv7, TV8 and tv9. For paid viewing but not cable: astro and mitv. In your case, yes, it look weird because you cannot enjoy free local channel TV. Thanks, terrych.
@terrych (1227)
• United States
27 Oct 07
It look really weird to me, becaise I am so used to have free channels, in Chile always we have the public channels, but here,if I turn on my tv it is nothig ides, I am going to try with rabbit ears, to see if that works...
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@goodsign (2287)
• Malaysia
27 Oct 07
yes terrych, that small stuff of portable indoor antenna really a strong receiver. I currently use it.
@terrych (1227)
• United States
27 Oct 07
I think I should get one, because my tv is sitting there with no use for now...
@lilybug (21184)
• United States
27 Oct 07
In order to get the local channels you will probably need rabbit ears or something to get anything. I did not have cable at my old apartment and did not get any channels unless I had rabbit ears hooked up. Even then it was not that great.
@terrych (1227)
• United States
27 Oct 07
mmm... So look like it is always that way, not cable not channels... What are rabbit ears? where can I get some?
@suchand (117)
• Australia
27 Oct 07
Rabbit ears are those V shaped antenna's that were standard part of old B&W televisions. You can try to see if they can be bought in some of the electronics shops around. See these pictures for an illustration http://www.mylot.com/w/image/1790288.aspx http://www.mylot.com/w/image/1790289.aspx
@terrych (1227)
• United States
27 Oct 07
Thanks, I figured what are rabbit ears, I just did not know the name in english... thanks for your patience...
@suchand (117)
• Australia
27 Oct 07
Terry, Before you buy an antenna, you can try this simple trick yourself, if you have a double core cable lying around. If you don't know what a double core cable is, have a look at the link below http://www.mylot.com/w/image/1790294.aspx the picture is that of a twisted pair of wires, it will be better if you have a flat two core cable. untwist them at one end and make a T like stricture with a length of about 1 M for the T top . join the other end of the two wires together (you must remove the sheath at the ends for about a cm and then twist those copper wires) and plug this end to the central pin of the RF antenna connector located at the back of the TV. Hang the T end on the wall some where and then turn on your TV. If you are lucky enough to be at a place where there is sufficient intensity of local TV transmission, you should be able to tune your TV and get a decent picture. An illustration of the T antenna goes here http://www.mylot.com/w/image/1790298.aspx NB : The TV set must be switched off and the power cord taken off from the wall socket when you are experimenting. Plug it in only when you finished setting everything up. Electricity is extremely hazardous.
@terrych (1227)
• United States
27 Oct 07
Wow, that sound easy enough, thanks for telling me how to do it... if it works I will let you know!
@suchand (117)
• Australia
28 Oct 07
No probs sis . Let me know if it works out well. All the best :)
@cblackink (969)
• United States
13 Nov 07
I live in the U.S. and I can't get local stations either without cable, unless I buy one of those "rabbit ear" antennas. You might be able to get them at a Radio Shack store, not sure.
@terrych (1227)
• United States
13 Nov 07
Yeah, I am in US... that is kind of annoying... but not much that we can do my dear...
• Pakistan
12 Nov 07
yes,we have the cable and we watch the tv. we also can get the local channel free through air. the channels which are not free could be got through cable. so we are using cable and paying to cable operater for other than free channels. the channels provided by cable operator are news channels, entertainment channels, movie channels and informative and educative channels. I am wonder that, why do you not get the tv free. where are you living. If you can join mylot on enternet then you should also get tv channels there where are you living.
@terrych (1227)
• United States
13 Nov 07
So far when I ask people around here, they say I can get the channels but I will need an antenna, still donot understand why the Tv came without antenna...
@jhaime (134)
• Philippines
12 Nov 07
For me its weird local channels should be free. Better try to ask your neighbors about it. ^^
@terrych (1227)
• United States
12 Nov 07
Well I ask, and they said that actually are free, but you need to buy an antenna... In my country the TV come with the antenna already...
@foxyfire33 (10021)
• United States
27 Oct 07
You need to have an antennae of some sort at least to pick up local stations but it's no guarentee. Where I am, we are too far away from the "local" stations to get them in very well with an antennae. Most people get cable or satellite. You should probably just ask your neighbors what they do to get the local channels. I'm sure they would be willing to advise you.
@terrych (1227)
• United States
28 Oct 07
Yeah, I gues that I should ask my neighbors... thanks for your answer!
• Romania
27 Oct 07
Yes i do need cable to watch local channels.The only channel i can view without a cable is the national television the rest of them i cannot watch.But T.V channel have to "live" from something so they are paid by the cable admins.
@terrych (1227)
• United States
27 Oct 07
mmm... I am still not sure if I should get the cannels without the cable... I guess I will try the antenna, because a Tv without channels, it is like you do no thave a TV...
• United States
27 Oct 07
You don't need cable to watch the local channels. Just buy a TV antenna for local channels. Local channels are broad cast using air waves while cable uses a wire.
@terrych (1227)
• United States
27 Oct 07
that is what I thougth... Thanks for your answer!
@dlucia (208)
• United States
27 Oct 07
It depends on the building you live in. Sometimes the local channels will come in and sometimes you need an additional antenna. If you can't afford cable or want cable, try to get an antenna just for the top of your tv. You can buy these at most electronics stores or Walmart.
@terrych (1227)
• United States
27 Oct 07
I am going to get an antenna soon... to check it out!
@shiloh_222 (5482)
• Philippines
27 Oct 07
hi terry.. i used to watch alot of cable tv until 2005... since then, i mostly read news online... though, sometimes, i would watch it on my tv... do you like to read just online too?
@terrych (1227)
• United States
27 Oct 07
I read news online sometimes, but I like to watch news meanwhile I am getting dress, or having breakfast...