No more free tv!?!

United States
June 2, 2010 8:52am CST
I just moved into my apartment. I grabbed a little antennae to put on my tv so I could get the local channels. You cannot do that anymore I found out. It's all digital and unless you go buy a high dollar new tv with a converter box already in it you simply won't get free tv! I am so upset. If I have to pay for cable then I don't want to watch commercials. They make money by making me pay for tv and then make money by selling time to advertisers... they are doubling up! I think I will go tv-less for awhile!
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11 responses
2 Jun 10
Buy cable tv.
1 person likes this
• United States
2 Jun 10
No. Then I am paying for tv still. I think since it is a free broadcast I should be able to get it. I may look for a converter box, but thinking more about going tv free!
@elvieb02 (696)
• Philippines
2 Jun 10
yeah, some countries are now abandoning the analog and switching to dth and cable. this is to monetize watching tv. so i totally with you in abandoning tv. you can easily watch those shows on the net.
1 person likes this
• United States
2 Jun 10
Yeah, think I am going tv free for awhile. Maybe I'll rent more movies or something. But I refuse to be forced to pay for tv! It's a free broadcast.. why can't I get it? I think I might see how much a converter box would be, but if it's more than a tiny bit I'm going tv free!
@_sketch_ (5711)
• United States
7 Jun 10
You can just buy a converter box to use with your old tv. Plus there is a lot of free tv on the internet. I don't have cable, so I watch a lot of shows on the net.
@kaylachan (4778)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
3 Jun 10
You can get a converter box for about fifty bucks. It works with oldert.v.s and you can get "free" T.V. Otherwise you'll have to pay a monthly fee for cable or sattlite. So its no crisis that you don't have your antania. You just need the converter box to use the rabbit ears.
@commanderxo (1496)
• Canada
3 Jun 10
Not to worry mac. You can watch all of your favorite shows on the internet, via bitTorrent. The best thing about it is; several new, as well as most or all of the old TV shows, are all digitally broadcast. It's free, so there's no need to miss an episode. One caution though: BE SURE that you are logged into only reputable sites. Torrents as you know are shared, and have a nasty habit of leaking viruses onto your system. cdrxo
@ann101 (519)
• China
3 Jun 10
You don't need to buy a new tv,you can buy a single converter box and that's enough.I am in Jiangsu Province in China and it's free to install the converter box here(but only install one box for a family,if you want install a second,you should pay for it)and pay about 3 dollars each month.Now we have more than sixty channels but usually I used to see three or four channels,just like the movie channel and science channel.There are radio fuctions and music collecions,etc,but I rarely use them.
@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
3 Jun 10
You could buy a special cord and run it from your computer to your television. I believe that cord is called an "S" cord? That way you can watch episodes that you've missed on the big screen. It's horrible how cable companies love to rip people off. We have satalite and our landlord has it hooked up with three accounts for him and his wife, our family and his other tenants. We each split the bill and pay $30.00 a month. The only problem with this arrangement is that we have to live with the channels the landlords choose. They just changed the program back to the channels we enjoy so we have no complaints right now. Take care
@hamid14 (81)
• Canada
2 Jun 10
if you live in the good ol' U.S.A, you will need a DTV Converter box like an Apex DT-250. BUT, if you live in good ol' Canada, you will need a good location, preferably in Toronto and a ChannelMaster 4221 HD to receive about 15 HD channels and 10 non-HD channels like Fox 28, NBC4, CBS, etc. Good luck!
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
2 Jun 10
Yes they changed this early last year. I think you can just buy the converter box to attach to your TV which will be cheaper then a TV with the converter box, since you already have a TV. This is suppose to give you your local channels. Good Luck to you.
@bunnybon7 (32484)
• Holiday, Florida
2 Jun 10
you can get tv programs on your pc. free. maybe not what you want while its on but you can watch episodes of things after they've shown on tv. i cant remember how its done but do a search. sometimes like if you go to the tv site itself, like nbc or abc, etc.
@cream97 (29175)
• United States
2 Jun 10
Hi, macdingolinger. Yeah, they abolished this act in 2009. No more antennas. I think that this really sucks! You have some people that don't want to pay an expensive cable bill. They would just rather catch the channels from an antenna. Not everyone is into cable like others are. If you ask me, I just think that this is a very good way for the cable company to get paid, for sure.