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How I Get Free Cable Television (Without Equipment Or Hacks)

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I’m not a fan of the current state of cable television.

It’s not because I’m some anti-television nut, not at all.

It’s not because I read a money-saving tip telling people to do so.

It’s not because I cut out all spending as a method of building wealth.

It’s actually a much simpler answer:

I don’t care for the programming.

Too many “reality” and competition shows.

Too many shows with the same premise.

And then the remakes–talk about unoriginal!

Most of it’s fake or interchangeable in my mind.

That’s why I cut the cord on cable many years ago.

And I’m not alone!

With cable and satellite television programming costing more than some car payments these days, people are looking for ways to watch their favorite shows without blowing a majority of their discretionary funds.

I can completely understand.

I laugh when I hear what some people pay for something I, for the most part, find absolutely dreadful.

Heck, I hear what my parents say they pay and even then they occasionally complain about “nothing be on”.

But I’m going to let you in on a little secret:

Couple watching cable television on a high-definition TV with surround sound speakers, cuddling on a white leather couch.
If you enjoy watching cable television you will definitely enjoy not having to pay for it if you can!

You *MAY* Get Free Cable Television

Yes, I said it.

It’s completely possible to get free cable television.

I know this because I am able to.

It’s not guaranteed to work in all cases, but this is what worked (and still does) for me.

That’s why I starred AND underlined the word “may” in the heading!

There are no strings attached.

You don’t need to buy one of those black box cable television descramblers or whatever they may be called these days (if those are still a thing–I’m probably dating myself a bit here too).

You don’t need to buy any equipment to connect to your computer.

You don’t need to tap into your neighbor’s cable television service (which is illegal by the way and I would never suggest you do that).

You don’t even have to go to any of those life hacking or cheap living sites to learn how to build your own antenna.

You have all you need right at home already–assuming you have a fairly modern television.

I will warn you that you do need a little free time and some patience, but that’s all.

Sometimes it takes up to an hour to process, but in the end, it could be worth it!

How *I* Get Free Cable Television

Again, this isn’t a trick.

I’m not using a black box cable television descrambler.

There’s no hacking or illegal tech either.

All I have is my television which had a built-in HD tuner and a cable connected to the wall jack:

Free cable television setup: smart television, Apple TV 4k, and sound bar.
I get cable television using no provider equipment: just my tv plugged into the wall jack.

This is the best part!

I’m using nothing at all.

As you can see above, there isn’t a cable box.

And I swear that I didn’t conveniently remove or photoshop an HD antenna or anything just for this article.

So how did I get this to work?

Oh, you’re going to love this:

It’s so simple it’s disgusting.

I scanned for it!

Yes, that’s all I did to get cable television beyond what my Limited Basic plan calls for.

All I had to do was go to my television’s setup, and tell it to scan for available stations.

When it finished after an hour, it had found all of the standard stations which are included with the Limited Basic cable package my HOA dues cover, plus about 32 or so “digital stations”.

The best part was the tv’s built-in tuner also pulled in the in-between HD versions!

After the scanning was done, all I had to do was go through the channels one at a time and when I came across one that was in standard definition, I simply removed it from my available channels.

Now, I know what you are thinking…this must be some sort of fluke, like when you were a kid and set the tv to channel 2 and the cable box to the porn channel and you could see it semi-clearly.

I’ll be honest, I was skeptical too.

So I went to my parents’ house and conducted a little experiment.

You see, they have a completely different cable television provider than I have, and they have newer tv sets.

The results were the same as mine, except better.

On their television, the digital music stations came in with the sound and picture, where I didn’t get anything.

So that told me all I needed to know–this wasn’t something relegated to only my television or my cable television provider.

You can try it for yourself one evening or weekend when you have a little spare time.

Who knows, maybe you will even have better results.

The TV Channels I Get

Ok, so we talked about the equipment I use to get my cable television programming.

We talked about the process, too.

Now, let’s talk about the TV channels I get using this little trick.

Local TV Stations

With my Limited Basic cable television subscription I get the normal local tv stations:

  • PBS
  • CBS
  • Univision
  • NBC
  • FOX
  • CW
  • Something Called My33
  • ABC

Using my TV’s scanning feature, I also get the same ones, but the HD versions on the in-between identifiers.

For example, if PBS in SD is channel 2, I get the PBSHD designation on channel 2-2 as well.

The same goes for each of the other local TV stations, all on the “-2” channel numbers.

Cable Channels

Similarly to the local TV stations, my specific plan comes with a few SD cable channels:

  • QVC
  • Mundo Fox
  • Ion
  • WGN Chicago
  • PBS/WXEL
  • PBS/WLRN
  • C-SPAN
  • Beacon
  • City Info
  • Jewelry TV
  • Telemundo
  • Univision
  • Weather Channel
  • Coral Springs TV
  • Mega TV
  • HSN
  • Cozi TV
  • METV
  • Justice Network
  • TeleXitos TV
  • Qubo
  • ION Life
  • Antenna TV
  • ThisTV
  • H&I (Heroes/Icons)
  • Bounce
  • get TV
  • Grit
  • Escape
  • Decades

That’s it, that’s the extent of the cable channels I am supposed to get with my Limited Basic plan.

Just like the local tv stations above, I also get the first column of these cable channels in HD on the “-2” intervals, too!

Plus, living in South Florida, it’s good to get The Weather Channel during hurricane season, even with the local tv stations since it gives wider coverage.

When I used the scanner on the TV, I started getting the following cable channels:

  • FXM (Fox Movie Network)
  • BET
  • USA
  • TBS
  • TNT
  • FX
  • HGTV
  • Comedy Central
  • ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN U
  • And a ton more of the “real” cable channels

I’m pretty sure I get at least 75% of the most popular stations out there.

It’s probably mostly all of the sub-100 numbered stations which are all of the most common ones.

Not Cooking, any of the FoxSports college stations, regionals like MSG or YES, HBO, Starz, etc. mind you.

There are some other obscure Spanish, shopping & local stations too but those are pretty irrelevant to me.

What If You Get No Cable TV

Blonde man wearing powder blue polo shirt getting no cable TV
Not everyone will be able to get free cable television direct from the wall jack. In that case, you should look into HD TV antennas.

The great thing about technology is that we do have so many options available to us besides traditional cable television subscriptions.

One of the things that I hear people doing is using an HD tv antenna.

Sure, it sounds old-school, but there is a big benefit to it:

All over-the-air television signals are uncompressed and therefore are true high-definition signals.

That means even if you can’t get free cable television the way I am able to, you may be able to at least get the next best option.

There are a few caveats, however:

  • The further you are from a tower, the weaker the signal will be and the fewer channels you will receive
  • The makeup of your home will also impede the signal
  • Line-of-sight to a tower is important in terms of trees, mountains, hills, other buildings and structures
  • Naturally, the weather will also play a part

The FCC even has a DTV Coverage Map showing you which DTV signals you should be able to access and how strong of a signal you should get.

It’s not exact, but can be used as a reasonable guide.

But, if you get lucky and buy an HD tv antenna like one of the ones below, you may be able to keep your entertainment budget lower than if you paid for cable television.

Wrapping Up

I get it, this trick won’t work for everyone or you may want/need more variety than what you can get.

If you prefer something else, try out Hulu which has a large selection of broadcast-type television shows, as well as originals.

If that doesn’t work for you, then maybe Amazon Prime will be more to your liking. Not only do you get the free 2-day delivery on eligible purchases, but you get the Prime Video included which I’ve actually been loving lately (more for the movies than tv shows).

Or, if you want cable television networks without the high cost, you can get 7 days of Sling for Free to try. Then if you like it pay as little as $20/mo with other plans available to add even more channels.

Your Turn

Have you tried this simple technique? What have been your results? Let us know and please include your city/state too. Even though this will vary based on televisions and cable television providers, maybe someone from your area can get it to work narrowing the problem down to your TV or provider!

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John @ Married (with Debt)
John @ Married (with Debt)
9 years ago

Sweet hack. I hadn’t heard about this. I’m still learning something new about technology every day. I know how you feel about TV. The future will be a la carte channel pricing, but that will be a complex endeavor.

Eric J. Nisall
Eric J. Nisall
9 years ago

I’m already on 10 days without it and I’m not missing a thing, other than being able to watch movies. I’m trying to go the rest of the month to see what effect it has on my electric bill, since no tv means no stereo or dvd player sucking power either.

Leslie
Leslie
9 years ago
Reply to  Eric J. Nisall

Really? You don’t listen to music? I turn on my tv maybe once a week, so I could definitely live without it but I absolutely need to use my stereo set-up for music. So that would still be a receiver, sub, and speakers sucking up power.

Eric J. Nisall
Eric J. Nisall
9 years ago
Reply to  Leslie

I’ve honestly been using itunes on my desktop to listen these past few weeks. I don’t listen to the radio, and all of my CDs were digitally converted to mp3. Plus, the streaming capabilities of my set-up suck so it’s just easier to listen on the desktop

Mik
Mik
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric J. Nisall

????✌️??

Modest Money
9 years ago

Very interesting, but how do you test it when you are currently paying for cable? Like how do I know which ones showing up are what I’m already paying for?

Eric J. Nisall
Eric J. Nisall
9 years ago
Reply to  Modest Money

Just disconnect the cable box from the wall jack and plug it straight to the tv. Then, when you scan through the channels, you’ll see odd ones that come through with decimal points, and those will be the ones that are free extras. The ones from the cable company are standard, using whole numbers.

Hector Blancha
Hector Blancha
3 years ago
Reply to  Eric J. Nisall

You know that works because you’re already paying for cable service. Stop paying and plugging the COAX won’t do anything if you scan. And don’t say “YES IT WILL” because it won’t.

Paul
Paul
2 years ago
Reply to  Eric J. Nisall

“TOTALLY FREE HD TV” is not a proper title. You are *PAYING* for Cable TV… you just are showing what you get with a QAM tuner builtin to your Television when connected to a cable provider without using a cablebox. In your TV’s menu settings, I’m sure its using “cable” (ie. QAM tuner) instead of OTA (ie. antenna/ATSC tuner) to scan and receive those channels.

Dwight Walker
Dwight Walker
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric J. Nisall

I have a cable card how would I go about doing what you described the card is in my tivo dvr

andy
andy
2 years ago
Reply to  Paul

Wow. It is free. I dont pay a dime and the channels come

David
David
2 years ago
Reply to  Hector Blancha

I have actually done this. It really DOES work. I can’t believe it. But the FCC actually requires the offering of over the air channels to be made available. I am getting 19 channels in total myself. But am getting CBS, NBC, PBS, ABC, FX, CW, MeTV and a few other oddball stations.

paul
paul
2 years ago
Reply to  David

FCC requires it to made available from the cable provider IF you subscribe and pay that cable provider.

andrew
andrew
2 years ago
Reply to  Hector Blancha

I havent paid for cable in 15 years. Neither have my parents on a different carrier and we get these chsnnels as well in upstate new york

BullShit
BullShit
1 year ago
Reply to  Hector Blancha

When it finished after an hour, it had found all of the standard stations which are included with the basic cable package my HOA dues cover, plus about 32 or so “digital stations”.

Anon
Anon
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric J. Nisall

Don’t you mean “disconnect the” coaxial cable from the cable box “and plug it straight to the tv”?

Removing the coax from the wall input would render this whole workaround mute, as the TV is not feeding off the coax “circuit” and thus gets no “antenna” pickup without the coax to house conduction’s natural OTA intake ( of course, I’m assuming the way your free TV trick works is that the TVs built in tuner combined with the “residual reception” a disused coax system gets by turning that and the building its part of into a sort of “passive antenna” allows you to get some degree of said signals without a traditional antenna involved ).

From Shopping to Saving

OMG really?!?! I have a Samsung Plasma. Do you think it will work? We have basic cable… I wonder if it will work. I’m getting excited now. It better work, or else I’m coming back to tell everyone it didn’t work. 😛

Eric J. Nisall
Eric J. Nisall
9 years ago

If your tv has a built-in HD decoder, it should work quite well. Of course, your cable company may be ahead of the curve and cut it off before anyone realized what they could do.

Marilyn
Marilyn
3 years ago
Reply to  Eric J. Nisall

Does this mean I do not need an antennae? I had purchased one at Walmart for anout $10, but really one channel came up. Then my son started to use the Samsung TV keyboard and all kinds of channels came up using the Walmart antenna.

Anany Mouis
Anany Mouis
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric J. Nisall

Does anyone realize your carrier is ripping you off if they render this pickup method moot with some kind of signal kill tech? As others have implied, carriers are legally required to render their paying customers the same OTA channels their STBs bring in regardless of HOW those particular stations come to the television ( i.e. if you’re paying for cable, satellite or even newer prototype “wirekess streaming carriers” like Sling, part of your bill is the reception license fee that covers OTA channels and thus “carrier mandated” STBs are basically a semi-illegal scam )

John Preston
John Preston
9 years ago

Hmmm. Admittedly, I’m a little skeptical. However, I don’t have an HD tuner so the attempt is pointless anyway.

Eric J. Nisall
Eric J. Nisall
9 years ago
Reply to  John Preston

Yeah, pretty much a moot point, huh? But, at least if you buy a new tv with one built in you can try it!

Felicia A Anderson
Felicia A Anderson
2 years ago
Reply to  Eric J. Nisall

So how do you this i have anttena but only get 8 channels i live in a apartment on lower level i hsve the anttena in the window but the channels are not coming through like they should any suggestions

Marie at FamilyMoneyValues
Marie at FamilyMoneyValues
9 years ago

We did without pay TV for 38 years – just got it 2 years ago and are supremely disappointed at paying to see sports (which we don’t watch), porn (which we won’t watch) and infomercials (who pays to watch commercials!!).

Local channel programming sucks too!

Eric J. Nisall
Eric J. Nisall
9 years ago

It’s definitely not for everyone. I’ve done fine without it since mine died. Granted, it has only been two weeks but it’s not like I was watching much even before it went.

Donna
Donna
4 years ago

So….we have been back n fourth with cable and antenna. ….only with an antenna pointing the exact position can we ever get ANY channels. If we undo the antenna. …..nothing.
I don’t understand what you are saying to do exactly. Again no antenna. …nodda. Antenna pointing exactly in the correct spot….the free over the air local channels. That’s all. Can you put your instructions in very layman terms….girly layman easy to follow term s maybe. ..:)
Thanks!!

Mike
Mike
3 years ago
Reply to  Donna

What Eric means is to use the lines provided the cable companies.
In your case antenna or satellite lines won’t work.

Joe
Joe
3 years ago

I have been using this method for years. I have internet only through cable line and they had an analog filter in line to fuzz out the basic cable but my tuner was still picking up HD channels. I was getting mad channels for a bit because they implemented the new digital box for TV and removed my analog filter for a couple months. Then when they cut out analog and new system was activated it cut me out almost entirely. I can now get a couple stations but they come and go. Lol, good thing there’s plenty of other options.

Patrick
Patrick
3 years ago

I’m in Ballston Lake ny I tried this method and doesn’t work any additional info would be great thanks

Jason
Jason
3 years ago

If you plug into the wall you could get OTA (over the air) channels (ATSC encoded the funny channels with decimal points)… usually best reception is with a good digital antenna. Unless your TV comes with a HD CableCard I doubt you’re getting digital HD cable channels… it’s a different encoding and that’s what the cable boxes do for us when paying for HD cable. If you’re getting cable channels, they’re probably SD without a cable box and you are connected to the cable company in their patch box. This can be a simple mistake on their part — or I have also known cable companies to not filter it out if you have internet service from them; it will be basic cable. I would think by now there would be no SD over cable anymore… but maybe they’re still doing doing it because some customers like one or two HD cable boxes… and have 5 TVs in the entire house and don’t mind basic cable on the remaining 3 TVs. Because cable companies are generally horrible… they charge $5 per month per HD receiver rental and I have also seen $5 HD upcharges per month for “HD Programming”. Sadly, I have both internet and “flex” TV (broadband streaming TV) from the cable company… but when they hike up my current rate next year I will probably get rid of TV and maybe downgrade the internet speed. I usually watch movies… so I am an avid Roku user. Sadly I’m still behind on the times and run at 720p… but now with a really good laptop I can put 1080i on the TV… it’s an older TV.

John Steiner
John Steiner
3 years ago

Hi!
I’m guessing this won’t work for Directv customers, only cable right? Would I get similar results with a digital antenna and the scanning procedure?
Thanks!

John Steiner
John Steiner
3 years ago
Reply to  Eric J. Nisall

Thanks Eric, and so fast! I’m still checking out the stuff on your website. I wish I had an Aldi nearby! Thanks so much for the info, and keep it coming dude- you have a cool way about you!
John

no1tobetrifledwith
no1tobetrifledwith
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric J. Nisall

Actually, the trick should still work as long as the wall coaxial(s) meet the dish on the other end. Its not really so different from having the in-walled coax system running beyween coax wall inputs and an outside feeder to the cable lines. The only difference is the house coax feeds to a private dish and not a bunch of fiber or standard overhead lines ( so its technically less convoluted : the dish receives satellite fequencies and then feeds those to sat carrier decoder STBs in your home. But only the privatised channels would be outscrubbed from TV tuner pickup. The law in, say, the US requires OTA not to be so tampered with

Jen
Jen
2 years ago

WTF is this? I was hoping you could hack all channels including HBO, PPV’s, etc., for free. BOO!!!!!

Anne from Gold & Silver Investments

This is interesting… How much did you pay for your Apple TV? But I don’t pay for cable, and I have a limited to no time to watch tv. If I am interested in watching some series or news, I will find it online. Like the Netflix or something similar. Work and rest is more essential 😉 Cheers!

lawrence fee
lawrence fee
2 years ago

Eric – this works for me, and has been for a while. My question is whether there is a way to DVR this content, ideally with a program guide?

Charlie James
Charlie James
2 years ago

The heading in this needs to change. It’s not mentioned in the article that you’re paying for basic cable. So it’s not HD for free. Basic channels such as ABC CBS FOX PBS CW all transmit in HD in addition to SD. A person just needs a TV with an HD tuner. You’re still paying on a monthly basis unless a person gets an OTA antenna.

Carolyn J Maclin
Carolyn J Maclin
2 years ago

None of the junk works well. No matter who says what. I got a Leaf antennae from Fryes it works so-so. THEN I purchase a Hotcat (which is SWORN to work up to 130 miles) from Amazon. What a damn nightmare and a rip-off! It works worse than the Leaf. Paid, $31.95 for Hotcat, (that was also, BROKEN upon receiving.) Amazon only offered PART of my money back. Screw all that FAKE junk, that’s SWORN TO WORK BUT DOESN’T.

Alex
Alex
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric J. Nisall

I tried your suggestion with a bit of a workaround. I had satellite TV and pulled the plug because I didn’t want to pay. First I tried going through the receiver (satellite cable into receiver and then a cable from the receiver box to the TV) but that didn’t work, so I pluged my Satellite cable directly into the tuner on my TV. I scanned and my TV says right now I have 13 digital channels, however some of them only play music without a picture as you’d mentioned. I also can’t get any of the networks such as ABC CBS or NBC. Any suggestion on how to get those channels? The scan function on my TV worked quickly, what took the most time was figuring out where the cables go.

Alex
Alex
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric J. Nisall

Eric, Thanks for the reply. I probably shouldn’t have used the word “satellite.” What I meant was I connected the coaxal cable from the “dish” I no longer pay for directly into my TV and get 13 channels, but none of those channels are ABC,CBS,NBC. A lot of articles say I need to hook up an antenna to the dish to be able to get several of the free TV stations I want.

Sam
Sam
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric J. Nisall

I live 70 miles away from Orlando and NO antenna works for me on a brand new roku tv. All I want is regular channels which should be free everywhere anyways: CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX ect. Please help if you can!

Richard
Richard
1 year ago

I unhooked my TV and I bought a antenna. I now get 40 free stations. It’s the best thing I ever did

Becky
Becky
1 year ago

I’m not sure this would work on my TV as I don’t have a remote and there’s no known way to rescan it.

I have been watching antenna for a couple months and finally got used to the lineup as I only get three channel so can’t even watch the shows I wanted to.
One big downside to antenna is it get rid of shows without any warning used to come home to plug in my TV watch (yes I unplug because I have a cat likes to playing with cords on occasion).

And no more Mama’s Family or Jeffersons which was’t a huge loss but I really was getting into the Early Edition show which I wake up early to watch not a lot earlier than my normal wake up time but still wake up this morning after missing most of the shows yesterday it is not anymore.

Becky
Becky
1 year ago
Reply to  Becky

The other problem is if you need to have internet in order to do this and this pointless for me because the reason I got the antenna was so I didn’t have time either cuz they were charging way too much for Internet only. And I didn’t need cable with just the internet but I thought the antenna would have been much better yeah apparently we’re not allowed to get anything worth anything for any amount of time. And all I wanted was CBS can’t even get that so I settled for what was there and then they take my only so I enjoy away

DeeG
DeeG
1 year ago
Reply to  Becky

Becky,
We plugged our tv into the wall (the regular electric plug (you use to power the tv)) and then plugged the Mohu Leaf Antenna into the back of the tv and placed the leaf onto our wall holding/moving it around, until the best reception (depending on your house, etc a window would work as well) and then went into the tuner and had it do a “channel search”. This takes time (be patient, it will tell you when its done) as its basically locating the TV Stations. We did this a few times getting more stations added each time. This isnt hard, you can pick one up on Amazon, The Mohu Leaf 30 Television Antenna, Indoor, 30 Mile Range, Original Paper-thin for $22 or the Mohu Leaf 50 Indoor HDTV Antenna, Amplified, 60 Mile Range for $42.
We have been doing this for the past 12 years… : )

English
English
1 year ago

So back in the day (pre digital) this was a legitimate thing.
If you subscribed to the internet package you could simply place a splitter on your coax and hook up the tv and get the complete basic package (you had to subscribe to the internet package for this to work) I tried it a few months ago on a older tv and it no longer worked. Just tried it on a modern tv (Samsung ru7300 series) and same result.
If your cable provider has gone digital this life hack will no longer work.

Melissa Touray
Melissa Touray
1 year ago

I’m so confused. I have zero cable, never have had cable in this house. Just bought a new TV, did the autoscan and I have all the local channels. How is this possible with no cable, no antenna. The only thing plugged in is my TV power cord to the wall. I have 3,6,7,15,42,etc. What am I missing? I thought I’d need an antenna or cable cord or something, no?

james flint
james flint
1 year ago

I had done this when we first got our smart Tv…….worked well, then cable company (Suddenlink) made some sort if change that required every one to have updated cable boxes, thats when my ability to watch box free disappeared.

Tamala Huckeby
Tamala Huckeby
1 year ago

I don’t have cable at all or internet. I have a rocky television. I bought an antenna from Walmart nothing. I cannot believe I have to pay just to be able to get basic channels like abc, cbs and nbc it’s absurd. What can I do to get some kind of channels without paying for it. Struggling mother just needs to be able to watch the news and weather at least.

Chris
Chris
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric J. Nisall

Most of the HD TV antennas are directional so they need to be pointed in the direction of the towers. There is a website that you put in your ZIP code and it will tell you what direction to point the antenna and how far away the towers are. It will also tell you what channels you should get. I pick up about 80 channels here in AZ

Last edited 1 year ago by Chris
Marge
Marge
1 year ago
Reply to  Tamala Huckeby

Hey Tamala,

You could try a digital converter box. I don’t have any cable at all or internet, and I have an old tv and with my converter box I get about 19 channels including abc,nbc,fox etc.

You would connect the wire from your antenna to the “in connection” of the converter box and then run wire from the “out connection” of converter box to your tv. Then use remote that comes with converter box to scan for channels.

I use the Tivax Digital TV Converter STB-T8 and my brother uses a magnavox and they are both good models.

Hope this helps!

Tamala Huckeby
Tamala Huckeby
1 year ago

Me again a roku television

Beth Soulier
Beth Soulier
1 year ago
Reply to  Tamala Huckeby

I tore down my dish from the side of my house and made a planter out of it. Then unplugged everything from my older flat screen TV. Put a paperclip in the whole where you would normally screw the Cable TV cable into on the back of my TV, Went to menu/ Then clicked on Air or antenna then Scan. took about a minute to scan and when done I had 36 over the air channels. Been two years without cable of any kind. Occasionally move antenna and rescan. Must say however I did eventually invest in one of those 30 dollar flat antennas you put in the window to get better reception and I got it. 200.00 more a month for me. Woopee. Also the bonus is no more arguments that take hours trying to get back stolen money from the cable companies and if it doesn’t work because of weather interference which is rare, or the picture goes a little fuzzy you could care less because you are paying nothing for it.

Sandra
Sandra
1 year ago

I just tried this hack on my TV and it picked up over 40 channels but there is no picture or sound. I get a square box in the middle of the TV that says Audio Only on some channels. I have re-scanned for channels several times but get the same result. The only channel that has any picture and audio is the cable’s promo channel.

I also tried hooking the tv up to an antenna but all I got was no-signal. I have the right antenna, researched where the broadcast tower is and best antenna for my location but no -signal. I have moved the antenna and tv to other locations in the house but still no signal. I even tried the antenna with a different tv but still got no signal. What is frustrating about this is I live in an area that is slight hilly. I live across from two neighbors who use antenna’s on their tvs and they have no problem. I am at a higher elevation than these two neighbors and I get no signal. I can’t understand why I get no signal and neighbors below me are using antennas without issues.

My cable bill just went up 28.00 and they eliminated my favorite channel from my package and it will cost me 9.99 to add the channel back! There has to be a way cut the cable cord once and for all.

PS – I don’t have a smart tv but it is only a few years old. I don’t understand why this great hack does not work on my tv and why I can’t get a signal from an antenna.

Any ideas???

Michael Hudson
Michael Hudson
1 year ago

I guess I’m not a tech nerd. I have read the article on how to get free T.V. by going to my T.V. settings but I can’t seem to get it to work. and I can’t find the place where you tell the T.V. scan for available stations. Can you help me to get this going. I would love to stick it to the cable companies who like to charge an arm and leg for there so called service.

Adam
Adam
1 year ago

All fine and dandy until the cable company does a tap audit and decides to come after you for cable theft. I hate to say it folks, as time goes on signal encryption will be more common and the adoption of “addressable equipment” will seriously shut you out if you don’t get caught. And yes, it is illegal (aka cable theft) to not report active service in your home that you don’t pay for. I get it cable is expensive, but so is the infrastructure that delivers the service. And leeching on the infrastructure can actually degrade the quality of service for paying subscribers. So if you get caught stealing cable you can face prison, a huge fine, and/or a civil lawsuit from the provider. Not worth it folks. Trust me.

Sherry
Sherry
7 months ago
Reply to  Eric J. Nisall

Could you tell a step by step of how to do it please